Paul Jacobs has more than 40 years experience as litigation counsel. He has litigated before all levels of courts in Ontario and counts numerous reported cases in his record of achievement. He has also appeared as counsel before many administrative and professional regulatory tribunals. He was appointed Queen’s counsel in 1982.
Paul has provided counsel to corporations, insurers, financial institutions and entrepreneurs in complex legal fields. His litigation practice has included matters involving insurance, franchising, oil industry, automotive industry, shareholders and partnership disputes, oppression, mortgage enforcement, employment, health professionals and white collar fraud.
In the late 1980’s Paul began to shift his strategic skills and experience into the then North American beginnings of mediation, and the more established international field of arbitration. He was trained in highly respected programmes from Harvard University, the Centre for Dispute Resolution in Boulder, Colorado, and the Centre for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C.
Paul’s arbitration and mediation practice includes international and domestic cases in the public and private sectors, both institutional and ad hoc. Paul has mediated and arbitrated in fields of insurance, commercial, estates, employment, shareholder and partnership disputes, agriculture, and auto industry.
Paul has arbitrated on the panels of the International Center for Dispute Resolution – New York (the international affiliate of the American Arbitration Association), the American Dispute Resolution Center – Connecticut, the ADR Institute of Canada, the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and the Canadian Panel of Arbitrators for Domestic Commercial Arbitration for the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre. Paul has been the National Representative for Canada on the UNCITRAL Conciliation Model Law Subcommittee.
Paul has been a panel member of the Mandatory Mediation Programme for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the ADR Institute of Canada, the American Express Dispute Resolution Plan, the Bank of Montreal Business Panel, the International Mediation Centre in Dallas, Texas, Windsor Mediation Services, the Canadian Bar Association Directory of ADR Professionals and the Ontario Bar Association Fee Dispute Programme.
Additionally, Paul conducts a private practice in both ad hoc arbitrations, private mediations, and deal mediations. Paul became a Chartered Mediator in 2002 and a Chartered Arbitrator in 2003.
Paul has been a leader in community service with extensive executive involvement in domestic and international organizations, including charitable, educational, professional, and fraternal institutions.