John is the chair of Whitelaw Twining’s commercial litigation group and the head of the firm’s surety team. John represents a league of high-profile clients in a broad range of business litigation matters, including leasing and commercial disputes, commercial and property insolvency disputes, bankruptcy claims, breach of contract matters and shareholder rights.
John ranks among the market’s leading trial lawyers and is particularly skilled at commercial arbitrations and mediations. An astute advocate with a critical mind, John has a well-deserved reputation among his contemporaries as a formidable opponent with an innovative approach to problem-solving and infallible perseverance. Certainly, John is relentless when it comes to getting positive results for his clients. Having played hockey for as long as he can remember, competition and grit continue to be John’s guiding principles in his legal career.
At Whitelaw Twining, John is known as a strong leader with an open door policy, who values his team members and takes every opportunity to mentor and support new lawyers and paralegals in the firm.
John is a seasoned wine connoisseur with a palate for Tuscan wine, the Tyrrhenian coast and Renaissance architecture.
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1992
B.Comm (Honours), Queen’s University, 1989
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1994
John contributes extensively to publications in his areas of expertise. He is the co-author of the Annotated British Columbia Court Order Enforcement Act, published by Canada Law Book and Western Legal Publications. He has written two chapters for the Annotated Guide to Creditors Remedies published by the Continuing Legal Education Society. Also, John authored and now updates a chapter used by the Law Society in its Professional Legal Training Course.
Listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 – 2022 (Construction, Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Insurance)
Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star for Commercial Litigation and Insolvency