Morris A. Chochla B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B., LL.M., P.Eng.

Partner
mchochla@forbeschochla.com
T: 416-596-7724 ext. 240   F: 416-596-7562

Assistant: Kimberley McRae
E. kmcrae@forbeschochla.com  T. 416-596-7724 x 246

Morris specializes in professional errors and omissions, products liability, coverage disputes, and construction claims.

Morris has been a guest speaker at the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Canadian Association of Student Engineers, Lloyds of London, the Architects and Engineers Loss Control Program for Simcoe Erie/ENCON, the Insurance Society of Philadelphia, and the Ontario Bar Association.  He has presented papers at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Independent Adjusters Association, and at the Ontario Bar Association Annual Institute.  Morris has written papers on the insurers’ duty to defend, coverage issues and a variety of topics related to professional engineers and civil procedure.

Morris graduated from Queen’s University with degrees in Engineering and in Law.  He received his LLM from Osgoode Hall in June of 2011.  He was called to the Ontario bar in 1980.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall, York University, LL.M., 2011
  • Professional Engineer, 1982
  • Queen’s University, LL.B., 1978
  • Queen’s University B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), 1974

Call to Bar

  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1980

Special Designations

  • Professional Engineer

Awards & Achievements

  • Morris has been included in The Best Lawyers in Canada annually since 2006 in the field of Insurance Law
  • Named a Lexpert Leading Lawyer
  • Named a Best Leading Lawyer

Memberships & Community Involvement

  • President of the Ontario Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • Past Chair of OBA Insurance Section and Audit Committee
  • Past Chair of OBA Governance Committee and Strategic Planning Committees
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Board, Canadian Bar Insurance Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Association of Defence Trial Attorneys
  • Past Director of the Association of Defence Trial Attorneys
  • Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario
  • Lawyers' Rights Watch
  • Director and Vice Chair of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation
  • Past Member of the Board of Toronto East General Hospital

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter at Lloyd’s of London Claims Office, London, England Ontario Motor Vehicle Legislation seminars.
  • Presenter at Loss Control Seminars for various professional engineering firms. 
  • Speaker at Simcoe & Erie/ENCON on Architects and Engineers Loss Control Program seminar.
  • Author and Presenter of a paper “Litigation Against the Civil Engineer” presented at Canadian Society for Civil Engineering seminar. 
  • Author and Presenter of a paper “The Ontario Motorist Protection Plan - Impact on Highway and Vehicle Negligence Claims” at Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association seminar. 
  • Speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Independent Adjusters Association on the topic of “The Insurer’s Duty to Defend.”
  • Author and Presenter of a paper “The Claims Made Insurance Policy” at a Simcoe & Erie Law Committee seminar, 1987. 
  • Author and Presenter of a paper “Construction Claims” at a Canadian Independent Adjusters Association meeting.
  • Author and Presenter of a paper “Municipal Law and Nuisance Claims in Provision of Water and Sewage Services” at the Ontario Bar Association Annual Institute. 
  • Address to professional engineers on the topic of “Legal Defence and Insurance Issues Relating to Professional Engineers” at a seminar sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  • Seminar for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.
  • Ethics, Attitudes towards Science and Engineering – Canadian Association of Student Engineers.
  • Violence and Riots in Penitentiaries – Queen’s Law Journal, Vol. 4 no.1.
  • Your Work, Your Product Exclusions – OBA Insurance Law News Letter.
  • Claims Against Architects and Engineers - Done Nothing Wrong! at the Ontario Bar Association Annual Institute.
  • A Critical Analysis of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offences: Bill C-15
  • Hunter to Jarvis - Twenty Eight Years of Inconsistency
  • Occupational Health and Safety and Corporate Criminal Liability
  • Prisons for Profit
  • Reliably Unreliable and Unreliably Reliable: The Admissibility of Evidence in Criminal Cases
  • The Politics of Exclusion - A History of the Law of Search and Seizure
  • Has the Charter Succeeded in Guaranteeing Equal Protection and Equal Benefit of the Law for Youth and Minorities