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Ryan Keeney

Ryan Keeney graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2010, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He then attended Windsor Law School in Ontario, and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2013. He was called to the Ontario bar in 2014.

After running a successful sole practice for just under 2 years, he then co-founded KPA Lawyers in 2016 with his business partner, Preet Pannu.

Between 2016 and 2022, under Ryan’s leadership and innovative technology-driven approach, KPA grew from a modest small firm to a multi-million dollar operation with a team of over 10 lawyers and a total of approximately 25 employees, becoming one of the most well-known law firms in Peel Region, with remote clients across all of Ontario as well.

In September 2022, Ryan relocated from Mississauga to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to experience a more peaceful Northern Ontario lifestyle. In December 2022, Ryan sold his shares in KPA Lawyers, retired from the Board of Directors, and assumed a Vice President role in business development at KPA, assisting the new owner in advancing KPA’s growth vision.

Current Role

As the Vice President of Business Development at KPA, Ryan’s current responsibility is to ensure the advancement of KPA’s business interests. His corporate responsibilities include recruiting lawyers, marketing, training & development, and using technology to optimize the firm’s operations.

Media and Public Appearances

Ryan has been published on The Huffington Post Canada for his innovative approach to leadership in business. He has also been interviewed by the CBC, Global News, the Toronto Star, and News Talk 960AM in connection with his practice. In April 2017, he presented at Yale Law School, speaking about domestic violence and gender discrimination.

He successfully represented a whistleblower in a high-profile case against Coinsquare, one of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges at the time. Although that civil lawsuit settled, a related regulatory proceeding through the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) held the wrongdoing parties accountable for their actions. Jeff Kehoe, the Director of the Enforcement Branch of the (OSC) was quoted stating, “this case is also an important milestone, as it is the first action we have taken for a reprisal against a whistleblower since important protections for employee whistleblowers were added to Ontario securities legislation in 2016.”

Ryan has also been consulted by Vice News for his independent legal opinion regarding matters where he was not directly involved.

Legal Bio

Ryan’s practice is primarily in civil litigation, with a focus on human rights, employment law, tort law, defamation, commercial litigation, education law, and real estate breach of contract cases, such as when a buyer or seller backs out of a signed deal.

Ryan is also an approved Articling Principal by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and enthusiastically mentors new lawyers in the profession. According to the LSO, Principals must be “an exemplar of the profession, having regard to all circumstances including experience, competence, ethical standards, and professional conduct record”.