Vern Krishna, CM, KC

Of Counsel

Vern Krishna is one of Canada’s leading tax lawyers and has been a professor in the common law program at the University of Ottawa since 1981.  He has practised tax law since the Carter Commission reported on tax reform in 1966. Vern represents clients in tax litigation and dispute resolution at all court levels, and also acts as counsel in income tax and wealth management matters, advising corporate and individual clients in administrative appeals and negotiations with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Recognized as a national expert, Vern has written 17 texts about tax law, international taxation and business law, and is the author of numerous articles and case comments. His work has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada and various provincial superior courts.

As one of the country’s foremost legal scholars, Vern has made remarkable contributions to the profession. He is a member of the Order of Canada, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel, and is a recipient of both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.  Vern has been recognized in Lexpert’s Directory of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the Tax Law and Estates and Trusts categories since 2006, and is mentioned in Who’s Who. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Certified Professional Accountants of Canada.

Vern has been a Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario since 1991 and served as Treasurer from 2001 to 2003. For more information, visit


University of Cambridge, DCL, 1986
Harvard University, LL.M., 1975
University of Alberta, LL.B., 1974
University of Alberta, M.B.A., 1969
University of Manchester, B.Com., 1963