• Married, three children
  • Partner, Gowling WLG


  • Chair, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Law Society
  • Commercial, civil and regulatory litigator
  • Gowling WLG National Commercial Litigation Practice Group Leader

Current Activities

  • Member, Civil Rules Committee for Ontario
  • Director, Institute for Civility and Professionalism
  • Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Co-authour, Class Action, Law and Practice
  • Lecturer on civil procedure, trial advocacy and class actions
  • Coach, son’s hockey team
  • Member: The Advocates’ Society, Canadian Bar Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild, Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario

Past Activities

  • Clerk, Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories
  • Fox Scholar
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Law School
  • Chairman, Simplified Rules Review Committee
  • Director, The Advocates’ Society


John has been recognized by several publications as a leading commercial counsel in Canada, including:

  • Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 lawyers in Canada
  • Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to The Leading 500 Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Financier Worldwide Litigation and Adjudicator Resolution Handbook