John Trueman is a member of Whitelaw Twining’s commercial litigation group, with a focus on administrative and public law, and information and privacy matters. He is also a member of our firm’s appellate advocacy practice group. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
John brings over twenty years of public policy and advocacy experience to the practice of law. For 14 years he helped lead implementation of the ground-breaking Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, where he supported the Chief Adjudicator of one of Canada’s largest quasi-judicial tribunals and managed dozens of litigation cases, including two at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Prior to being called to the bar, John clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Sheilah L. Martin. A graduate of UBC’s Allard School of Law, John received the Jerome Ziskrout Prize in professional responsibility and ethics, the Ladner Prize for the highest cumulative GPA in first and second years, as well as awards in corporation law and constitutional law. During his final year of law school, he spent a semester studying at the University of Hong Kong and took a comparative constitutional law seminar in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
An active community member, John is the former Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society and former Executive Director of Youthquest! Lesbian and Gay Youth Society of British Columbia.
John is an avid traveler, having visited 30 countries on five continents. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, cycling and riding trains.
J.D., University of British Columbia, 2018
B.A., Simon Fraser University, 2003
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Called to the Ontario Bar in 2019
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 2019
Member of the Canadian Bar Association Civil Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Administrative Law and Constitutional Law Sections