Before joining Stockwoods, Phil had seventeen years experience in the practice of commercial litigation at two major Toronto law firms. His public law practice is grounded in four years as counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. While acting as counsel with the Attorney General, Phil specialized in constitutional litigation and regulatory prosecutions. He has special expertise in disputes involving Aboriginal peoples and their rights, Crown liability, white-collar crime, and a variety of other regulatory, administrative, and constitutional litigation.
Phil’s commercial practice experience covers a wide range, including major disputes in the areas of media law, defamation, high technology contracts, energy market regulation, intellectual property, tax, and other matters.
He has special expertise in the use of computerized litigation support and electronic evidence in complex cases.
He has appeared as lead counsel before all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as a variety of administrative tribunals and ADR procedures.
Phil is active in continuing legal education and serves as a Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, a non-profit advocacy and service group.
He received his BA from Queens’ University, and his LLB from the University of Toronto, before being called to the Ontario bar in 1986.
- Major defamation trials and other proceedings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation including AssessMed Inc. et al v. CBC, et al  O.J. No. 802 (Rivard J.), affirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal (2006 CanLII 18619), leave to appeal to the SCC refused, December 15, 2006 and Turmel v. C.B.C., 2011 ONCA 519 (CanLII), appeal to the SCC dismissed on December 9, 2011
- Response on behalf of the national Broadcast Consortium to an application by national leader of the Green Party for an order requiring her inclusion in the 2011 national televised leadership debates during the recent federal election campaign in May v. CBC et al, 2011 FCA 130 (CanLII).
- Proceedings in the Ontario and Federal Courts and Courts of Appeal, and seeking leave to the Supreme Court of Canada, in relation to documentary production and national security privilege in civil actions by three Muslim Canadians (Ahmad Elmaati, Abdullah Almalki, and Muayyed Nureddin)
- Various shareholder oppression and valuation disputes.
- Various tribunal proceedings, appeals and judicial reviews for the Ontario Energy Board and other clients in the energy field, including Graywood Investments v. OEB and Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, (2006), 80 O.R. (3d) 492, 212 O.A.C. 196 (C.A.)
- Intervention by Canadian Journalists for Free expression in challenge to the hate speech provisions of the Saskatchewan human Rights Code in Whatcott v. Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, heard by the Supreme Court on October 12, 2011 (under reserve)
- Editor in Chief, Regulatory Boards and Administration Law Litigation Journal, Federated Press, 2000-2011
- Director, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
- Adjunct Faculty, Trial Advocacy Course, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 1997-2000 and 2006-2011
- Member, The Advocates’ Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, Toronto Lawyers’ Association