Kevin McGivney

Partner

Toronto
KMcGivney@blg.com
416.367.6118

Kevin advises clients on a wide range of liability, insurance, administrative and commercial matters.

Throughout his career, Kevin has appeared before all levels of court as lead trial and appellate counsel. This also extends to judicial reviews, administrative tribunals, mediations and arbitrations.

He has significant experience defending municipalities, police and related entities against liability claims, and defending insurers and insureds in property and casualty insurance claims.

Kevin has represented municipal, police and other clients in a number of administrative law matters including cases before the Human Rights Tribunal and at Coroner’s Inquests.  He has also defended municipal and police agencies against rights class actions.

Kevin is a member of BLG’s Partnership Board, the firm's governing body. He is also the Regional Group Manager of BLG’s Toronto Insurance and Tort Liability Group.

Experience

  • Stewart v. Toronto Police Services Board – successful at trial in achieving a dismissal of a claim seeking damages for false arrest, breach of Charter Rights and misfeasance in public office.
  • Labanowicz v. Town of Fort Erie – retained to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in respect of $1.9 million judgment arising out of cycling accident on recreational trail.
  • Smith v. H M Q – representing police service in appeal concerning whether Crown can be sued for negligence in connection with advice given during investigation.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Civil Litigation Section

Community Involvement

  • Board member, Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Toronto 2009-2017 (President 2015-2016)

Awards & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in 2021 edition (and since 2013) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation) and in the 2021 edition (Municipal Law).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2016) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation — Commercial Insurance, Personal Injury). Also recognized in 2012 for Personal Injury.
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada (Arbitration; Class Action; Insurance; Municipal Law; Local Litigation Star: Ontario).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1991
  • LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1989
  • BA in History, University of Western Ontario, 1985 (King's College)