Areas of Expertise
John is a commercial and civil litigator. He is recognized by his clients for his critical insight, frank advice, and passionate advocacy. His focus is always on obtaining the best result as expeditiously as possible. John has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation disputes, including shareholder disputes, contract disputes, fraud, defamation, copyright, professional liability, real estate litigation, administrative law, regulatory matters, insurance litigation, and enforcement of civil judgments. He has extensive experience at all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court, Commercial list matters, administrative tribunals, and commercial arbitrations. John has been lead counsel on complex motions, trials, and appeals; has experience obtaining and responding to emergency civil remedies, such as Mareva injunctions; and has applied his intellectual prowess and advocacy skills to set legal precedents for the benefit of his clients.
John has spoken and written on a variety of legal topics in Canada and the United States, including copyright infringement (California Copyright Conference), extraordinary remedies (Law Clerk Conference of Ontario), and solicitor client privilege (Lawyer's Weekly). John has also made televised appearances on The National and CityNews.
John was called to the bar in 2011 and is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocates' Society. Prior to joining Brauti Thorning LLP, John articled at a large Toronto-based national firm where he completed a secondment with Ontario Power Generation.
John's academic credentials include a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. (Honours) from Queen's University.
John has been a long serving member of the Board of Directors for the Thunder Beach Association, an organization dedicated to community stewardship in Georgian Bay. John also previously served as a Board Member for the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations. Prior to law school, John volunteered as an intern International Law Institute in Kampala, Uganda, and also lived and worked as a teacher and entrepreneur in Seoul, South Korea. John regularly appears at charity events as the keyboard player for the Thunder Beach based Salamonies and the battle tested funk outfit Mutual Release.
Mar, 11, 2015
Court creates separate standard for political blogosphere. A recent case involving political bloggers raises the question of whether the law of defamation has a role to play in a context where less regard appears to be paid to facts and the truth, says Toronto civil litigator John Philpott.
Philpott, an associate with Brauti Thorning LLP, says Baglow v. Smith, 2015 ONSC 1175 (CanLII) is one of the first cases in Canada where defamation allegations have arisen from the political blogosphere. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com
March 3, 2014
Court says judge can seek submissions on issue after ruling. A recent ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal confirms that a judge can seek further submissions on an undecided issue following his or her judgment without being considered 'functus', or barred from considering the case further, says Toronto civil litigation lawyer John Philpott. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com
February 25, 2014
Public's interest in privacy part of 'new balance'. The Hollywood production company recently given access to the names and addresses of 2,000 suspected illegal downloaders has struggled to turn a profit on its films, Toronto civil litigation lawyer John Philpott tells CityNews. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com
January 29, 2014
Implied, voluntary waiver of privilege alive and well. Although the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that solicitor-client privilege has to remain "as absolute as possible," the doctrine of "waiver of privilege" is alive and well, Toronto commercial and civil litigator John Philpott writes in Lawyers Weekly. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com