Gavin J. Tighe, K.C.

Gavin J. Tighe, K.C.


Gavin J. Tighe, K.C.
Contact Information

Gavin J. Tighe, K.C.


T 416.865.6664

F 416.865.6636



University of Saskatchewan, LL.B., 1991
Queen's University, B.A., 1988
Bar Admission

Ontario, 1993
Alberta (permission to practice)
New Brunswick (permission to practice)
Nova Scotia (permission to practice)
Prince Edward Island (permission to practice)
About Gardiner Roberts LLP

For over 100 years, Gardiner Roberts has combined the benefits of a full-service law firm with the dexterity of a mid-sized one. Our focused, cross-disciplinary, one-team approach and commitment to understand your business joins our relevant expertise, immediacy and dedication to providing client-centric, hands-on service. 100% Canadian and fully independent, we offer a level of overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness that larger firms can't touch. Resisting "cookie-cutter" law, Gardiner Roberts has built its name - one rewarding client relationship at a time.

Executive Summary

Gavin Tighe K.C., is a senior partner with Gardiner Roberts LLP and chair of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Tighe has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 2003 and has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of Canadian Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has significant experience successfully representing clients in several Canadian provinces and before tribunals in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Tighe also acts as counsel to clients in arbitrations, mediations and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Tighe’s diverse litigation practice focuses on advocacy. He has acted in numerous high profile matters and court proceedings and is a lawyers’ lawyer having represented numerous other lawyers in Ontario and across Canada. Mr. Tighe has also successfully argued some of the leading Canadian cases in both trial and appellate Courts in such diverse areas as defamation, corporate restructuring, municipal conflict of interest, adverse possession of real property, solicitor’s negligence, financial advisor liability, auditor and accountant liability, title insurance, and election law in addition to numerous other areas of law. 

Mr. Tighe is very active in the community and a well-known supporter of many worthy community and charitable organizations. He has published numerous legal articles, been an instructor at the bar admission course Law Society of Ontario, lectured at Canadian law schools, presented at numerous conferences including conferences sponsored by the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian and American Bar Associations and has been cited as an authority on Civil Practice in Ontario. He has repeatedly been selected by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in Canada” as well as being ranked in Lexpert and Martindale-Hubbel. In 2022 Mr. Tighe was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. In 2023  Mr. Tighe was inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America a  peer-selected,  invitation-only and aggressively diverse honorary society of 3,500 of America’s best trial lawyers representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service. Also in 2023 Mr. Tighe was awarded the designation of King’s Counsel (K.C.) by the Attorney-General for the Province of Ontario in recognition of his commitment to the pursuit of legal excellence in service to the Crown, the public and his community.  


Articles and Presentations

  • Named King’s Counsel by the Attorney General for the Province of Ontario
  • Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America
  • Appointed by Order in Council as Chair of the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario
  • Lexpert Ranked for Professional Liability
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – 2013-2024 (Legal Malpractice Law)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – 2021-2024 (Insurance Law)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law
  • Recognized by Post City Magazine as one of Toronto's Best Civil Law Litigation Lawyers in 2022 and 2023
Professional Involvement
  • Advocate, Order of Certus
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Osgoode Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Honorary Overseas Member - COMBAR  
    (The specialist association of the English and Welsh Commercial Bar)
Community Involvement
  • St. Patrick’s Parade Society – 2020 Grand Marshal
  • Co-founder Annual ‘Halloween Jam for Cancer Research’ in support of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada
  • Regular Contributor Bell Media Newstalk 1010 and frequent guest on radio and television