The Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell  

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

​The Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell is counsel in our Ottawa and Vancouver offices. As a member of the judiciary, Thomas sat on the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) from December 2008 to September 2016 and on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal from 1997 to 2008. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Cromwell was executive legal officer to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer from 1992 to 1995. He began his career practising law in Kingston and Toronto, and has taught in the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie University.

During his time at Dalhousie, he was active as a labour arbitrator and served as Vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board. He was the first recipient of the Louis St Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association, is the recipient of four honorary doctorates in law and is an honorary fellow of Exeter College Oxford and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

An award in his name, The Honourable Thomas Cromwell Award for Public Service, has been established by the Queen's law faculty. He retired from the Supreme Court of Canada on September 1st, 2016.

He serves as the Chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters and is a Trudeau Foundation mentor.

Representative Work

  • Was an active member of the Canadian Judicial Council's working committee that prepared the publication entitled Ethical Principles for Judges
  • Was a member of the Canadian Judicial Council's working committee on Jury Charges and Education Committee
  • Was faculty member of the programs for new federally and provincially appointed judges, the National Judicial Institute's Intensive Evidence Program
  • Was faculty member of the Effective Written Advocacy Program of the Advocate's Society
  • Labor arbitrator and adjudicator, 1984-1997
  • Former faculty member for the programs for new federally and provincially appointed judges, the National Judicial Institute's Intensive Evidence Program

Publications & Presentations

Rankings & Recognitions

  • C.B.A.'s Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence, 1992
  • Her Majesty's Jubilee Medals, 2002 and 2012
  • Dalhousie Law Students Society and Dalhousie Law Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence, 1992
  • Honorary Fellow, Exeter College Oxford
  • Honorary Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Honorary Fellow, CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan