Tom is a partner in our Litigation Group and a member of our Board of Partners.
Tom’s practice focuses on complex commercial, corporate governance and securities disputes and professional liability. According to the Lexpert directory, he is repeatedly recommended by his peers in both of these areas. In particular, he has developed a depth of experience in telecommunications litigation, franchise and complex product and service distribution disputes, IP piracy and related injunctive remedies, and is one of our leading lawyers in electronic discovery and related technology issues.
Since joining McCarthy Tétrault in 1996, Tom has appeared as trial and appellate counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and various arbitral and administrative tribunals in Ontario. Several of his cases have received national media attention including reports on the CBC The National, the CBC World Report, the business sections of The Globe and Mail and National Post, the Lawyers’ Weekly and Law Times, and other national and local media organizations and is one of our leading lawyers in the use of technology through all phases of litigation, from commencement through to hearing.
In recognition of his experience, Tom teaches Trial Advocacy and Medical Negligence as an adjunct professor with the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, ON, and Officers’ and Directors’ Liability as a member of faculty with The Directors College, the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. Tom is also a regular speaker and seminar leader at The Advocates’ Society, Osgoode Hall Law School’s CPD programs, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). Tom has also served as a director on several charitable boards and has led special committees relating to corporate governance and the corporate re-organization of these charitable organizations.
Tom received his International Baccalaureate from the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in 1988, his BA in International Relations/History/Economics from the University of Toronto in 1992, his MA in International Relations/History from the University of Toronto in 1993, his JD from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1996 and his LLB from the University of Windsor in 1996. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1998 and the Prince Edward Island bar in 2018. While in his third year of law school, Tom spent a semester in London, England, where his studies were focused on international business transactions, international arbitration and conflicts of law. While in London, Tom also undertook a mini-pupilage with set of barristers in chambers at Middle Temple where he assisted counsel in relation to civil matters before the High Court.
Tom’s reported cases can be quickly found on CanLii or other similar electronic databases.