Jeffrey S. Thomas



Jeffrey has extensive experience providing legal advice in the context of large, complex, multi-party negotiations, as well as within competition law and international trade and investment law. His practice focuses in these areas, with particular emphasis in the following:

  • state-to-state negotiations and dispute settlement
  • trade policy
  • domestic trade laws and economic and trade sanctions
  • all manner of issues arising under the Competition Act

Jeffrey’s practice also extends to other areas of international trade law and Investment, such as:

  • international employee transfers
  • in-bound and out-bound foreign investment
  • Japan-related business transactions
  • government relations
Additionally, Jeffrey also has a robust corporate law practice.


  • Extensive experience in advising clients engaged in or affected by large complex multi-party international and domestic negotiations, particularly trade negotiations, including NAFTA, the WTO, the Canada-EU CETA, the AIT, the CFTA, the TILMA and the NWPTA.
  • Significant involvement in complex state-to-state trade disputes, including those under NAFTA, the WTO, the AIT, the TILMA and the NWPTA.
  • Experience in all areas of Canadian domestic law applicable to the trade of goods, services and technology, including trade remedies, customs laws, economic and trade sanctions, and foreign anti-corruption laws.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Roster of Dispute Settlement Panellists under the Agreement on Internal Trade, 2004 - 2018
  • Roster of Dispute Settlement Panellists under the BC-Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, 2006 - present
  • Roster of Dispute Settlement Panellists under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, 2010 - present
  • Roster of Dispute Settlement Panellists under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, 2018 - present
  • Roster of Dispute Settlement Panellist under NAFTA Chapter Nineteen, 2017 - present

Community Involvement

  • Chair, British Columbia Wine Authority (independent regulatory body), 2007 - 2019
  • Coach, North Shore Girls Soccer Club, 2008 - 2016

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 (and 2019) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Who's Who Legal Guide to the World's Leading Trade and Customs Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2021 (and since 2013) editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Trade Regulation).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert® US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Guide.
  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (International Trade).
  • Recognized in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading International Trade Lawyers.

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 1990
  • LLM, University of Toronto, 1989
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1988