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Meet Adam J. Patenaude

Specialty Insurance Coverage Lawyer
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Professional Highlights

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2015 to present)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada, 2020
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2010-2014)
  • Associate lawyer, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (2007-2009)
  • Articling student, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (2006-2007)
  • Student, Department of Justice, Aboriginal Law and Strategic Policy (2005-2006)

  • Adam Patenaude is a Partner in the Toronto office at Lerners LLP. His practice comprises insurance litigation and coverage advice for speciality claims under fidelity, professional liability and property damage to a variety of insurers. This includes representation of insurers on complex business interruption claims.
  • Adam was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada in 2020.

  • Fidelity Insurance
  • General & Commercial Liability
  • Insurance Coverage/Insurance Fraud/Policy Interpretation
  • Professional Liability
  • Subrogation
  • First Party Property Damage Claims

  • Temple Insurance Company et al. v Novex Insurance Company (2020 decision, not reported yet) – decision on apportionment of coverage between two insurers under a directors & officers policy and a commercial general liability policy. The court upheld our client’s interpretation of an “other insurance” clause.

  • Recognized in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of medical negligence (2021-2022)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of medical negligence and health care law

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2007)
  • Baccalaureate of Laws, Cum Laude, University of Ottawa (2006)
  • Bachelor of Journalism with Law, Carleton University (2000)

  • Adam sat on the executive committee of a local cooperative, non-profit pre-school for 5 years including serving 3 years as President.
  • Adam is also closely involved with coaching minor sports including soccer, softball and hockey. Most recently, in 2017/18, 2018/19 and in 2019/20, he volunteered as a coach on each of his son’s minor hockey teams and his daughter’s softball team.