Kevin O’Brien

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Kevin navigates clients and their businesses through their most difficult and sensitive cases. He is a consummate advocate, whose strategic insight, pragmatism and courtroom skill make him go-to counsel for the toughest disputes. While most at home in a courtroom, Kevin appreciates that businesses and their stakeholders often prefer to avoid protracted disputes, and that doing so can be critical to their success. Where a quick and quiet exit better matches his clients’ objectives, Kevin brokers effective and protective settlements.

Working predominantly in corporate commercial, securities and construction/infrastructure industry disputes, Kevin has particular expertise in reputation protection and defamation matters. Businesses and their stakeholders, finding themselves under the spotlight of media scrutiny or subject to the pressure of media investigations, rely on Kevin for his crisis management expertise and advice. For these clients, he is a consistent and reassuring force, working with public relations teams to manage reputational risk through immediate and effective response plans. Kevin helps clients achieve the delicate balance between their legal and public relations interests, and they appreciate his leadership, judgment and practical strategic guidance. Kevin also has significant experience in domestic and international arbitrations.

Highlights of Kevin’s most recent work include: representing Bondfield Construction in a highly contested defamation proceeding against The Globe and Mail; counselling various prominent organizations and high-profile individuals in confidential defamation and internet libel matters and in responding to high-profile media investigations; successfully defending BP in a cross-border securities class action arising from the Deepwater Horizon explosion; advising the Independent Electricity System Operator on matters arising out of renewable energy products and programs; acting for the City of Toronto against Carillion Construction Inc. in complex, multi-party litigation arising out of the Union Station Redevelopment Project; acting for GuestLogix Inc. in an ongoing secondary market securities class action; and twice striking claims brought against Dundee Kilmer Development in relation to the development of the 2015 Pan/Parapan AM Games Athletes’ Village; and representing dissenting shareholders of Aquam Corporation in successful application to fix fair value of their shares.

Committed to the careers and development of up and coming lawyers, Kevin is a mentor and sponsor to many, and acts as a member of Osler’s Legal Professionals Committee where he oversees, guides and advises on associate assessment and progression. He is also passionate about access to justice, and a committed Pro Bono Ontario supporter and volunteer.

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Laurentian University, which was incorporated on March 28, 1960, is a mid-sized bilingual university in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

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The University of Western Ontario, which is commonly referred to among Canadian universities as Western, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers 455 hectares (1,120 acres) of land, with the Thames River running through the eastern portion. The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario." It incorporated Huron University College, which had been founded in 1863.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP provides legal services. It offers services in the areas of business law, commercial property, communications and media, trade, construction & infrastructure, corporate finance, and intellectual property. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Toronto, ON.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP provides legal services. It offers services in the areas of business law, commercial property, communications and media, trade, construction & infrastructure, corporate finance, and intellectual property. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Toronto, ON.

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