Gordon McKinnon practises civil litigation and administrative law. His litigation experience is in the areas of insurance law, personal injury litigation and commercial litigation. His administrative law practice is related to workers’ compensation and professional discipline. Mr. McKinnon acts as external counsel and litigation counsel to a number of Provincial Crown agencies and departments.

  • Services


    Litigation & Dispute Resolution

    Government & Regulatory


    Financial Services

  • Education

    LL.B., Manitoba Law School, 1978
    LL.D. (Honorary), University of Winnipeg, 1997

  • Industries

    Agribusiness and Agri-Food

    Financial Services

    Health Care


    Provincial & Municipal Government

    Public Sector & Crown Corporations

  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 1979
    Northwest Territories, 2008

  • Achievements

    Elected Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006

    Law Society Prize for 4th overall standing in graduating class (1978)

    Dean’s Honour List, Faculty of Law

    Repeatedly selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Canada for Insurance Law, Administrative and Public Law, and Corporate and Commercial Litigation

    Selected as Best Lawyers Winnipeg "Lawyer of the Year" for Insurance Law in 2014 and in 2018 for Corporate and Commercial Litigation 

    Repeatedly recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Lawyer in both Commercial Insurance Litigation and Personal Injury

    Best Lawyers 2021 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Winnipeg

  • In the Community

    Chairman, Legal Aid Society of Manitoba, 2004-2005

    Chairman, Professional Division, United Way of Winnipeg, 1996

    Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Winnipeg, 1988-1990

    Member, Board of Regents at the University of Winnipeg, 1982-1994

    School Trustee, St. James-Assiniboia School Division, 1974-1980

  • Speaking Engagements

    Lecturer, Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunals, 2007 - present

    Panellist, Pitblado Lectures, Appellate Advocacy, 2006

    Author, Bar Admission Course materials on Administrative Law 1994 to 2010

    Lecturer, Bar Admission Course - Administration Advocacy, 1994- 2002
    Guest Lecturer, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, 1999

    Guest Lecturer, Disability & Impairment, 1998

    Panellist, Pitblado Lecturers, Civil Litigation, 1992

    Lecturer and panellist at seminars sponsored by the Law Society of Manitoba on topics of Civil Litigation and Administrative Law

  • Associations

    • Advocates Society
    • American Association of Trial Lawyers