Biography of Geoffrey Duckworth
Geoffrey Duckworth practices personal injury law and commercial litigation in Ontario and is a member of the Alberta Bar. Prior to joining Miskin Law, Geoffrey practiced litigation in Ontario and Alberta for six years at Gowling Lafleur Henderson and McCarthy Tétrault, and at two personal injury boutique firms.
Geoffrey’s personal injury practice has a particular emphasis on catastrophic brain injuries, including infant injuries. His personal injury and commercial experience includes automotive collisions, sexual abuse claims, slips and falls, diving accidents, train derailments, oilfield accidents, infectious diseases, pharmacy negligence, negligent design and manufacture, municipal liability, class actions and accidents in an occupiers’ liability context. Geoffrey also assists in the recovery of life insurance and disability benefits.
Geoffrey’s litigation practice focuses on commercial and civil matters. It includes commercial contracts, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, share and asset purchase conflicts, commercial leasing, real estate, certificates of pending litigation, construction, condominium management and environmental law. Geoffrey also has experience in employment, estates, family trust, defamation, railway, oil and gas, telecommunications, bankruptcy/restructuring, fraud and other areas of the law.
Geoffrey is a graduate of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, Geoffrey graduated with merit from the York University B.A. program.
In the course of his graduate legal studies, Geoffrey published a number of works and academic journals and was cited in a leading publication. Holmested and Watson: Ontario Civil Procedure cited his 2005 article on the disclosure of surveillance videos under Rule 30 as “…an excellent, in-depth analysis and critique of the case law on this subject.” At Osgoode Hall, Geoffrey was given the Peter W. Hogg Graduate Award and the Honourable Willard Z. Estey Fellowship. In 2004, Geoffrey and a mooting partner were awarded Upper Year Champions at the Osgoode Hall Lerners’ Cup by a panel of judges that included a Justice of the Ontario Superior Court. Geoffrey was also the sole upper year recipient of the Outstanding Oralist Award for top individual performance.
Geoffrey’s published works and presentations include the following:
- “Alberta Court of Appeal Opines on SEF No. 44 Limitation: the Status Quo and the Unresolved” (2013) 50:3 Alberta Law Review
- “Shaver v. The Co-operators: Alberta Court of Appeal Stays the Course on SEF No. 44 Limitation” (2013) 11:1 On-Risk E-Bulletin @ Gowlings.
- “Following the ‘Back to Basics’ Approach of Progressive Homes: Tort Principles No Substitute for Policy Language” (2011) – Presentation to the Insurance National Practice Group of Gowling Lafleur Henderson.
- “Alberta Court of Appeal Confirms that ‘Net Settlement Proceeds’ of Pierringer Agreements Deductible from Damage Awards” (2010) 98 The Barrister – Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.
- “The Incredible Shrinking ‘Interest in Land’: An Alberta Perspective” (2010) 8:4 Federated Press: Commercial Litigation
- “Historic Defamation Decision Recognizes New Defence: Responsible Communications on Matters of Public Interest” (2010) 4:1 McCarthy Tétrault Litigation Co-Counsel.
- Co-authored with Mendy Chernos: “Alberta Court of Appeal Extends Judicial Deference to Securities Commission” (2009) 4:2 McCarthy Tétrault Co-Counsel: Business Law Quarterly
- “The Responsibility to Protect Humanity from Genocide and the Coming End of U.N. Charter Absolutism: Moral, Legal and Political Implications” (2008) 45 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 855 [Abstract].
- “The Impact of ‘Charter Values’ and Campbell v. Jones: Is it Now Easier to Establish Qualified Privilege against Defamation?” (2006) 29 Dalhousie Law Journal
- “Has ‘Trial by Unsurprise’ Gone Too Far? The Case for Delayed Disclosure of Surveillance Videos” (2005) 31:2 Manitoba Law Journal This work was cited under Rule 30 in Garry Watson, Holmested and Watson: Ontario Civil Procedure (Toronto: Carswell, 1984-looseleaf).
Geoffrey is also a blogger on personal injury issues.
Geoffrey is a passionate advocate for the seriously injured. He derives great satisfaction from seeking and obtaining justice for his clients and their families. He is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Durham Region, Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) and the Ontario Brain Injury Association. Geoffrey is also a supporter of the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI is based in Calgary). Geoffrey is a member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.
When not practicing law, Geoffrey enjoys spending time with his wife and young children. He is fond of experiencing downtown Toronto, Ontario cottage country, Banff, the great Alberta Rocky Mountains and Lake Louise.