Skip to content

Thomas J. Kannanayakal

Articling Student

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law

Education

  • J.D., University of Alberta, 2022
  • M.S., Wright State University, 2009
  • M.Phil. (first class), University of Madras, 2003
  • M.Sc. (first class with distinction), University of Madras, 2002
  • B.Sc. (first class), University of Madras, 2000

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Alberta Association of Professional Biologists

Bar Admissions

  • Working towards becoming a member of the Law Society of Alberta

Languages

  • English
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam

Personal

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 currently serves 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 research assistant in biomedical research.  As a graduate student, he served as the 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.

    Contact a lawyer now

    Your information is kept safe.

    Please note: The information provided on this website is Not Legal Advice. The information may or may not be accurate. The information is for discussion purposes only. Reliance upon any information provided would not be grounds to advance a claim against Merchant Law for providing any advice. In order to get a formal legal opinion upon which you may rely about any specific fact scenario, you would have to first retain the services of a lawyer and request a formal legal opinion.