John J L Hunter conducts a commercial litigation and arbitration practice with Hunter Litigation Chambers, a 23-lawyer litigation firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He appears regularly in the trial and appellate courts of British Columbia in a wide range of commercial and public law matters and has represented clients as diverse as Imperial Tobacco, Weyerhaeuser and the Attorney-General of British Columbia in the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2013 he was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Senate Reform Reference argued before that Court.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Hunter carries out a practice as a commercial arbitrator in Canada. He has been appointed as an arbitrator on both general commercial matters and disputes relating to energy and natural resources. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he is also a member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitrators Society.
Mr Hunter is a Fellow and a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and an honorary overseas member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales.
Since 2004, he has been identified in the annual Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in corporate-commercial litigation and has also been recognised in the Chambers Global Guide, Best Lawyers of Canada, Benchmark Canada, and Who’s Who Legal 2015. Martindale-Hubbell has designated him as AV, their highest rating. Mr Hunter was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994.
Mr. Hunter served as President of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2008 and is a Life Bencher. He also served as President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in 2012. In 2014, he became the fourteenth recipient of the Law Society “Begbie” Award, given every two years based on the criteria of integrity, professional achievement, service and law reform.