About Tim Danson

Timothy Danson is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, currently in his 37th year of practice.

Mr. Danson graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada on June 9, 1978 and was called to the Ontario Bar, having graduated from the Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada, on April 10, 1980.

Mr. Danson’s litigation and appellate practice is broad based and diverse, covering many areas of law including: corporate/commercial, fidelity/fraud, administrative, personal injuries, medical malpractice, insurance, constitutional, libel and slander, construction liens, criminal, sports, environmental protection, conservation and employment/wrongful dismissal. Expertise in these areas of law provide Danson with a very unique perspective in problem identification and resolution.  Mr. Tim Danson appears before all levels of Court, including numerous appearances before the Divisional Court of Ontario, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada on issues of considerable public interest and importance. Mr. Danson also appears before a variety of administrative tribunals, including domestic and international sports tribunals which includes the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Mr. Danson is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Bar Association, the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, The Advocates Society, The Sports Lawyers Association, The Toronto Lawyers’ Association and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice which is part of the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto, a world leading Centre educating and training students through examining the complex relationships among conflict, peace and justice throughout the world.

Mr. Danson is regularly invited to speak at numerous conferences and continuing education forums, including speaking at Judges’ conferences, Crown Counsel conferences, Police conferences, medical conferences, law schools such as Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Queen’s University Law School in Kingston, Ontario, University of Calgary Law School in Calgary Alberta, University of New Brunswick Law School in Fredericton, New Brunswick, University of Western Ontario Law School in London, Ontario, Fordham University Law School in New York City, U.S.A., and also to undergraduate students at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Danson is regularly consulted by Provincial and Federal Governments for his advice on problems facing governments and proposed legislation to address these problems.

Mr. Danson has had the privilege in representing people and/or organizations such as:  equestrian Olympic gold medalist and world champion Eric Lamaze, equestrian Olympic Gold Medalist and Gran Prix Champion Steve Guerdat, hockey superstar Bobby Hull (the golden jet), Paralympian gold medalist and world champion Jeff Adams, former Colorado Avalanche hockey player Steve Moore, track and field superstar, Olympic gold medalist, and world champion Carl Lewis, the families and estates of Kristen French, Leslie Mahaffy, Christine Jessop, Christopher Stephenson and Holly Jones, the Toronto Police Association, the Canadian Police Association, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association and many more.

While publically Mr. Danson is known for his courtroom advocacy, much of his practice is focused on avoiding court through problem identification, consensus building and finding creative and discreet solutions to very difficult adversarial problems.

Mr. Danson has also gained a unique perspective on problem identification and resolution as a result of being exposed throughout his life, to the diversity and challenges of Canadian and International politics, where viewing complex problems requires the ability to see issues from many different perspectives.  Mr. Danson was fortunate to have a father who was also his mentor.  This very positive influence has had a profound impact on the way Mr. Danson approaches problems and conducts his affairs. Mr. Danson’s father, The Honourable Barnett J. Danson, P.C., C.C., LL.D; Leg.d’honneur (Fr.), held a number of portfolios in the government of Prime Minister Trudeau, the last of which was Minister of National Defence of Canada, making him a member of the Privy Council (P.C.). Barnett Danson was decorated with Canada’s highest distinction and honour, the Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.); France’s highest distinction and honour, the Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of the Legion of Honour (Leg. d’honneur (Fr.)), an honour created by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802; he also received an Honourary Doctorate of Law (LL.D) from York University; an Honourary degree from the Royal Military College, of which he was a former chancellor; named an Officer of France’s Order of National Merit; received the Churchill Society’s Award for Excellence in the cause of Parliamentary Democracy; and the Vimy Award of the Conference of Defence Associations from Her Excellency, the Governor General for “a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.” Barney Danson was a principal person instrumental in the creation of Canada’s new national War Museum in Ottawa, and the Minister in charge and principal founder and creator of Canada’s Katimavik youth program.  Mr. Danson Sr. instilled in his four sons a strong sense of public service, discipline, hard work, and to conduct one’s affairs with integrity and honour.

Tim loves all sports, and in particular, extreme deep powder skiing, horseback riding, tennis, hockey and angling.  Tim is married with two children who challenge and inspire him every day.

Mr. Danson can be reached at his law firm:

Danson Recht LL.P.
Barristers & Solicitors
700 Bay Street, Suite 2000
Toronto, Canada  M5G 1Z6
Telephone:  416.929.2200 ext. 106
Facsimile:   416.929.2192
email:danson@drlitigators.com
Website: www.drlitigators.com