Ryder is an accomplished litigator with a broad litigation practice focused on commercial litigation, defamation, and privacy law.  His experience spans a wide range of disputes, including complex contractual disputes, construction and infrastructure-related litigation, internal investigations, securities litigation, professional liability, libel litigation, privacy litigation, and commercial arbitration.  He has appeared at every level of court in Ontario, as well as the Court of Queen’s Bench in New Brunswick, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has also appeared before many administrative tribunals including the Competition Tribunal, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Ontario Municipal Board, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Ryder’s hearing room experience and skills are complemented by substantive expertise in the areas of commercial arbitration, defamation, and privacy/cybersecurity.

Commercial Arbitration

Ryder has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc arbitrations and under institutional rules including Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADR), the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and American Arbitration Association’s International Centre Dispute Resolution (ICDR). He is a past-President of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and current member of the Arbitration Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is a member of ICDR’s Canadian panel of arbitrators. Ryder holds the Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation from the ADR Institute of Canada.

Media & Defamation

Ryder has been recognized by his peers for years as one of the leading media and defamation lawyers in Canada.  For more than 15 years he has been advising community and metropolitan newspapers, digital publishers, book publishers and  broadcasters on issues relating to defamation law, publication bans, sealing orders, privacy and copyright. He has acted in leading cases in many of these areas.  He also has extensive experience as counsel in defamation disputes between individuals and corporations and in advising and assisting in connection with online reputation management.  He is the past-President of the Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association. He is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson where he has taught media law to journalism students for a decade.


Ryder regularly advises clients on matters relating to fraud, extortion, and security breaches requiring internal and/or external investigation and corporate reputation management.  In the cybersecurity space, Ryder has assisted clients with a variety of issues ranging from lost or stolen data, cyber-extortion threats, malware and phishing attacks and vendor service provider breaches.  He is the breach coach for a leading cyber-insurance provider and regularly advises clients on cyber-breach preparedness issues.

Before founding DMG Advocates, Ryder spent 15 years at a leading national law firm, nine of those as a partner.

Bar Admission

  • Ontario (2002)


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Dalhousie University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (Past President)
  • International Chamber of Commerce – Arbitration Committee
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association (Past President)
  • Media Law Resource Centre
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Best Lawyers (2011-2023)
    Defamation and Media
  • Toronto’s Top Lawyers, Post Toronto (2022)
  • Benchmark Litigation (2014-2023)
    Litigation Star: Commercial, Defamation, Media & Entertainment, Securities, Tax Disputes
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2010-2022)
    Litigation: Defamation and Media “Most Frequently Recommended” (highest ranking)                                                                                                                                        Commercial Arbitration “Consistently Recommended”                                                                                                                                                                                        Litigation: Corporate Commercial “Repeatedly Recommended”
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2009-2019)
    Defamation and Media
  • Lexpert Rising Stars (2010)
    Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada (2020)
  • Panelist: Pitfalls in Litigating a Defamation Case
    Defamation Law: What Litigators Need to Know, The Advocates’ Society, Webinar, January 25, 2021.
  • Panelist: Law, Policy and International Reporting Issues of Jurisdiction 
    Investing in our Futures, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, Ontario, August 8th, 2019.
  • Panelist: Cyber Libel
    Defamation Law: A Practical Guide for Litigators, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, May 14, 2019.
  • Presenter: Drawing the Line: Determining what Words are Defamatory in 2019
    Defamation Law 2019: Current Issues and Emerging Trends, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 2019.
  • Presenter: Slapp Law Suits: Practice Essentials
    OBA Media and Communications Law Program, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, March 20,2019.
  • Co-Chair: International Arbitration: Looking Ahead
    ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 8-9, 2018.
  • Panelist: Regulating “Uncivil Discourse” on the Internet: Defamation, Hate Speech, and Fake News
    New Developments in Communications Law and Policy, International Institute of Communications – Canadian Chapter, Ottawa, Ontario, November 15, 2017.
  • Panelist: Recent Developments & Case Law Affecting Arbitration Advocacy
    A Special Litigation Presentation: Arbitration Advocacy, Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, November 1, 2017.
  • Panelist: Responding to Cyber Hacks
    e-Discovery Institute 2017, Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2016.
  • Speaker: Privacy Everywhere
    Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto, Ontario, September 2, 2017.
  • Panelist: Cybersecurity Risks and the ADR Professional Ethical and Legal Responsibilities of ADR Professionals in the Digital World
    British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 12, 2017.
  • Presenter: The Role of External Counsel in Data Breach Response
    The Six Minute Business Lawyer, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 7, 2017.
  • Panelist: Deloitte “One Response” Cyber Incident Panel
    Vancouver, British Columbia, June 1, 2017.
  • Panelist: Deloitte “One Response” Cyber Incident Panel
    Calgary, Alberta, May 29, 2017.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    International Comparative Legal Guide to Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2017, 2nd Edition, Global Legal Group, March 2017.
  • Presenter: Director and Officer Responsibility for Cyber Security
    Emerging Issues in Directors’ and Officers’ Liability 2017, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 16, 2017.
  • Co-author: Boards and Black Hats: Potential Director and Officer Liability for Cybersecurity Breaches
    Emerging Issues in Directors’ and Officers’ Liability 2017, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 16, 2017.
  • Speaker: Managing Cyber Risks
    Data Security Privacy Forum, Benchmark, New York, February 14, 2017.
  • Panelist: 20th Annual Fundamental Freedoms Conference
    Presented by: The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust; Law Foundation of Ontario; and Toronto District School Board, Journalism, Politics and the Law, Toronto, November 29, 2016
  • Presenter: Legal Framework for Arbitration Advocacy
    Arbitration Advocacy, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, November 25, 2016.
  • Moderator: Privacy Torts
    Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference, November 4, 2016
  • Speaker: Emerging Cybercrime Threats: Effective Defenses for Mitigating Risks Live Webcast
    Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, October 19, 2016
  • Moderator: Is the Arbitration World Cyber Secure?
    ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, Toronto, October 14, 2016
  • Speaker: Practical Guide and Best Practices in Responding to a Data Breach Live Webcast
    The Knowledge Group, October 13, 2016
  • Co-author: The $50 billion reversal: Dispute between Russia and oil company shareholders underlines importance of arbitral jurisdiction
    The Lawyers Weekly, June 17, 2016.
  • Speaker: Developments in Privacy Torts in Ontario
    Presentation to the Access and Privacy Section (North) of the Canadian Bar Association (webinar), March 24, 2016.
  • Co-author: Ontario Court Recognizes New Privacy Tort