Thomas J. Kannanayakal, P.Biol.



  • Civil litigation
  • Judicial review applications
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Insurance claims
  • Motor vehicle accident claims
  • Slip and fall claims
  • Occupier’s liability claims


  • Law Society of Alberta, 2023


  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Society of Zoologists


  • Juris Doctor, University of Alberta, Canada, 2022
  • Master of Science in Environmental Biology, Wright State University, USA, 2009
  • Master of Philosophy in Endocrinology (in First Class), University of Madras, India, 2003
  • Master of Science in Zoology (with Distinction), University of Madras, India, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology (in First Class), University of Madras, India, 2000



  • English
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam


Thomas has experience assisting clients with matters before all levels of courts in Alberta. He has argued matters before the Federal Court, the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta, and the Alberta Court of Justice. His practice primarily focuses on insurance law, civil litigation, and administrative law. He is an active member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and an editorial committee member of The Barrister magazine. Thomas served as an editor of Alberta Law Review and volunteered with Student Legal Services and Pro Bono Student Canada as a student at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He had also served on the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals board and as the president of Nu Kappa Upsilon AAPP Student Honour Society.

Before joining law school, Thomas worked as a scientist in biomedical research. As a graduate student, he was president of the Student Advisory Council of the Society of Toxicology. Thomas has published articles and papers on legal and scientific topics. In addition, he has received various awards, including the Susan M. Anderson Award in Law, Belzberg Entrance Scholarship, Jason Lang Scholarship, and Student Travel Awards for his academic performance, and Lion of the Year Award, Calgary North Hill Lions Club President’s Appreciation Award, and Life Membership at the Lions Foundation of Canada for his community involvement. Thomas is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Thomas enjoys volunteering as an event photographer for not-for-profit organizations. His photography project—on access to justice—was exhibited at the Urban Exposure Project sponsored by United Way of Calgary and Area and Pembina Pipelines. Thomas is grateful to his wife and three children for their unwavering love and support. He loves spending time outdoors with his family.

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