Ronald D. Manes

Tel: 416 777 5433 Fax: 1 888 587 9145


Ronald Manes, B. Sc, L.L.B., L.L. M. is Senior Litigation Counsel to Torkin Manes, a founding partner and its Inaugural Chair.

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

His early practice was a mixed bag of criminal and civil cases, but for many years has practised exclusively civil litigation in which he has acted in a wide range of serious tort and commercial litigation, in all levels of superior courts including the Supreme Court, from Medical Malpractice and Competition Act actions to Shareholder Disputes. He is uniquely recognized in Best Lawyers in both Commercial and Personal Injury litigation. Ron has also acted as Lead Counsel to several Commissions and other public bodies.

Ron has published four books, the most recent being “Persuasive Trial Advocacy”, Thomson Reuters (2020).

Ron has received several awards for public and professional service, is 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 creating initiatives like Pro Bono Ontario.


Persuasive Trial Advocacy

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation (2008 — present)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service
  • Osgoode Hall Law School Golden Key Award
  • Lawyer of the Year (Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped)
  • Honoured by numerous organizations for contributions to the legal profession and the community

Community Involvement

  • Founder, Pro Bono Law Ontario
  • Founder, Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Vice President, Victim Justice Network

Publications & Presentations

Book Oct 9, 2020

Persuasive Trial Advocacy

Thomson Reuters
Article Mar 10, 2015

The Persuasive Advocate

The Litigator, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School (Laidlaw Fellow), 1972
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1971


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1974