Christina Polano

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Christina is a partner at Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP.

Areas of practice & Experience

Christina has practiced insurance and civil litigation with Thomas Gold Pettingill since 2008.  Prior to joining Thomas Gold Pettingill, Christina practiced insurance, commercial and civil litigation with a prominent Bay Street law firm for 6 years.

Christina’s practice is focused on the defence of professional liability, general liability and first party insurance claims.  She has represented clients at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal, including acting as first chair on three Ontario Superior Court trials.  Christina places a high value on her client relationships and works diligently to ensure that her clients’ interests are protected.

A selection of Christina’s recent work includes:
  • Defence of professional negligence claims against engineers, land use planners, and members of various construction trades
  • Defence of occupiers’ liability claims
  • Defence of police relating to allegations of excessive use of force and negligence
  • Defence of institutional sexual abuse claims
  • Defence of personal injury claims
  • Defence of liability, breach of contract, and defamation claims
  • Defence of life and disability insurance claims

Reported decisions

  • Aba-Alkhail v. University of Ottawa, [2010] O.J. No. 1714: The Plaintiff claimed against the University of Ottawa and one of its professors for damages arising from his termination and reinstatement to the cardiac surgery program at the University.  The Defendants were successful in having the Plaintiff’s claim dismissed in its entirety for failing to disclose a cause of action.
  • Small v. Stec, [2009] O.J. No. 426: The Plaintiff student sought damages against the Defendant University and its campus police claiming negligence, false arrest, wrongful imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution and breach of Charter Rights.  The Defendants were successful at trial in establishing that there were reasonable and probable grounds for the arrest, and that the Defendant University and its employees acted in a reasonable manner in arresting the Plaintiff.
  • Tradeworks Interiors Canada Corp. v. 437772 Ontario Ltd., [2007] O.J. No. 4250: The Plaintiff supplied and installed a carpet to the Defendant Apartment Building, and then sued for damages arising out of non-payment of invoices.  The Court agreed with the Defendant at trial that the Plaintiff breached its warranty and found that the amounts charged by the Plaintiff should be significantly reduced on account of the defective product and services supplied.  The Defendant was also successful in having pre-judgment interest suspended for the 3.5 year period that the Plaintiff failed to advance its case.
  • Jama v. Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, [2006] O.F.S.D. No. 102 (Appeal P05-00033): The claimant sought to appeal an Arbitrator’s Order which found that he was not entitled to income replacement benefits from the Defendant insurer.  On appeal, the Defendant insurer was successful in upholding the Arbitrator’s Order, which included an Order that the Defendant insurer be granted repayment of certain benefits paid.

Education & Associations

  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2002
  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 2001
  • Intensive Trial Advocacy Course, 2005, Osgoode Hall
  • The Advocates Society