Media: Raising funds for concussion research

Lawyer Nigel Gilby, BA’75, LLB’78, is featured in The Globe and Mail's Giving Back section for spearheading a joint effort by seven London law firms to support concussion research at Robarts.

Nigel Gilby loves watching his beloved Detroit Lions play football and teaching his daughter how to head a soccer ball. But as a personal injury lawyer, he's also acutely aware of the damaging effects of concussions and the need for better research into head injuries.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Gilby, who works at Lerners LLP in London, Ont., reached out to fellow personal injury lawyers in the city and suggested they organize a dinner to raise money for the Robarts Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario, which is doing groundbreaking research into the effects concussions have on the brain. Several lawyers quickly agreed, including senior partners from six firms; Siskinds, McKenzie Lake, Harrison Pensa, Beckett Law, Legate & Associates and Wallace Smith. Mr. Gilby expected to raise about $50,000 from the event, but he ended up pulling in $130,000. The money has been donated to the institute to further its work on prevention and treatment for concussions.

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