Kent E. Thomson

Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Kent E. Thomson

Kent E. Thomson

Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Biography

Kent is the Head of the firm's Litigation Group in Toronto. He has been recognized repeatedly as one of Canada's leading litigation counsel. Kent is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He practises complex, high-stakes litigation involving a wide range of areas, and has appeared at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Ontario on many occasions. These include the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared on many occasions in the Federal Court of Canada and before the trial and appellate courts of a number of other provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec and Nova Scotia. Kent has acted as lead counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases in the areas of oppression, plans of arrangement, class actions, corporate law, securities law, tort law, competition law, tax law, voting law and defamation. A number of these cases have been decided in favour of Kent's clients by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kent also appears frequently as lead counsel before a number of tribunals in Canada, including the Ontario Securities Commission and the Competition Tribunal.

Kent has also represented numerous parties in complex domestic and international arbitrations conducted pursuant to the applicable Rules of the American Arbitration Association, the I.C.C., C.P.R., the London Court of International Arbitration and UNCITRAL. These arbitrations have been conducted throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Australia and Africa.

Kent has served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also served as a Director of the Advocates’ Society, an organization of approximately 5,000 litigation counsel in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada, and in that capacity served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of its Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice. Kent was also a member of the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.

For a complete list of particularly high-profile cases Kent has been involved in over the years, click here.

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Kent E. Thomson
Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Education
LLB
Class of 1982

The Queen's University Faculty of Law is a professional faculty of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and is regarded as one of the most prestigious institutions of legal education in Canada. According to the 2013 Maclean's Magazine Law School Rankings, Queen’s is tied for third among law schools in Canada. While the tradition of legal education at Queen's University heralds back nearly 150 years in 1861, the law school as it currently exists was officially established in 1957. Faculty members from Queen's have been honoured with major teaching and research awards, and are recognized nationally and internationally as leading experts in their fields. Past and current professors at Queen's such as William Lederman, Toni Pickard, Gary Trotter, Allan Manson, Nick Bala and Don Stuart are routinely cited in Supreme Court of Canada and other appellate decisions. As consultants, advisors, and project directors, Queen's Law professors have made substantial contributions to various provincial and national law commissions, as well as national and international organizations.

BA with Distinction
Class of 1979

Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is a law firm focused on high-stakes matters. They are fearless in approach and methodical in execution, taking issues seriously. Because excellence isn’t a talking point for them. It’s their starting point. They work in a fundamentally different way, starting with the structure of their firm and ending with the results they achieve for their clients. They are a true partnership. This frees them to work seamlessly and efficiently together, across geographies, practices and industries. Most importantly, it allows them to take on matters – however large or complex – with unparalleled clarity, speed and intelligence. Their way of working isn’t an official policy or mandate; it’s part of their DNA. It’s why they attract and retain the brightest, most creative lawyers. It’s what makes them the most innovative law firm in Canada. And it’s why their clients hire them.

Associate Editor, Commercial & Business Litigation Review
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The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research engages in the provision of global research networks. Its research programs include Azrieli program in brain, mind and consciousness, bio-inspired solar energy, child and brain development, cosmology and gravity, genetic networks, humans and the microbiome, institutions, organization and growth, microbial biodiversity, learning in machines and brains, quantum information science, quantum materials, and social interactions, identity and well being. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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Martindale-Hubbell - AV® Peer Review Rating
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