Jacob Wilson Associate
A former clerk of the Supreme Court of Canada and Gold Medallist at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Jacob represents clients in commercial, civil, and regulatory proceedings.
Before joining the firm, Jacob worked as an attorney for two New York-based firms, Sullivan & Cromwell and Shearman & Sterling, and was located in their London and Toronto offices, respectively. He has advised on a wide variety of complex international corporate, securities, and mergers & acquisitions matters, including representing companies, sovereigns or financial institutions in approximately $50 billion of securities offerings.
While at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Jacob worked in a pro bono capacity as a visiting attorney with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), located in Arusha, Tanzania, where he assisted in an appeal concerning a former minister in the Rwandan government that presided over the 1994 genocide.
Jacob previously served as clerk to the Hon. Justice Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada, assisting in a diversity of criminal, constitutional, and civil cases. Jacob studied law at McGill University, where he completed the B.C.L./LL.B. program at an accelerated pace and graduated with a Gold Medal.
Prior to law school, Jacob was a policy analyst with the Institute on Governance in Ottawa, focussing on Aboriginal governance. Jacob also completed the Parliamentary Internship Programme, providing legislative and policy assistance to Members of Parliament from two different parties.
Jacob also holds an M.A. from the University of Warwick, where he studied as a Mackenzie King scholar, and a B.A. (Hons.) from Trent University. As part of his undergraduate studies, he completed the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College in Halifax.
Early in his career, Jacob spent two years volunteering with international development and human rights groups in Ecuador, Bolivia and Cambodia, and four summers working as a tree-planter to fund his studies. He speaks English, French, Spanish and some German and Czech and has planted 300,000 trees.
Jacob Wilson was admitted to the bar in both the State of New York and the Province of Ontario in 2009. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Toronto Lawyers’ Association, the Criminal Lawyers' Association and the Canadian Bar Association.