In addition to commuting to his Toronto office, Patrick Brown enjoys recreational rides throughout Ontario, Europe and the United States. At home, he is active in representing injured cyclists and their families across the province and has been an involved cycling activist seeking to enhance the rights of cyclists through his organization, Bike Law Canada.
Due to the alarming number of cycling deaths in Ontario, Patrick and fellow lawyer Albert Koehl initiated and were pro bono counsel in the 2010 Ontario Coroners’ Year Review into Cycling Deaths from 2006 to 2010. He and Albert were awarded the prestigious Champion of the Year Award by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation for their representation of the cycling community. The Review led to a comprehensive list of recommendations to reduce death and provide safe passage to cyclists.
Patrick is one of the founding members of the Toronto Bike Union (now CycleToronto), and is a former director. He is a proud contributor to Advocacy Respect for Cyclists [ARC] who have defended cyclist rights since 1996. In 2013, his firm, McLeish Orlando LLP was awarded the Bicycle Friendly Business Award by the City for promoting cycling in and outside the office.
Patrick is the past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is one of the few lawyers in the province who have been certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and also voted into BestLawyers Canada and LEXPERT by his peers.