BA (Toronto), LLB (Toronto), of the Bar of Ontario
Alfred Kwinter was born in Vienna, Austria. He grew up in downtown Toronto and
obtained his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1967 and his law degree from
the University of Toronto in 1970. In 1974 he and his classmate Morris Singer
founded the firm of Singer Kwinter. For the first 10 years of his career, Mr. Kwinter practiced
mostly criminal law before switching to the civil side representing plaintiffs in
personal injury, malpractice and insurance claims.
Mr. Kwinter has appeared as counsel at all court levels including The Supreme Court of
Canada, where he appeared on behalf of the successful plaintiff in the landmark
decision of Oldfield v. Transamerica Insurance Company. He is the only lawyer in
Canada who has obtained a punitive damage award against an insurance
company on three separate occasions.
Mr. Kwinter is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), the Canadian
Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar
Association. He has taught trial practice in the Bar Admission Course and has
been invited to speak and chair numerous programs sponsored by The Advocates’
Society (TAS), Osgoode Continuing Legal Education, OTLA, CBA, OBA and the
LSUC. Alf is currently an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Alf has been certified as a specialist in Civil Litigation by The Law Society of Upper
Canada and is a past director of the Advocates Society.
Mr. Kwinter is the recipient of the 2015 OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law. This
award celebrates his outstanding achievements, distinguished record of service
and highest standards of integrity and civility.