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Loretta P. Merritt*

Tel: 416 777 5404 Fax: 1 888 497 8644
*Legal services provided through Loretta P. Merritt Professional Corporation

Loretta is one of the few lawyers in Ontario who has substantial experience in dealing with abuse and harassment in civil lawsuits and employment cases. She understands and cares about abuse survivors, recognizing that coming forward, being heard and acknowledged as well as gaining a sense of justice and closure, in addition to the amount of a settlement, are what matter to her clients.

She has represented hundreds of clients in a variety of historical and recent sexual and physical abuse cases, including abuse by members of clergy, doctors, police officers, teachers, relatives and neighbors. Many of Loretta’s cases involve institutions such as school boards (both public and private), churches, children’s clubs, children’s aid societies, boy scouts, big brothers, group homes and training schools. She represents adults and children, men and women, plaintiffs and defendants.

Loretta provides information for victims of sexual assault who are trying to decide whether to sue. See Should I Sue?

Loretta’s civil litigation practice also includes traumatic injury litigation (motor vehicle cases, medical malpractice, and products liability).

Visit our sexual assault site


Awards & Recognition


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  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1990
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1985


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1987

Publications & Presentations

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

The Problem with Class Actions for Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

Class Proceedings In Ontario, class actions are governed by the Class Proceedings Act[1], (the “CPA”). Class actions allow an individual t...
Oct 22, 2018

Pursuing Compensation for Victims of Crime: Civil Lawsuits

Tackling Sexual Violence, Toronto Police Service, Sex Crimes Unit, 14th Sex Crimes Conference
Mar 26, 2018
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

When Should the Survivor of a Sexual Assault Seek the Advice of a Civil Lawyer?

Sexual assault is a traumatic event; one that can strip away one’s trust in the legal system. If the system was not there to protect the survivo...
Mar 21, 2018

News & Media

Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 22 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders.
Aug 21, 2018
In the News

Loretta Merrit comments on the London diocese sexual abuse case settlements

A decade-long court battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and its insurance company has disclosed $15 million in largely secret settleme...
Jul 26, 2018
In the News

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News about recent sexual assaults occurring at resorts

A Toronto-area woman says she is going public to warn travellers, after a security guard at a Dominican Republic resort raped her and the hotel "did n...
Jun 21, 2018

Loretta Merritt elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

OTLA champions and advocates for the rights of those who have suffered injury and loss through the wrongdoing of others.
May 1, 2018


Sexual Assault: Is It Worth It To Sue? with Loretta Merritt - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Loretta Merritt discusses whether it is worth it to sue or not in a sexual assault case as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Mar 31, 2015

Sexual Assault: When to Consider a Lawsuit with Loretta Merritt - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Loretta Merritt discusses when an abuse survivor should consider a sexual assault lawsuit as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Mar 31, 2015