THE MARTIN & HILLYER TEAM
Ian carries on a broadly based civil-litigation practice, with a strong emphasis on personal injury law.
Ian Brisbin has served clients for over two decades in all areas of personal injury law, including motor vehicle collisions, injuries on property and long-term disability claims. Ian is an avid cyclist and this passion manifests itself in his work, particularly through his focus upon the law as it relates to people on bikes, and cyclists injured by drivers in crashes. He engages in cycling and active transportation public interest advocacy, and uses his law practice at Martin & Hillyer to amplify the voices of seriously injured cyclists through www.velolaw.ca.
He is proud to have been honoured as one of Canada’s “Best Lawyers” in the personal injury field annually since 2020, recognition based entirely upon peer review. He has appeared as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of Ontario courts, and has extensive experience advocating before various administrative tribunals.
Ian has deep knowledge of employment law, both in its intersections with his personal injury and disability clients, and as a distinct area of practice. Ian has long demonstrated his commitment to sharing his time and energy with his community through volunteerism, primarily in leadership and governance roles.
Ian has served his profession as a chair or member of numerous Hamilton Law Association committees, and is currently as a trustee of the Halton County Law Association.
He is also deeply engaged in the community outside the legal profession, currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success, and as a member of the Board of Supercrawl. He has previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens, as Chair of the Official Board of Melrose United Church, and as a member of the Boards of: Share the Road Cycling Coalition; Hamilton Bikeshare Inc.; the United Way of Halton and Hamilton Campaign Cabinet; and the Board of Governors of the City of Hamilton Future Fund.
Ian is also a current member of The Advocates Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario).
Ian has completed an Ironman triathlon, six marathons including two Boston Marathons, a dozen Around the Bay 30km road races and many Paris to Ancaster cycling races, amongst many, many others.
Hamilton and Halton are truly home for Ian. He grew up in Burlington and lives with his family in Hamilton’s Southwest. He was granted his B.A. (Hons.) degree from Queen’s University in 1996 and his LL.B. from Queen’s University in 2000. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002.