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Ronald D. Davis

Partner

PROFILE

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.

Publications

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 PracticeRon 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

Authored by Milton Davis, Ronald Davis and Elizabeth Armstrong and published in the 2019 Journal of Business Valuation.

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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 DavisRon 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

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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 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

Publications (partial)

  • (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

Speaking Engagements

  • (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

Awards

  • 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

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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