Alf Kwinter is recognized as one of Canada’s premier legal experts in the practice of personal injury and insurance law and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. Alf earned his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1970. In 1974 Alf and his classmate Morris Singer founded the firm of Singer Kwinter, which is consistently named by Canadian Lawyer magazine as a top personal injury firm in Canada.
Alf has appeared as counsel at all court levels including The Supreme Court of Canada, where he appeared on behalf of the successful plaintiff in the landmark decision of Oldfield v. Transamerica Insurance Company. Alf has achieved some of Canada’s largest jury awards for punitive damages against an insurer. Singer Kwinter is the only law firm in Canada to obtain four punitive damage awards against insurers. He acted for the plaintiff in the milestone case of Kamin v. Kawartha Dairy, which reduced the onus on plaintiffs in establishing liability in slip and fall claims. He obtained the highest award in Canada for chronic pain in Degennaro v. Oakville Trafalgar Hospital.
Alf is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He is a past director of The Advocates’ Society (TAS) and Medico-Legal Society. He is a member of OTLA, TAS, the CBA, the ABA and the AAJ. Alf is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall. He has taught trial practice in the Bar Admission Course and has been invited to speak and chair numerous programs.
Alf is consistently ranked as a “most frequently recommended” leading legal practitioner in Canada by his peers in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada®. He was recognized as the Best Lawyers® Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto for 2016. In May 2004, Alf was awarded the H. Bruce Hillyer Award by OTLA in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cause of civil justice. He was the recipient of the 2015 OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law.
In 2018, Alf became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the leading legal associations in North America. This well-deserved recognition is awarded to only one percent of the total lawyer population in Ontario or other provinces/states. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.
Awards & Recognition
Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation
Alfred is a man with an exciting storyline. A child of refugee parents from Austria, Alfred travelled with his parents at two years of age, leaving behind Austria for the new adventures of Toronto. His father had a store in Kensington Market – the source of which he learned many important skills. Alfred has worn many hats along his career, selling hotdogs and serving as a taxi-cab driver in his youth. Alfred has a passion for boating, photography and classical music.