About Us

Riley+Aikins is a Toronto-based trial-focused litigation boutique specialising in corporate insurance defence, medical malpractice, professional liability and catastrophic injury cases. With a combined 65 years of experience at all levels of court in Ontario, our expertise is matched only by our passion for the work. We honour referrals and take a flexible approach when accepting cases from other lawyers.


Austin Riley

Austin Riley was called to the Ontario bar in 1977. He has conducted numerous trials and hearings at all levels of court in Ontario. Austin has acted on behalf of hundreds of seriously injured individuals, and serves as counsel to several insurance companies, and defends professional liability claims for a self-insured health practitioners’ organization.

He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Transportation Insurance Defense Association, as well as the University Club of Toronto, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and the Whitevale Golf and Country Club.

Austin is a fitness enthusiast and fan of sports – even though he lives in Toronto.

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John Aikins

John Aikins was called to the Ontario bar in 1984. He has conducted the defence of all types of casualty claims, accident benefit, and loss transfer cases, as well as product liability and contractual claims. John has worked on behalf of municipalities and professionals including engineers, chiropractors, veterinarians, brokers and accountants, and has served as lead counsel on numerous jury and non-jury trials in the Superior Court and appeals to the Court of Appeal, as well as hearings before the Financial Services Commission, the Appeals Tribunal of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and at private arbitrations.

John has been recognized by Lexpert® as a “leading practitioner” in Personal Injury Law, and was selected for inclusion in the seventh edition of Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Insurance Law.

He is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations,the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers’ Association, and is a past Chair of the Insurance Law section of the Ontario Bar Association. In 2010 John served as President of Richmond Hill’s historic Summit Golf and Country Club.

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