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Cameron Godden

Cameron C.R. Godden

Tel: 416.581.8201

Cam Godden has been the face of Bell Temple for many years, and now practices as Counsel to the firm. He articled at Bell Temple and has gone on to build a distinguished career as one of the industry's leading insurance defence lawyers. He is widely respected by his peers and the judiciary for being a vigorous and imaginative litigator with the ability to distil complex legal issues into simple, understandable components to achieve practical resolution.

Cam's thinking outside the box has served his clients well. He spearheaded the implementation of joint defence strategies used by insurers to respond to complex and multi-party litigation. Such work includes "Operation Fog", which multi-suit litigation involved more than 70 vehicles in one of Canada's worst traffic accidents. This strategy resulted in the litigation being processed in an efficient manner  at great costs savings to the insurers. Another model of such strategy is the "Dock Defence" file, where 188 parties and entities were sued as occupiers by a paraplegic claimant.

His experience with complex and multi-million dollar claims has also led, in part, to the Ontario Legislature passing the Budget Measures Act, 2005 (No. 2). This involved amendments to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, Highway Traffic Act and the Insurance Act. The legislation was intended to limit the vicarious liability of leasing/rental companies. It is referred to in the practice as the "Cam Godden Amendment".

Cam is certified by the Ontario Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. In 2009, he was also recognized by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association for being a Leader in the Defence Personal Injury Bar, which award is conferred to only one defence lawyer in Ontario per year. 

Cam's practice includes complex bodily injury and casualty claims, coverage opinions, professional liability, products liability, class actions and multi-party litigation. He is also Co-Chair of the firm's Medical Malpractice – Health Disciplines Group.



* Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation


University of Toronto - Victoria College - History 1969

University of Western Ontario - LL.B. 1972


Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association
Toronto Lawyers' Association
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Ontario Bar Association
The Advocates' Society
Defense Research Institute (US)

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