Kris Borg-Olivier is a litigator with a keen analytical mind and calming presence. In a broad practice that focuses on commercial and civil litigation, he tackles complex legal problems with clarity and creativity.
Kris previously spent five years practicing in New York with a prominent international law firm, and draws on this experience in cross-border litigation. He has extensive experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including oppression cases and regularly represents lawyers in civil actions and regulatory proceedings.
Kris has substantial trial experience and has served as lead counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations. In one recent example, he acted for an American client in a hard-fought international arbitration governed by New York law, ultimately securing a significant judgment for his client following a lengthy hearing.
Kris has been consistently recognized by Lexpert and Benchmark Litigation, where he has been named a Litigation Star.
- Harvard University, J.D., 2000
- McGill University, B.A. (First Class Honours), 1997
- Ontario, 2006
- New York, 2001
- The Advocates' Society
Awards and Honours
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Consistently Recommended - Litigation - Corporate Commercial
Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star
Kris’ litigation practice is very diverse, including large complex commercial litigation, class actions, and all manner of business disputes, including shareholder oppression cases.
Kris acted for an American client in a hard-fought international arbitration governed by New York law, ultimately securing a significant judgment for his client following a lengthy hearing.
Rob Centa, Kris Borg-Olivier and Denise Cooney successfully represented Brandon Moyse in proceedings brought by Mr. Moyse’s former employer in The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v Moyse.
They successfully defended the employee in contempt proceedings in which Mr. Moyse’s former employer sought to have him sent to prison for breach of a court order (2015 ONSC 4388). Subsequently, they successfully moved to have the employer’s appeal to the Court of Appeal from that decision quashed (2015 ONCA 784), and to the Divisional Court dismissed for delay (2016 ONSC 554. At the trial of the action, the plaintiff advanced the tort of spoliation against Mr. Moyse, the first time such a claim had been advanced to trial in Ontario. The court dismissed the action against Mr. Moyse in its entirety (2016 ONSC 5271). Mr. Moyse was wholly successful on appeal. The Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed the appeal from the trial judge, and the motion for leave to appeal the costs decision (The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v. Moyse, 2018 ONCA 283.
Mentor – Practice Makes Perfect – The Advocates’ Society
Presenter – Legal Drafting for Litigators – The Advocates’ Society
Co-Chair – Winning Injunctions – The Advocates’ Society
Instructor/Presenter – Cross Examinations — Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop – Ryerson Law Practice Program
Instructor/Presenter – Examinations for Discovery — Advanced Skills Workshop – Osgoode Professional Development
Presenter – Dealing with Difficult Witnesses – Ontario Bar Association
Presenter – Fundamentals of Civil Motions – Ontario Bar Association