Alan A. Farrer*, Managing Partner

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Certified Specialist - Civil Litigation
American Association for Justice Member 2012
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Alan has been the managing partner of Thomson, Rogers since 1998. In addition, he is the managing lawyer of the Personal Injury Alliance (PIA) - a combination of three of Canada's top personal injury law firms who have formed an alliance centered around one common goal: to provide unparalleled legal representation to accident victims and their families. Mr. Farrer's practice focuses on complex litigation and class actions.

Alan was called to the bar in 1981 and has been Certified by the LSUC as a Specialist in Civil Litigation for many years. He has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer in Ontario and uses the skills developed over that time to resolve matters for clients quickly and economically.

Practice Highlights

Alan has argued cases in all levels of Court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a key member in the firm's Class Action practice group and was very involved with the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential Schools class action settlement.


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law (1979)

Practice Areas

  • Class Actions
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Libel, Slander, Defamation Claims
  • Education Law
  • Commercial and Business Litigation

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Past Executive Director of The Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario

Alan and his wife Jennifer have three adult children and have lived in Oakville, Ontario for many years.

*Alan A. Farrer Law Professional Corporation

Publications and Presentations

Alan is a contributing editor of the legal text Thomson, Rogers on Municipal Liability and regularly speaks and presents papers at legal conferences.

PIA Law Teams with MADD Canada to Support Victims of Impaired Driving
MADD Canada News Release
October 28, 2014

Campaigning for clients
September 6, 2013

New ads dispel misconceptions about personal injury lawyers
September 3, 2013

Class action database needs tangible benefits
April 16, 2013

Lawyer blames plaintiffs' bar for gaps in class action database
April 15, 2013

Accountability crucial as patients learn of wrong chemo doses
April 3, 2013

Wrong chemotherapy doses given to nearly 1,000 cancer patients in Ontario
April 2, 2013

SCC allows bank overtime lawsuits to go ahead as class actions
March 22, 2013

Alan A. Farrer, Employment Issues Following a Motor Vehicle Accident, presented at the Back-to-School II with Thomson, Rogers conference on September 30, 2010.

Dolmage Paves Way for Cases Against Crown
Law Times
September 7, 2010

Certification Not the Holy Grail Anymore
Law Times
April 6, 2009



Notable Trial and Appeal Decisions

The following are some of the more notable, precedent setting trials and appeals that Alan Farrer has argued in the Superior Court of Justice, in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada:

  • Class Action Against the Manufacturers of Mirapex
    Certification of a National Class Action for persons suffering from impulse control disorders after taking Parkinson's medication.

  • Class Action Against the Directors of Farm Mutual Financial Services Inc.
    A Certification and Settlement Approval motion with respect to a class action against the directors of a bankrupt investment company that were alleged to have breached their duty to the customers of that company.  The $21.25 million settlement was approved. For details see: the reasons of Justice Perell.

  • Haddad v. Kaitlin Group Ltd. In this Motion for Certification, Alan Farrer and Darcy Merkur persuaded the Court that the circumstances of this misrepresentation claim warranted resolution by way of a class action. In this case, home purchasers claim damages from a developer of a Subdivision for allegedly making mispresentations about the nature of the Subdivision in its Marketing Materials. The case will now proceed as a class proceeding under the Ontario Class Proceedings Act. For details see: Haddad v. Kaitlin Group Ltd., 2008 CanLII 66627 (ON S.C.)
  • Naylor Group v. Ellis-Don Construction 43 O.R. (3rd) 325(C.A.), [2001] S.C.J. 56 Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada (A tender, subcontractor action in which the courts awarded substantial damages for cancelling a subcontract after the contracts were awarded)
  • Heald v. Toronto District School Board [2004] O.J. 714, Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Leave denied Supreme Court of Canada (Defence of a Defamation Claim for the Toronto School Board)
  • Cowles v. ALS (2006) 83 O.R. 660, Ontario Court of Appeal (Liability for an animal attack)
  • Zapfe v. Barnes [2003] O.J. 2856, 66 (O.R.) (3rd) 397 Ontario Court of Appeal (Limitation Periods)
  • Ontario New Home Warranty Programme v. Chevron Chemical Co. [1999] O.J. 2245, Class Action - Superior Court of Justice (Class Action)
  • LeCavalier v. Soreltex international [1991] O.J. 2554, Superior Court of Justice (Wrongful Dismissal)
  • General Dynamics Corp. v. Velliotis [1987] O.J. 824, Superior Court of Justice (Contract for tender, bids)


In the Media


MADD Canada's PIA Law Strides for Change Event
June 7, 2015

Alan Farrer makes opening remarks on behalf of PIA Law and Thomson, Rogers.

Alan Farrer at PIA Law Strides for Change Event

Parents in Durham threaten lawsuit over teachers' strike
May 21, 2015

The Durham district high school teachers' strike has frustrated many students and parents, prompting some to consider a class-action lawsuit against the teachers. Alan Farrer, managing partner at Thomson, Rogers, comments on the legality of the strike and the chances of parents and students securing a successful outcome.






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