Thomas Kent

Thomas Kent

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1986, Thomas practised in Toronto and appeared regularly in the Supreme Court of Ontario (now the Ontario Superior Court of Justice) as well as the Court of Appeal and before various tribunals. Thomas also appeared on private arbitrations and at numerous mediations.

Thomas graduated from the Stitt Feld Handy Intensive Mediation course. Thomas was appointed as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2000.

In late 2007, Thomas took up an offer to head the litigation department at Petraroia Langford LLP in Kelowna, B.C., which firm then merged with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP on March 1, 2008. Thomas was called to the bar in B.C. in September 2007.

Thomas led the rebuilding of the Farris litigation department in Kelowna and over a four and one half year period appeared regularly in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Thomas also had occasion to appear before the Court of Appeal of British Columbia.

Thomas and his wife moved to Calgary on June 1, 2012 and Thomas joined Ridout Barron as Counsel shortly thereafter. As of September 12, 2018, Thomas ceased taking new litigation matters and began winding down his litigation practice. He currently remains available for consultation on employment matters and shareholder/partnership matters. If a matter will be litigious, he will refer the matter in house or to appropriate external counsel.

Thomas' experience is wide ranging in the general civil litigation field. He has extensive experience in contract disputes of all types, shareholder/partnership disputes (Commercial Court), construction disputes, real estate litigation from all perspectives including mortgage remedies, condominium/strata litigation, insurance disputes (plaintiff and defendant) including coverage issues, professional negligence and professional discipline, debtor/creditor issues including restructuring and CCAA, matrimonial disputes (excluding custody issues) and environmental claims.

Thomas is a member of The Advocates' Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. and Alberta Branches).

Thomas is an avid skier (snow and water) and spends as much free time as possible in Revelstoke, B.C. where he and his wife own property. They have been longstanding supporters of the development of Mt. Mackenzie and have strong ties to the community.

Thomas remains a member of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and British Columbia.

During his university days, Thomas worked in the oil patch in and around Fort McMurray and Grand Prairie. Thomas became a Derrick Hand and has fond memories of "the patch" and Premier Lougheed challenging the Federal Government's implementation of the National Energy Program.

Recent Reported Decisions

Karmel v Calgary Jewish Academy, 2015 ABQB 731 (CanLII)

Green v. Colvin, 2018 ABQB 43