Ronald D. Davis

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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.

Education & Memberships


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
Called to Ontario Bar, 1984
University of Ottawa (Common Law), J.D. Cum laude, 1982
University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) with distinction, 1979


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

Awards and Recognition

The Best Lawyers ™ in Canada

Privacy and Data Security Law

JUNO Award Nominee – Instrumental Album of the Year, 2020
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, 2018
Recipient of Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recordings Grant, 2014
Recipient of BMO Financial Arts Grant, 2013
Japan Foundation Uchida Arts Fellowship, 2006-2007
University of Toronto Department of French Doctoral Thesis Prize, 1993
Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1990-1991
1989 to 1990 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
University of Toronto Open Doctoral Fellowship, 1988-1989
Government of Germany German 100Y Book Prize, 1978

Speaking Engagements & Publications

The un-appealing (and unending) appellate debate: Final vs. interlocutory orders

Published in the Advocates’ Journal, Fall 2022

Joint Ventures and Fiduciary Duties: Sorting out the Law

Published in The Advocates’ Quarterly, June 2022

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