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, & has conducted his own practice (KRPLaw.ca) since 2009. Ken’s advocacy & counsel has continued especially in transportation law for shortline and regional railways as well as for public transportation agencies & municipalities; helping to secure dispute resolution in injury, property, commercial and shipping cases; and providing advice & leadership in railway regulatory & rights of way issues. Ken has experience in matters of indigenous law and claims. 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 infrastructure & mining sector. He 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 (Coroner's) inquests. He has appeared in various arbitration & mediation proceedings, and in all levels of the courts - including appellate matters in Ontario & 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, the Assoc. of Transportation Law Professionals, and ASLRRA & at a Washington DC conference of Railway Age, presented a survey of defense of railways with the Defence Lawyers Association, 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.