A lawyer in Ontario since 1977, Kenneth (Ken) Peel has been active since 1983 in the railway & transportation sector as counsel, advisor and advocate. After serving as General Counsel (Ontario) for CN, a North American Class 1 railway company, he rejoined private practice in January, 1998, & conducted his own practice (KRPLaw.ca) since 2009. Ken’s advocacy & counsel has continued especially in transportation law for shortlines and regional railways as well as for Class 1s and public transportation agencies & some municipalities; helping secure dispute resolution in injury, property, commercial and shipping cases; and providing advice & leadership in railway regulatory & rights of way issues. He has since 1993 been recognized by the Ontario law professional governing body, the Law Society of Upper Canada, as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation.
Ken Peel has experience in drafting and interpreting transportation & commercial agreements in the rail sector, and in dealing with rail operators and industry representatives, such as in the mining sector. Ken has dealt with Canadian federal & provincial regulatory agencies in matters of transportation, labour and employment, health and safety, constitutional law and human rights, and he has also assisted rail & other clients with employment disputes, labour injunctions & grievances, and public inquests. He has appeared in various arbitration & mediation proceedings, and in all levels of the courts - including in the Supreme Court of Canada. Ken’s work has also addressed aboriginal claims & consultation issues under Canadian law affecting new development and railway rights of way.
In addition, Ken has spoken at proceedings of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and at a Washington DC conference of Railway Age, discussed defence of railways with the Defence Lawyers Association and elsewhere, represented the Railway Association of Canada in a proceeding, and participates with the shortline & regional railroad organization ASLRRA. He has co-chaired and presented to various continuing legal education conferences.