Ron Davis offers over 35 years of unique litigation experience, combining high-level analytical skills with advanced written advocacy abilities. Working creatively and collaboratively with clients and Foglers colleagues, Ron helps develop strategies that optimize outcomes and minimize costs for the client.
Ron has not only worked with some of the country’s top litigators to supercharge clients’ cases before all levels of Court, up to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also enjoyed multiple careers.
On the law side, Ron – who is multilingual – is a cum laude graduate of the highly-regarded Common Law en français program at the University of Ottawa. He taught at the Law Society of Ontario’s Bar Admission Course for a decade. He has edited and written over 50 articles and books on varied topics: social media, lawyers and technology, mortgage litigation, business valuation, linguistics, and jazz piano.
Beyond law, Ron holds a Ph.D. in French linguistics from the University of Toronto. He was an Assistant Professor there for five years.
Finally, Ron has an international career as an acclaimed jazz pianist and recording artist (13 recordings to date). Foglers is proud of Ron’s 2020 nomination for a JUNO award.
These diverse achievements give Ron a special edge or, as Ron likes to call them “lawyer superpowers”, in all areas of litigation.
In his spare time, Ron loves to follow the technology world (he’s definitely Windows, not Mac), read great literature, and argue about movies. And as an avid Iyengar yoga practitioner, Ron is always ready to do backbends and headstands with you.
MARCH 03 2022
Best lawyers, Best Writers: How to be Both
MARCH 02 2022
Best Lawyers, Best Writers: How to be Both - Part 2
DECEMBER 23 2021
Playing a Supporting Role to Take a Bite Out of Hunger
As we come to the close of an unforgettable year, we wanted to highlight a few of our lawyers who volunteer their time and efforts to inspire creativity, share skills, and strengthen communities. Through our discussions, we learned that their efforts to help others was not interrupted by the pandemic.
For 19 years Ron Davis and some of Canada’s finest musicians have donated their time and talents to bring music and cheer to the less fortunate at the annual Lawyers Feed the Hungry Christmas Dinner. The Lawyers Feed the Hungry program was established in 1998 to support those residents living with food insecurity, in poverty, or homelessness. It is one of the City's few year-round programs providing approximately 60,000 meals each year. For Ron, who volunteers with a number of organizations that support the Arts, volunteering with Lawyers Feed The Hungry has been one of his most rewarding experiences –allowing him to help those in need, and spread some holiday cheer through music.
OCTOBER 14 2021
Collision Course? Limitation Periods, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? That question comes to mind in reading two recent high-level decisions on limitation periods. Certainty that the Court of Appeal for Ontario may have created in its January 2021 decision of Kaynes v. BP p.l.c., may now be clouded by the Supreme Court of Canada's July 2021 decision in Grant Thornton LLP v. New Brunswick.
MARCH 23 2021
Gavel game: Small but real differences between Canadian, U.S. legal systems
FEBRUARY 01 2021
A New (and Needed) Cyber-Tort Emerges: Harassment in Internet Communications Caplan v. Atas, 2021 ONSC 670
Recently, Justice David Corbett of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice made a significant contribution to the evolution of cyber-remedies by recognizing the tort of harassment in internet communications in Caplan v. Atas, 2021 ONSC 670. The 65-page decision is remarkable in many ways, so much so that the story is the subject of a lengthy New York Times article. The focus of this article is the litigation significance of this landmark decision.
This article was published in the February 2021 Issue of the Toronto Law Journal.
FEBRUARY 06 2020
Litigation in the Digital Age: A Guide to the Paperless Practice
On February 6, Samantha Green will be co-chairing the OBA Institute: Litigation in the Digital Age: A Guide to the Paperless Practice. Ron Davis will also be presenting at the program on the topic of “What You Need to Know in a Digital Practice.”
NOVEMBER 26 2019
Avoiding the Garden Path of Mathematics with the Barometer of Fairness: An Analysis of Discount Rates in Canadian Case Law, and Lessons for Business Valuator Experts
JUNE 21 2019
The Theory and Practical Aspects of Discount Rates for Quantifying Losses
The Theory and Practical Aspects of Discount Rates for Quantifying Losses, authored by Milton Davis, Ron Davis and with the assistance of Beth Armstong, was presented at the Chartered Business Valuator Institute’s 2019 National Business Valuation Congress in Montreal.
NOVEMBER 27 2018
The Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain
Presented at Lexpert 10th Annual Privacy and Data Protection Conference, November 27, 2018, Toronto
NOVEMBER 30 2017
Blockchain – The Promise and the Perils
Presented at Lexpert’s 9th Annual Information Privacy and Data Protection Conference, November 30, 2017, Toronto
NOVEMBER 30 2017
LEXPERT’s 9th Annual Information Privacy and Data Protection Seminar
Bill Hearn, Howard Burshtein, Ron Davis, Sheryl Johnson, Rob Macdonald, Rudy Morrone, Young Park, Colleen Spring Zimmerman and Ravi Shukla will be speaking at LEXPERT’s 9th Annual Information Privacy and Data Protection Seminar. This full day course will highlight:
- Big Data and Other Developments in the Public Sector and Elsewhere
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Implications for Canadian Business
- Privacy Litigation Cases - Recent Developments
- Blockchain - The Promise and The Perils
- OPC Compliance Priorities and Strategic Directions
- Cyber Risk Management Guidance for Corporate Directors
- Issues in Employee Privacy
- CASL Update
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.
DECEMBER 09 2015
Bhasin v. Hrynew and the Duty of Good Faith
- Law Society of Ontario
- The Sedona Conference - Working Group 7
- Technology and eDiscovery Canada (TeDCan)
- Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group
- Toronto Musicians’ Association (Canadian Fed. of Musicians Loc. 149)
- Advisory Committee - Jazz Performance and Education Centre
- 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
- (2019) with M. A. Davis and E. Armstrong, Avoiding the Garden Path of Mathematics with the Barometer of Fairness: An Analysis of Discount Rates in Canadian Case Law, and Lessons for Business Valuator Experts in The 2019 Journal of Business Valuation
- (2017) with D. Sharpe, What To Do When The Other Side Says: "My Client's Files Have Been Corrupted", Mondaq
- (2016) with M. A. Davis and J. Pilon, “Trial or Summary Judgment?”, The Nuts and Bolts of the Summary Judgment Motion, Ontario Bar Association
- (2015) with M. A. Davis and M. Garland, Bhasin v. Hrynew and The Duty Of Good Faith: Evolution Or Revolution?, 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
- (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
- (2020) What You Need to Know in a Digital Practice Litigation in the Digital Age: A Guide to the Paperless Practice, OBA Institute
- (2019) Discoverability: Understanding When the Clock Starts to Run, The 2019 Essential Guide to Limitation Periods in Ontario, Osgoode Professional Development
- (2018) The Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, Lexpert's 10th Annual Privacy and Data Protection Conference
- (2017) Blockchain – The Promise and the Perils, Lexpert Information Privacy and Data Protection Conference
- (2016) Sedona, EDRM and other Terms Every Lawyer Should Know, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
- (2016) Tweeting Not Just for Birds: Social Media in Family Law Cases, Ontario Court of Justice Judges’ Annual Family Law Seminar
- (2015) Social Media and Digital Evidence, Ontario Deputy Judges Association
- (2014) The Lawyer’s Standard of Care and Technology- Competence and Spoliation, LawTech Camp 2014
- (2013) Practicalities of e-Evidence, National Judicial Institute Annual Family Law Program
- 2020 – JUNO Award Nominee – Instrumental Album of the Year
- 2018 - Recipient of Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recordings Grant
- 2018 - Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Grant
- 2018 - Recipient of Canada Council for the Arts Grant
- 2014 - Recipient of Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recordings Grant
- 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
- 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