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Phil Lord is a legal scholar and independent practitioner. For the 2020-2021 term, Phil is a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada. He is making final revisions to his LL.M. thesis at the McGill University Faculty of Law, where he studied as a Bombardier scholar.

Prior to undertaking graduate studies in law, Phil was an associate at Renno Vathilakis. 

Phil’s practice focusses on civil and commercial litigation. He also has significant experience with class actions, exempt market products, tax and estate planning, administrative and disciplinary law, and white-collar defense. Phil is called to the bar in New York, Massachusetts, and Quebec. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds the ACIArb professional designation. 

Phil graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law, with degrees in civil and common law. He graduated on the Dean’s Honour List and as a Golden Key Scholar. He also received prizes for achieving the highest standing in the law of property and in constitutional law. At age 15, Phil spent a summer term earning 8 undergraduate credits at Harvard University. Not realising that calculus was a prerequisite, Phil registered for a macroeconomics course. He still managed to achieve a 3.67 GPA. (Two years later, in college, Phil did pass his introductory calculus course.)

Phil’s academic research focusses on public law (mainly employment and taxation law), behavioural economics, and new religious movements. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in many field-relevant journals. His research regarding Scientology has appeared in the two main journals where prominent Scientology scholars have published their research: the Marburg Journal of Religion and the International Journal of Coercion, Abuse, and Manipulation (formerly the International Journal of Cultic Studies). His disability research has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, the premier interdisciplinary Canadian journal in the field of disability studies. His public law and behavioural economics research has appeared in both economics journals, such as the Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy (where field pioneers such as Prof. Cass Sunstein routinely publish their research), and law reviews. Phil has placed articles and book reviews in both European law journals, such as The Theory and Practice of Legislation (formerly Legisprudence) and The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, and Canadian law journals, such as the Alberta Law Review, the Manitoba Law Journal, and the Cahiers de droit

Phil has founded several companies. Most notably, Phil has a significant experience in and with the financial services industry. He has successfully completed the licensing courses to be an Exempt Market Dealer and a Chief Compliance Officer of an Exempt Market Dealer, and the six equivalency exams to earn the Financial Planner (F.Pl.) designation. He served as Managing Partner of a private equity firm, where he remains a partner. Phil has assisted his clients with a wide range of issues.

An alumnus of Quebec's public colleges and universities, Phil is also a proud former health care aide and convenience store clerk.  

Phil enjoys giving back to the community through pro bono work. In 2018, he organised the Montreal March for Our Lives, which was covered by many media outlets and attended by hundreds of people. 

In his free time, Phil runs (slow) marathons and meditates. 

Phil can be contacted by email at

This page may constitute attorney adversiting under U.S. law. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Also note that this bio was written prior to Phil's appointment as a law clerk. Phil has made adjustments to his professional and personal activities to respect conflict of interest rules.


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