Ronald D. Manes

Founding Partner

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Ronald D. Manes

Ronald Manes is a founding partner of Torkin Manes. His early practice was a combination of criminal and civil cases, but for many years he practised exclusively in civil litigation in which he has acted on a wide range of serious tort and commercial litigation – from medical malpractice and Competition Act actions to shareholder disputes – before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Ron has also acted as lead counsel to several Commissions and other public bodies.

Ron earned his undergraduate law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and his graduate law degree from Harvard Law, which he attended on a Laidlaw Fellowship.

To complement his distinguished law practice, Ron is an author who has written extensively on a broad range of legal topics and has published four books, the most recent being “Persuasive Trial Advocacy”, Thomson Reuters (2020).

As a testament to his prominence in the profession, Ron has received several awards for public and professional service, was a long serving Bencher (Governor) of the Law Society of Ontario and has devoted a portion of his professional career to Access to Justice, particularly as pro bono counsel and as a volunteer with Pro Bono Ontario.


Credentials & Affiliations

  • Credentials
  • Community Involvement
  • Ontario Bar, 1974
  • LLM, Harvard Law School (Laidlaw Fellow), 1972
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1971
  • Founder, Pro Bono Law Ontario
  • Founder, Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Vice President, Victim Justice Network