Muhammad M. Alam
Muhammad M. Alam is a Barrister-at-Law of Osgoode Hall in Toronto and he is the Founder and Managing Barrister of Alam Law Firm.
Before obtaining his license to practice in Ontario, Muhammad practiced Civil and Insurance Litigation and Human Rights law for 5 years. Following his international legal practice, Muhammad obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. After graduating, Muhammad articled with the Diamond & Diamond and Bergmanis Preyra LLP. Following his call to the Bar, Muhammad worked as an associate lawyer for the law firm of Misir & Company.
Muhammad is passionate of ADR in litigations. He holds designation of a “Qualified Mediator” as well as a “Qualified Arbitrator” and a member of ADR Institute of Canada and ADR Institute of Ontario.
In 2009, Muhammad founded Alam Law Firm, a boutique law firm that concentrates on Personal Injury Law, focusing on claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, accident benefits, tort claims, occupier’s liability, product liability, aviation accidents, and medical negligence cases. He further expanded his practice to include issues dealing with insurance litigation for denial of insurance coverage, long-term, and short-term insurance benefits, life insurance, critical illness coverage denial, and claims arising from property damage and losses. As a result of the nature of his practice, Muhammad routinely appears before the Superior Court of Justice.
In addition to his Personal Injury and Insurance litigation practice, Muhammad has a special interest involving Civil , Real Estate, Construction, Contract litigation and Estate matters.
Muhammad is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), American Association for Justice, Peel Law Association, Hamilton Law Association, Aviation Accident Group, and the Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers (CASAL). He is also a member of Brian Injury Association of Peel and Halton ( BIAPH) and a Member of Ontario Brain Injury Association ( OBIA). He is also a member of the ADR Institute of Canada and ADR Institute of Ontario. As a dedicated member of the OTLA, Muhammad actively lobbies for stronger consumer protections in the Insurance Act for motor vehicle accident victims. He is also lobbying the government for protections for victims of uninsured property owners. In early 2018, as part of his lobbying efforts, Muhammad met with several senators at Parliament Hill, including the Deputy Senate Leader, the Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo.
Muhammad is a professional, passionate, and highly skilled individual who is committed to both serving his clients' legal needs and meeting the needs of his community. Aside from assisting his clients, Muhammad operates a pro-bono legal clinic to provide legal services to disadvantaged members of the community. He also conducts bi-monthly seminars and appears on various television shows to educate the community about legal and public interest matters that can limit an individual’s ability to seek legal recourse. Further, his passion for advocating for the rights of injury victims has led him to write weekly/monthly newspaper articles and social media posts informing individuals of the necessary steps to take following various types of injuries.
Muhammad is passionate about what he does and he is willing to help his clients even if that means going above and beyond his usual practice. Although he does not practice family law, he took over a challenging and novel family law matter which turned into a Shariah Law ( body of Islamic Law) argument at Trial. He successfully won the trial for his client (Iqbal v. Shah, 2021 ONSC 2407). The decision in the case has now set a precedent on how religious marriage and rights that flow from it play a role in Canadian Law. This decision was reported and featured in various legal magazines.
Aside from his personal injury work, Muhammad also sits on the Board of Directors for several organizations, which include the Canada Pakistan Friendship Association “CPFA” and 'Help Me' Projects. The 'Help Me' Project is a non-profit organization that assists underprivileged community members. He is also an active member of the Pak Pioneer Community Organization of Canada, which aims to increase the support available to seniors. Further, Muhammad is also a member of “Water for Life” an Organization that aims to help people access safe/clean drinking water in third world countries.
In 2018, as a result of his dedication to the community and excellence in business, the Canadian Pakistan Business Counsel (CPBC) awarded Muhammad with a Professional Excellence Award. Further reflective of his contributions to the community, Muhammad has been featured in two documentaries. In 2017, Muhammad was featured in 'Maple Morning,' a documentary released at the Toronto International Film Festival, which featured successful Canadians of Pakistani origin. The documentary was released by the Consulate General of Pakistan to inform recent immigrants about the possibilities of success in Canadian society. He was also featured in the documentary 'Magical Milton,' which honoured his contributions and commitment to the Town of Milton where he resided for many years.
Muhammad is an Advocate for the rights of visible minorities. He is proud to be a part and Co-Produce on a Documentary Film ‘ Steadfast ‘ features the life of Doctor Jean Augustine. Dr Augustine, is the First Black Canadian Woman to serve as the Federal Minister of the Crown and Member of Parliament who led the fight to officially recognize February as Black History month in Canada.
When he is not working, Muhammad enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends. He is also passionately devoted to advancing the sport of cricket in Canada. He was an active member and support of Brampton Cricket Team by playing and sponsoring in the team. He is also very active and support “Event Ontario Softball Cricket League “ and sponsored a team. Muhammad also loves to travel, read, and give back to his community by supporting community events.
Featured In - Documentaries:
- Maple Morning – Documentary about successful Canadian of Pakistani Origin
- Magical Milton- in honouring Mr. Alam’s contribution to the Town of Milton
- Canadian Lawyer Megazine - Anjum v Doe
- Canadian Lawyer Magazine - Iqbal v Shah
- Lawyer`s Daily - Iqbal v Shah
- Ontario Trial Lawyers Association - Anjum v Doe
- Family LLB – Ontario Divorce Education Centre - Iqbal v Shah
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Annual Fall Conference:
- Panel Speaker in 2020 - Diversity: Benefits to your Law Practice
- Panel Speaker in 2021- Effective Use of Simplified Rules: Useful Tips, Traps to Avoid
After 7 years of fight with the insurer and countless hours spent, the client liked to remove me as his lawyer at the eve of Trial in an attempt to negotiate a settlement directly with the insurer. I ... brought a motion that the Plaintiff pay our fee and disbursements. The Court agreed that this is an appropriate case to Order the Plaintiff to pay my fee and disbursement. The Court commented that “……………. Mr. Alam and his firm are entitled to a charging order because their services, which have brought the action to the point where a settlement can be negotiated or a judgment obtained, were instrumental in enabling Mr. Anjum to recover the damages he is claiming in his action.” Court issued an Order against Mr. Anjum to pay $240,000.00 for the firm’s fee and disbursement. Show more >
A civil matter to evict an occupier of the property turned into family law property right claim. At trial, the Respondent counsel raised “Shariah Law” argument that a man can enter into a marriage wit... hout dissolving the previous marriage(s) ,as such , his client has right to claim Property right under Canadian Law . This argument led the trial judge to adjourn the trial and asked parties to bring “Shariah Law Experts “ to testify in order for the Court to understand Shariah Law and see how the religious marriage interact with the Canadian law. The Court liked to revisit the intersection between religious marriage and requirement under Family Law Act. The ruled that while religious marriages are accepted in Ontario , an Islamic marriage ceremony between two parties who had failed to civilly divorce their previous spouses before the wedding is not considered a valid marriage under provincial law giving rise to spousal rights. Show more >
Firms’ Reported Cases
- F.Z. v. The Co-operators (2017), License Appeal Tribunal
- Thiyagaragah v Bell Canada
- F.A. v. Belair Direct Insurance Company (2018), License Appeal Tribunal
- Zahid Karim v. Unifund Assurance Company (2020), License Appeal Tribunal
- H.Q. v. Security National Insurance Company (2019), License Appeal Tribunal
- H.Q. v. Security National Insurance Company (2020), License Appeal Tribunal- Reconsideration