Bar Admissions
  • Ontario
  • British Columbia
  • University of Toronto BSc
  • University of Windsor JD

Joel Kohm: Arbitrator and Mediator

Joel Kohm is an independent, full-time arbitrator and mediator focusing on corporate, commercial and real estate contracts and torts, product liability, insurance claims, professional negligence, debtor/creditor, and employment issues.

Joel has over 35 years of experience as litigation counsel in British Columbia and Ontario at civil trials, administrative hearings, appeals, and a wide range of alternative dispute resolution matters. With litigation experience in private practice and with the Department of Justice Canada, he recognizes the importance to the parties in resolving their disputes through mediation and arbitration and provides prompt, efficient, effective, and confidential services tailored to their needs and the nature of their dispute.

Joel holds a certificate in mediation (2015) from the Dispute Resolution Center of King County (Seattle, WA) and a QArb designation in arbitration (2016) from the ADR Institutes of Canada and British Columbia. In 2019, he co-chaired the arbitration track at the ADR Institute of BC Symposium. He is a member of the Expedited Procedures and Mediation Panels of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre and an arbitration roster member of ADRBC for ICBC vehicle damage disputes.

Joel has broad experience in legal education. He is a former Deputy Director of Education for the Law Society of Ontario. He has designed and presented numerous litigation-related workshops for law societies, bar associations, and government agencies throughout Canada. He has taught at the Bar Admission Course in Ontario, the Professional Legal Training Course in British Columbia, and served as a visiting instructor in trial skills at Emory Law School in Atlanta, GA. Joel’s teaching skills have been honoured with The Advocates’ Society’s Distinction in Teaching Award.

In 2013, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Joel worked with a colleague from Australia, and with support from local legal and paralegal professionals, created and presented legal skills workshops in the provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Yunnan, China. The goal of these workshops was to train legal aid lawyers in effectively representing marginalized groups.

Joel is committed to giving back to the legal community. He volunteers as a mentor to foreign-trained lawyers seeking accreditation in BC through MOSAIC and serves as a volunteer judge at the annual Jessup International Law Moot. When he is not working on legal matters, you can find him patrolling right wing for his hockey team in Delta, BC.