Magyar, Bogle & O’Hara LLP

Will O’Hara

Partner


Office: (416) 519-3676 Mobile: (416) 300-7733 Email:  wohara@mbollp.com

Office: (416) 519-3676
Mobile: (416) 300-7733
Email: wohara@mbollp.com

Education

Med. (Certificate of Mediation, Osgoode Law School)

LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1983)

B.Mus. (Bachelor of Music, Dalhousie University, 1978)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Ontario Bar

Admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar

Qualifications

Law Society of Upper Canada, Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation




Profile

Will is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, and is a seasoned litigator in professional liability litigation, Canadian intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters and information technology, from protecting IP in digital documents to copyright infringement litigation to legal opinions on emerging IP issues. He has decades of experience in professional liability litigation, including acting as counsel for the Law Society of Upper Canada, LawPRO and numerous law firms.

In addition to his trial work, Will is experienced in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, achieving workable settlements for clients in appropriate cases.

Will has been a mentor with the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a volunteer with Ontario Bar Assistance Program, focusing on work life balance and mental health in the legal profession.

A well respected community member, Will has ridden the Ride to Conquer Cancer five times with his friends and neighbours in the “Bloor West Village Idiots”, and also sails and sits on the Board of Directors of the Mimico Cruising Club, where he is Director of Cruising. He is a visual artist, a musician and author of the book ENEMY ARROWS, a work of historical fiction that pays tribute to the city’s indigenous roots. Will has three grown daughters who live in Western Canada, where he spends happy times with them skiing, hiking, and exploring.

Teaching and Lecturing Experience

Frequent participant in the University of Toronto Law School Moot Program and the Osgoode Law School Moot Program

Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Instructor: Legal and Ethical Issues in Using GIS and Digital Data, 2006 to 2008

Waterloo University, School of Environmental Sciences, Guest speaker, March 2007

Publications

Practical Tips for Dealing with Vexatious Litigants, with Gary Caplan and Dr. Hy Bloom, seminar for LawPRO, September 30, 2015

ENEMY ARROWS, Toronto in the Year 1420, FriesenPress, 2013 (historical fiction set among the Huron-Wendat)

Learning from Google: Testing the Boundaries of Fair Use, GR Update, 2015

The Case of the Walking Man, The Ontario Professional Surveyor, Volume 57, No. 4, Fall 2014

Is the Crown Bound by the Copyright Act? An Encore, The Ontario Surveyor, Volume 56, No.4, Fall 2013

Can a Land Surveyor Be Wrong Without Being Negligent?, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 50, No. 3, Summer 2007

Protecting Survey Monuments, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 50, No. 1, Winter 2007 (reprinted in The Nova Scotian Surveyor, No. 179, Spring 2007)

Is There an Enforceable Copyright in a Plan of Survey?, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 49, No. 4, 2006

A New Dimension in Land Surveying, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 48, No. 3, 2005

Duty to Defend, Canadian Underwriter, March 2005

Avoiding Liability for Errors and Omissions in Map Products and Geospatial Data, presentation and paper, GeoTec Conference, Vancouver, February 15, 2005

Take The Assets – Leave The Liabilities, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 48, No. 1, 2005 (reprinted in the New York State Association of Professional land Surveyors, Empire State Surveyor, March/April 2007 and in the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors’ Association, Newsletter, Volume XXVI, 2005)

Diversions not permitted, Case Commentary, Lawyers Weekly, November 16, 2004

Limitation of Liability Clauses, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 47, No. 3, 2004 (reprinted in the Journal of Professional Land Surveyors of Nevada, Vol. 31, No. 4)

Errors & Omissions Insurance, Information and Technology Association of Canada, 2004

The Money Pit, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 47, No. 2, 2004

Avoiding Professional Liability, The Ontario Land Surveyor, Volume 47, No. 1, 2004

Saving Your Assets and Your IP, Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, 2003

Go and the Art of Civil Litigation, LEXPERT, September 2001

The Comity and the Tragedy: Defences to the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Canada, seminar for the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, 2001

Professional and Community Involvement

Ontario Bar Association

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers’ Association

Ontario Bar Assistance Program, Contact Volunteer (Volunteer of the Year, 2003)

Law Society of Upper Canada, Mentor Program

Mimico Cruising Club, Director of Cruising, 2015 to 2017

Ride to Conquer Cancer, Golden Helmet 2015 (participant for five years) and continuing in 2017