Bios

Ellen Lipes

After completing my BA, I graduated with joint bachelor of civil and common law degrees from McGill University in 1985. I was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.  From 1987 until 1998 I was a staff lawyer at the Industrial Victims Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO), a community legal clinic specializing in Workers’ Compensation law.  While at IAVGO I wrote the IAVGO Reporting Service Newsletter and was the Editor of the IAVGO Reporting Service.  I was also Editor of the practice manual Workers’ Compensation – A Manual for Worker Advocates and wrote many chapters. 

From 1998 until 2021 I practiced as a sole practitioner.  Most of my practice is dedicated to  Workers’ Compensation cases.  I also represent in Canada Pension Plan disability matters. 

I represent workers at all levels of the Workers’ Compensation system; Claims, Appeals Services Division and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.  In addition, I represent at  Canada Pension Plan disability appeals including Reconsiderations and appeals at the General Division and Appeals Division of the Social Security Tribunal. 

Michael S. Green

I have a BA from the University of Toronto (1979), and a LLB from Osgoode Law School (1982).  I was called to the Bar in 1984. I was a sole practitioner from 1987-March, 2021, practising in association with Gary Newhouse. Most of my practice consists of representing injured workers in workers’ compensation cases.  I also represent workers with Canada Pension Plan disability pension appeals.

I regularly represent injured workers in their claims with Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, including attending on appeals before the Appeals Resolution Officer and Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.  I also provide advice to personal injury lawyers about the effects of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act on lawsuits.  I represented the Union of Injured Workers in the Appeals Tribunal’s Pension Leading Case (Decision 915). 

In addition, I represent workers in Canada Pension Plan appeals before both the General Division and Appeals Division of the Social Security Tribunal. 

I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Specialty Committee, Workplace Safety and Insurance Law, for several years.  I have written many articles for the IAVGO Reporting Service.  Gary Newhouse and I reviewed IAVGO’s manual, Workers’ Compensation- A Manual for Worker Advocates.  I regularly speak on workers’ compensation law for representatives and injured workers and from time to time on lawsuits for personal injury lawyers.