Keegan Boyd brings a pragmatic and business-minded approach to the practice of law. He passionately represents the interests of his clients, both inside and outside the courtroom. He has a broad litigation practice with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes, professional liability, and health law.
Keegan’s commercial litigation experience includes contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, product liability claims, engineering and infrastructure disputes, employment litigation, financial services litigation, and class actions. He regularly defends professionals against allegations of professional misconduct and negligence in both civil and regulatory contexts. Keegan represents health industry clients on a broad range of matters, with an emphasis on medico-legal defence and commercial disputes.
Keegan routinely appears before all levels of court in Ontario. He has also represented clients before other courts, administrative bodies, and tribunals, including the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
For several years, Keegan taught the Trial Advocacy course at Queen’s University as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law.
Keegan received his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008, his MBA from the Schulich School of Business in 2008, and his B. Eng. (Mechanical) from McGill University in 2004. He previously worked for the Canadian Space Agency and completed international law exchanges at the National University of Singapore and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Keegan is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Acritas Stars global survey of stand-out lawyers, 2018
- Counsel to a local distributor in the defence of a $60 million product liability claim against various local and international defendants in relation to the supply of allegedly defective pipe to a major oil sands project – Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Emco Corporation et al.
- Counsel to a pharmaceutical company in the defence of a product liability class action relating to a drug used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease – Banerjee v. Shire Biochem Inc. et al.
- Counsel to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in responding to a motion for an injunction to restrain the bank from terminating its banking relationship with a customer – International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada) v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
- Counsel to an interventional radiologist in the defence of an eight-week jury trial regarding allegations of professional negligence in relation to treatment for perforated diverticulitis – Ormerod v. Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital et al.
- Counsel to a Schedule I bank in the defence of a claim advanced by way of confidential arbitration involving allegations of accounting fraud and misrepresentation
- Counsel to an insurance company in a subrogated claim arising out of an oil spill – Rodgers v. Rosen Fuels (1987) Limited et al.
- Counsel to an emergency medicine specialist at a Coroner’s Inquest
- Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy Course, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, 2013 – 2016
- K. Boyd. “Has the Supreme Court of Canada done away with the concept of apparent bias?” McCarthy Tétrault Canadian Appeals Monitor. May 2015.
- K. Boyd. “Piercing the corporate veil may be easier than you think.” McCarthy Tétrault Canadian Appeals Monitor. March 2014.
- K. Boyd. “A Further Limitation on the Ability of the Generic Drug Companies to Chase the Profits of Innovators?”. McCarthy Tétrault Canadian Appeals Monitor. April 2013.
- T. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C., K. Boyd, and N. Sahni. “The Use of Evidence Given in One Proceeding In Other Proceedings,” presented at 5th Annual Conference for the Civil Litigator, October, 2008.
- R. Giroux, A. Berinstain, S. Braham, T. Graham, M. Bamsey, K. Boyd, M. Silver, A. Lussier-Desbiens, P. Lee, M. Boucher, K. Cowing, M. Dixon. “Greenhouses in extreme environments: The Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse design and operation overview.” Advances in Space Research, July 2006.
- M. Barczyk, K. Boyd, K. Darbelnet, A. Ramirez, I. Sharf, “Development of In-door Helium Balloon for Research in Remote Control, Guidance and Navigation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” presented at the Second Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Biennial Symposium on Mechatronics, June 2003.
- Unaccompanied Minors Project (2009-2017)
- Pro Bono Law Ontario – Small Claims Court Duty Counsel (2009-2015)
- Advocates’ Society
- Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
- Medico-Legal Society of Toronto
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 2009
- J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2008
- MBA, Schulich School of Business, York University, 2008
- B. Eng., (Mechanical), McGill University, 2004