Joe Milstone is co-founder of Cognition LLP, the industry leader driving the changes in which business legal services are offered, delivered and procured in Canada. Cognition provides senior, business-minded legal services at affordable rates, under flexible structures and with counsel possessing a unique blend of private practice and in-house experience. As a testament to its success, Cognition has been on Profit Magazine’s list of fastest growing businesses for the past two years, and Joe has become a frequent speaker and commentator on the changing legal industry. Joe has spoken at the CBA Canadian Legal Conference, the CCCA Spring Conference, The Commons Institute, The Canadian Institute In-House Counsel Congress, the Financial Executives International Annual Conference and even at partner retreats for traditional Bay Street law firms.
Before co-founding Cognition, Joe worked at Oslers and the Canadian Bankers Association, and then as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at Call-Net Enterprises (Sprint Canada) and Magna Entertainment. His mix of BigLaw, in-house leadership and Cognition experiences gives him a unique perspective on how the legal industry should transform for the benefit of corporate counsel and legal departments.
Joe holds a joint LL.B./M.B.A. degree from Osgoode Hall/Schulich School of Business and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.
Industry Expertise (6)
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Areas of Expertise (6)
Financial Services and the Law
Telecommuniucations Regulatory Compliance
Sports and Entertainment Law
Member - All-Virtual In-House Counsel (professional)
Joe has been named to the All-Virtual In-House Counsel five years in a row.
Unviersity of Western Ontario: Bachelor of Social Science, Economics 1988
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business: LLB (JD)/MBA, Corporate Law and Business Management 1992
Event Appearances (4)
Small Business Summit
The Globe and Mail Small Business Summit Toronto
Mitigating Legal Hotspots on the Road to Growth and Expansion
Financial Executives International SME Conference Toronto
Defining the Legal Team as an Operational Necessity and Justifying Expenditures
13th Annual In-House Counsel Congress Toronto
Negotiations and Enterprise Resource Planning
George Brown College - Negotiations and Enterprise Resource Planning Toronto
- Workshop Leader