Areas of Expertise:
- Personal Injury
- Civil Litigation
- 1989 B.A. (English) University of Windsor
- 1992 LL.B University of Windsor
- 2019 MBA University of Fredericton, N.B.
- 2022 LLM (Candidate) York University
I was called to the bar in February of 1994 and have practiced in the area of civil litigation and personal injury almost exclusively since that time. I spent the first four years of my career acting for insurance companies at a local firm which focused on personal injury insurance defence litigation. There I learned valuable lessons about the tactics insurance companies use to deny, avoid, limit and defend claims – lessons which have provided me with insight into the best strategies to frame and present injury claims on behalf of my injured plaintiff clients. I began my own practice in 1998 and began focusing on personal injury work. Through the years I have worked as a sole practitioner, with a partner, and through affiliations with other law firms. Today I am proud to lead the personal injury team at Bezaire and Associates with locations in both Belle River and Windsor.
My passion for the plight of innocent accident victims and the pathetically eroded (and eroding) compensation schemes to which they are entitled under the Insurance Act has caused me to become active in the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) – the pre-eminent provincial voice for legislative change for such victims – where I now sit as a member of the Board of Directors and upon several of their front-line committees.
I grew up in Windsor where I attended Assumption High School and then the University of Windsor, obtaining bachelor degrees in English and Law. I recently completed my MBA (Master of Business Administration) from University of Fredericton and I will soon be graduating from a Master of Law (LLM) program at Osgoode Hall Law School. I have been a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor Law School, I have been a frequent guest lecturer for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course, and I am often contacted by local media to comment upon personal injury matters and automobile insurance issues in the news. I enjoy speaking about the law and would be pleased to address your class, club, board or membership on any formal or informal basis.
I live in Belle River with my wife Heather and two children, Abigail and Patrick. I love all the babies and doggies in the world! I enjoy running, eating chicken wings, hanging out with my bride, and I never run out of things to read.
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“Just sayin” is the title of a series of editorials and op-eds written by Steve Bezaire, many of which are published in local magazines as monthly features. They may also appear in various other publications as editorial commentary.
Events already this year leave little hope that the Windsor Police Service Board is capable of discharging its mandate to provide meaningful oversight to the Windsor Police Service. It appears despairingly inept and out of touch, despite facing pointed criticism from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission in August 2020.
I recently returned from my annual, winter, month-long automobile pilgrimage to the Gulf of Mexico where I visit some family and friends in Fort Myers while on a ‘working’ vacation, and then the Atlanta area on my way back (I’m a Pisces and I’ve always considered the ocean air, salt water beaches, and intercoastal waterways of Florida as a substitute womb ever since I got out and first went there)…
On November 29, 2022, the Superior Court of Justice struck down as unconstitutional the provincial Conservative government’s Bill 124. Passed in June 2019, this piece of wage restraint legislation’s most objectionable provision limited wage increases for approximately 780,000 workers in the public sector to 1% per year for a 3-year moderation period.
A story on CTV’s website in early August reported that, although an overwhelming majority of registered Conservatives supported Pierre Poilievre for leader of the Conservative Party (44% to 17%), most Canadians preferred Jean Charest to become leader of the party, with a larger percentage of voters indicating they would not vote Conservative in the upcoming federal election if Poilievre becomes leader.
In life, even though you choose your words carefully, non-verbal communication – such as facial expression, hand gestures, gaze patterns, posture, and body movements – can lose you a poker hand, diminish your chances in a job interview, or even get you convicted by a jury.
Canadians are as politically disparate as the vast and diverse landscape we inhabit. Our elected legislatures need to accommodate the competing interests of a great number of factions — some economic (think agricultural, manufacturing, fishing, energy), some cultural and linguistic (English, French, First Nations, Old World immigrants), and some ideological (conservative, liberal, labour-oriented, religious), including many overlapping and distinct viewpoints in between, on these, and from other perspectives.
As recently as last year a newspaper editorialist proposed . . . “While the Crown is not perfect and does not rule in Canada, it is above partisanship, symbolizing the unity of the nation. This makes the monarchy a deeply authentic part of Canada’s political heritage and of its political culture of stability, peace, order, and (fairly) good government.” What a load of crap I say!