AylwardLaw's core practice areas are Personal Injury, Disability Insurance and Medical Malpractice.
Geoff also maintains a general litigation practice, primarily in property insurance claims and provides some general practice services.
Geoff is a former Chairperson of the National Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Geoff also served as chairperson of the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Geoff is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Association of Justice (including membership in the Brain Injury and Medical Malpractice subsections), the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (including membership in the Medical Malpractice and Disability Insurance subsections), The Advocate's Society, and the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association.
Geoff has appeared before all levels of Court in Newfoundland and Labrador and before the Federal Court Trial Division and Federal Court of Appeal.
Geoff represented Newfoundland and Labrador class action plaintiffs in national class actions against Merck (VIOXX) and General Motors (transmission defect). Geoff was a member of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC), Civil Law Section which prepared a report for the ULCC on National Class Actions.
He has made numerous representations on behalf of clients on Canada Pension Plan Disability Applications and Worker's Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (Review Division).
Geoff published the Newfoundland and Labrador Case Digest between 1993 and 2012. He has presented various papers.
Most recently, he presented a paper for the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Section, on the use of medical record evidence in personal injury, malpractice and disability claims.
He has previously served as a panel chair of the Mental Health Care and Treatment Board and a member of the discipline panel of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Geoff received his law degree from Osgoode Hall, York University. Memorial University conferred a joint honours degree in Political Science and Economics on Geoff and awarded him the gold medal in Economics.
Geoff and his wife Elaine have three children: Stephen, Erin, and Meaghan; and a poodle, Bosun. Geoff is a member of the Father J.B. Knights of Columbus Council and the Terra Nova Assembly. Geoff is a member of the St. John's Lions Club and has served as Club president. He is a former member of the provincial advisory council of the CNIB. (Fintan Geoffrey Aylward is the second in a lineage of lawyers: preceded by his father, Justice Fintan Joseph Aylward and followed by his son, Stephen Geoffrey Aylward.)