About Breedon Litigation
What You Should Know About Us
Breedon Litigation is a boutique civil litigation practice located in Barrie, Ontario. We serve clients throughout the Province.
About half of our practice is counsel work for other lawyers, who retain us to assist them with their cases. Lawyers can read more about that here. We also act directly for clients in all sorts of cases.
We are not a "high volume" practice. We intentionally limit the number of files we accept to ensure that we can provide our clients with excellent service.
About Ryan Breedon
Ryan is the founder and principal of Breedon Litigation. You can read his curriculum vitae or download his contact information.
Big City Experience
Called to the Bar in 2004, Ryan practiced at Lenczner Slaght, the country's leading litigation boutique, for over a decade. He joined the partnership in 2014. During this time, his practice was divided between representing doctors in medical malpractice and discipline cases, and a wide variety of commercial litigation, acting for individuals, multinational corporations, governments and everyone in between.
Ryan has taken all sorts of cases to trial. He has tried cases before judges, juries, arbitrators and administrative panels all over Ontario. In addition to many medical malpractice trials, Ryan has tried cases involving real estate, construction liens, mining claims, commercial contracts, fraud, estate disputes, sexual assaults, car accidents, slip and falls, landlord and tenant disputes, charities and insurance, and has represented clients in wrongful dismissal, defamation, and other matters. He has acted for and against a wide range of professionals, including doctors, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, investment advisors, psychologists and nurses. We maintain a list of reported decisions in which Ryan appeared as counsel.
Ryan is regularly retained by other lawyers to conduct trials on behalf of their clients.
Ryan has been recognized by both Lexpert and Best Lawyers, national, peer-reviewed publications in which lawyers rank other lawyers they recommend. He is repeatedly recommended by other lawyers and is regularly retained by other lawyers to conduct trials on behalf of their clients. He teaches trial advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, and regularly speaks and writes on a wide range of topics. He is often asked to give presentations to lawyers, doctors, and other professionals.
Small Town Common Sense
Ryan and his wife Wendy grew up in Alliston, Ontario. In 2015, they decided to move to Barrie, to be closer to their families. Rather than trying to commute from Barrie to downtown Toronto, Ryan left Lenczner Slaght in order to practice closer to home.
Knowing his lifelong love of Star Wars, Ryan's partners presented him with this great poster, commemorating both his new adventures and the then-forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Happily, both turned out pretty great.
After leaving Lenczner Slaght, Ryan spent a year as counsel with a small personal injury firm north of Toronto. In 2017, he decided that it would be better to walk to work, and established Breedon Litigation in downtown Barrie.
Known as a pragmatic, no-nonsense lawyer, Ryan brings his years of Bay Street experience to his exciting new practice.
Not Just Another Suit
Ryan and Wendy are proud to live and work in beautiful downtown Barrie. They have four wonderful children between the ages of 7 and 19. Both are actively involved in volunteering for Barrie Out of the Cold and at St. Mary's Parish, including the RCIA program.
In his spare time Ryan enjoys long distance running and lifting weights. In addition to his legal education, he holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and is completing a Masters of Theological Studies at Wycliffe College.
Ryan also enjoys making short films. For many years, his films - starring judges and lawyers from all over Ontario - were screened at the Advocates' Society's annual End of Term Dinner.
Experience with all sizes of jobs
Ryan has represented owners, general contractors and subtrades in construction disputes involving projects all over the world. He has appeared in Courts and private arbitrations in disputes ranging from thousands to billions of dollars, acting for everyone from sole proprietors to some of the largest engineering and contracting firms in the world.
Put Your Business in Good Hands
Ryan represents individuals and companies of all sizes in commercial disputes of all kinds. He is regularly retained in litigation over contracts, shareholder disputes, and other commercial matters.
Ryan has litigated medical malpractice trials all over Ontario. He has represented clients in hundreds of cases involving every kind of medical malpractice, including birth trauma, surgical error, orthopaedic complications, failure to diagnose and treat serious medical conditions such as cancer, prescription errors, and sexual assaults. He has appeared in trials, appeals, discipline hearings and inquests.
Ryan represents both plaintiffs and defendants in all sorts of personal injury actions - car accidents, trips, falls, dog attacks, prison assaults, and more.
Real Estate Litigation
Lawsuit Involving Property? We Can Help
Ryan represents clients in all manner of litigation involving real estate, including:
- Lawsuits arising from the failure to close agreements of purchase and sale, involving both residential and commercial properties;
- Lawsuits seeking to enforce agreements of purchase and sale or rights of first refusal;
- Lawsuits concerning other interests in land, including partnerships, equitable interests and mortgages;
- Lawsuits involving agreements to renovate or develop land;
- Lawsuits seeking injunctions to prevent or require certain uses of land;
- Lawsuits against real estate agents, brokers and inspectors;
- Lawsuits about latent and patent defects in property;
- Litigation seeking to obtain or discharge Certificates of Pending Litigation; and,
- Lawsuits regarding boundary disputes, easements and rights-of-way.
Ryan regularly acts for both buyers and sellers in litigation arising from the failure to close the sale of property. If you are or may be in this situation, you may be interested to read our article about “What happens if I do not close my real estate transaction?” (coming soon)
Please note that our practice is restricted to litigation. We do not act as solicitor in real estate transactions.
We represent both employers and employees in wrongful dismissal matters. Ryan has acted for individuals and companies of all sizes in wrongful dismissal claims, as well as litigation involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.