Dan Lester HBA, J.D.

Dan Lester helps accident victims in Northern Ontario. He has chosen to devote his career to Plaintiff Personal Injury work in Northern Ontario. He lives with his family in Thunder Bay.

Dan spent his articling year working for the Superior Court Judges of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

Dan is a regular sessional professor at Lakehead University, Faculty of Law, in Thunder Bay. He currently teaches Legal Research and Writing and Civil Practice. He has also taught Professional Responsibility and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the past.

Dan also coaches the Lakehead University, Faculty of Law’s Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Moot Competition Team, where he prepares law students for a trial advocacy competition that focuses on personal injury.

Dan Lester sits on the Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area (“BIATBA”) Board of Directors and is a past member of the Thunder Bay “AAA” Kings Board of Directors.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys running and cross-country skiing with his dog, Hunter, playing squash and hockey, and spending time with his family.

Dan Lester’s Experience

Dan is a plaintiff injury lawyer. He represents accident victims who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents. He also represents people who have been denied Long Term Disability benefits and Canada Pension Plan-Disability (CPP-D) benefits.

As a personal injury lawyer, Dan Lester has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Canada Pension Plan Disability Review Tribunal, the Social Security Tribunal, and the Small Claims Court.

Dan Lester has represented accident victims in Thunder Bay, Dryden, Ignace, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Atikokan, Nipigon, Fort Frances, Geraldton, and Armstrong, as well as many other Northern Ontario communities.

Dan also represents injury victims from many First Nations’ communities, which has taken him to the First Nations of Couchiching, Fort William, Aroland, Pikangikum, Cat Lake, Sandy Lake, and Fort Albany.

In 2019, Dan received the Martin Wunder, QC Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

Dan is proud to call Thunder Bay his home, and to practice law in Northern Ontario.

Dan’s Qualifications And Affiliations

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2012.
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, 2011.
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Public Policy), Dean’s Honour    List, University of Guelph, 2008.
  • Law Society of Ontario.
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Advocates Society.
  • Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association.
  • Thunder Bay Law Association.
  • Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay.
  • Lakehead University Faculty of Law, Sessional Lecturer.

Dan’s Recent Decisions And Papers

  • Paulin v. Keewatin Patricia District School Board et al., 2018 ONSC 2848 and 2019 ONCA 286.
  • Veneruzzo et al. v. Storey, 2017 ONSC 683, 2017 ONSC 2532 and 2018 ONCA 688.
  • Simmons v. Thunder Bay (City), 2017 ONSC 5893.
  • Moffat v. Wawanesa , 2014 CanLII 21575 (ON SCSM).
  • Leochko v. Rostek, 2013 ONSC 789.
  • Expert Evidence – Where are We Now. Presented at the 2015 Thunder Bay Law Association Fall Continuing Legal Education Conference.
  • Get Out! How to Escape from the Minor Injury Guideline. Presented at the 2018 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference.


“I unreservedly recommend Dan Lester and his experienced and compassionate team. Working with them on my injury case was both comfortable and hassle free. We were treated with utmost respect throughout the entire process, and truly appreciated Dan’s professionalism and expertise in the field of injury law. It was because of his and Rose Zuliani’s down to earth approach and determination that we felt we could fully trust them and their firm to represent us in our suit and see it through to the successful completion.”

B.M. (Motor Vehicle Collision and LTD Client)

“Hey Dan, heartfelt appreciation for your diligence in taking on my case. Your gentle nature, thoroughness and confidence were greatly appreciated.”

L.L. (Motor Vehicle Collision Client)

“I just can’t imagine my life if it weren’t for Rose and Dan. So thank you for being by my side and sticking with me while I was going through those awfully difficult times”

J.C. (Motor Vehicle Collision Client)

“You set this country boy’s heart at ease and made it possible for me to tell my story. Thank you for going to bat with me with the insurance company. It is so good to know there are good people who really care about little people like me.”

G.P. (ATV Accident Client)

“You are full of compassion and kindness. I can’t find the words to describe how wonderful my time working with you has been. You picked me up when I needed it and gave me the support and skills I needed to get where I am today. I truly am blessed to have known you. I remember what a mess I was in the beginning. I cannot imagine doing this without you. I can tell that you take pride in your work because time and time again you have proven this.”

J.V. (Motor Vehicle Collision Client)

“I want to take this opportunity to give you my whole hearted thanks. You have made an unpleasant time in our lives tolerable with your professionalism and grace.”

G & K (Slip and Fall Client)

“I’ve never had to deal with something like this before, so I was completely out of my element. Thank you. If I require any legal assistance, I’ll for sure be in contact with you again.”

T.A. (Long Term Disability Client)