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Ronald D. Davis

Partner

PROFILE

Ronald Davis is a bilingual lawyer based in Toronto and works in a consultant capacity with Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. Ron graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa Common Law en français program. After articling at Epstein, Cole LLP, Ron was called to the Bar in 1984. He has worked in various areas litigation, with a focus on appellate analysis and writing. From 1992 to 2002 he was an instructor in the Legal Writing and Drafting, and Professional Responsibility sections of the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course.

His recent work focusses on e-discovery, technology and litigation, and digital evidence. Ron co-founded and is General Counsel to ellwood Evidence Inc., a creative e-discovery and forensic litigation support firm.

Ron has edited and written over 40 articles and books on a wide variety of topics, including social media and litigation, lawyers and technology, mortgage litigation, surrogate motherhood, linguistics, and jazz piano. He holds a Ph.D. in French linguistics from the University of Toronto, where he was an Assistant Professor for five years. He also has an international career as a jazz composer, pianist and recording artist.

Publications

NOVEMBER 10 2016

Trial or Summary Judgment

Ronald Davis, Milton Davis and Johanne Pilon have co-authored “Trial or Summary Judgment” for the OBA program The Nuts and Bolts of the Summary Judgment Motion.

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DECEMBER 09 2015

Bhasin v. Hrynew and the Duty of Good Faith

Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Sedona Conference - Working Group 7
  • Technology and eDiscovery Canada (TeDCan)
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group
  • Director – Opera 5
  • Toronto Musicians’ Association (Am. Fed. of Musicians Loc. 149)
  • Advisory Committee - Jazz Performance and Education Centre
  • Comité de Programmation Artistique–Alliance française de Toronto
  • Tribunal Chair – American Federation of Musicians
  • Secretary – The Glenn Gould Foundation
  • Juror – Canada Council for the Arts
  • Member – Toronto Musicians’ Association Revenue Task Force
  • Co-Producer – annual Jazz for Herbie benefit for Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
  • Co-Trustee – Maureen Forrester Trust
  • International Legal Technology Association

Publications

  • (2015) with M. A. Davis and M. Garland, “Bhasin v. Hrynew and The Duty Of Good Faith: Evolution Or Revolution?”, in Safeguarding Real Estate Transactions 2015, Toronto, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • (2014) with S. J. Ellwood, “Ten Things Every Litigator Has to Know About Social Media”, in The Advocates' Journal, Toronto: The Advocates' Society
  • (2014) Social Media Evidence: It's Not Always This Easy, ellwoodevidence.com
  • (2014) Digital Evidence, Departing Employees, Overdue Awareness, ellwoodevidence.com
  • (2013) Cloud Computing and the Family Lawyer, The Six Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • (2013) with M. A. Davis and B. Hughes, Mitigation in the Real Estate Context, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • (2013) with S. J. Ellwood, “Lawyers On the Beach: The Standard of Care, Technology, and the Oncoming Digital Tsumani”, in The Advocates' Journal, Toronto: The Advocates' Society
  • (2009) “The Worth of a Musician”, in Canadian Musician, vol. 31, no. 4, p. 26
  • (1998) with Edward Greenspan and Andrew Matheson, “Discipline and Parole”, in Queen's Quarterly, vol. 105, no. 1, pp.9-27
  • (1998) with P. Bhatt (eds) The linguistic brain, Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press
  • (1989) with M.A. Davis, “It ain't over when it's over: Setting aside foreclosures and sales under a mortgage”, in Mortgage Remedies and Related Problems, Toronto, Canadian Bar Association of Ontario
  • (1989) with M.A. Davis, A. Habas and J. Bensimon, “Strategies in mortgage disputes”, in Hidden Agendas: Strategies for Maximizing Success in Debtor Creditor Litigation, Toronto, Canadian Bar Association of Ontario
  • (1988) with M.A. Davis, “Preliminary matters and pleadings: What to do, How to do it, and Why”, in Corporate/Commercial Litigation for Legal Secretaries, Toronto, LSUC
  • (1988) with Epstein, P.M. (ed.) Family law: Lectures and notes 1988-89, Toronto, LSUC (Bar Admission Course)
  • (1987) with P. Mazza, “The claim for the deficiency”, in The Mortgagee's Power of Sale Remedy, Toronto, Canadian Bar Association of Ontario
  • (1986) with M.A. Davis, “Maximizing the slice: Representing the client on solicitor-client assessments”, in Proving Your Worth: Costs Update and Review, Toronto, LSUC
  • (1985) with M.A. Davis, “Strategies, ploys and gimmicks in mortgage actions under the Rules of Civil Procedure”, in Civil Litigation Tactics Under the New Rules, Toronto, Canadian Bar Association of Ontario
  • (1984) “Discovery of documents and financial statements under the Rules of Civil Procedure”, in Epstein, P.M. (ed.) (1984) Family law: Lectures and notes 1984-85, Toronto, LSUC (Bar Admission Course)
  • (1983) with P.M. Epstein, “Surrogate motherhood: Legal, social and practical aspects from an Ontario viewpoint”, in 1983 Annual institute on continuing legal education: Law Reform Was Not Built in a Day, Toronto, Canadian Bar Association of Ontario
  • (1983) with P.M. Epstein (ed.) Family law: Lectures and notes 1983-84, Toronto, LSUC (Bar Admission Course)

Speaking Engagements

  • (2015) Social Media and Digital Evidence, Ontario Deputy Judges Association
  • (2015) E-Discovery, Digital Evidence, Social Media: Litigation's Brave New World (and Minefield)?, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
  • (2014) The Lawyer’s Standard of Care and Technology- Competence and Spoliation, LawTech Camp 2014
  • (2014) Social Media and Family Law, talk delivered at Epstein Cole LLP
  • (2013) Practicalities of e-Evidence, National Judicial Institute Annual Family Law Program
  • (2013) Digital Evidence, talk delivered at Cassels Brock LLP
  • (2012) Best Writer, Best Lawyer, Legal Writing Workshop (LSUC CPD accredited)
  • (2006) Thinking with the Heart- A Lecture Concert on Jazz, Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan
  • (2004) Multiculturalism and the Golden Age of Jazz in Toronto, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Awards

  • 2013 - Recipient of BMO Financial Arts Grant
  • 2006 to 2007 - Japan Foundation Uchida Arts Fellowship
  • 1993 - University of Toronto Department of French Doctoral Thesis Prize
  • 1990 to 1991 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1989 to 1990 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1988 to 1989 - University of Toronto Open Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1978 - Government of Germany German 100Y Book Prize

Education

  • University of Toronto (Department of French), Ph.D. Department of French Doctoral Thesis Prize, 1993
  • University of Toronto (Department of French), M.A., Linguistics and Literature, 1987 
  • Admitted to Ontario Bar, 1984
  • University of Ottawa (Common Law), J.D. Cum laude, 1982
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) with distinction, 1979
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