John is originally from Nova Scotia. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School and then moved to Vancouver in 1982 to article with Russell and DuMoulin. He was admitted to the Bar in BC in 1983 (and to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1986).
John accepted an offer of partnership at R&D in 1989. He practiced primarily commercial and construction litigation at Russell and DuMoulin until 1994 when John, Dinyar Marzban and Bob Jenkins left R&D to start their own firm, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP. They practiced together at JML until the end of 2011 when Bob was appointed to the Supreme Court of B.C. Dinyar and John remain at the firm, and John is managing partner. The firm practices primarily construction and family law, and has the highest possible ratings in those areas.
John has been counsel on a multitude of complex construction and commercial cases in BC. He was counsel for the Plaintiffs on some of the first large, and very difficult, leaky condo cases in BC. He is regarded by many as the leading lawyer in BC on the law of tendering. He has been successful as counsel in several leading cases involving construction tendering, including Fred Welsh v. B.G.M.Construction, Stanco Projects v. Her Majesty, Continental Steel v. Mierau Contractors and Hub Excavating v. Orca Estates. A representative sample of John's cases can be found at www.jml.ca.
John is often asked to act as a mediator, arbitrator or referee in construction and commercial disputes. John has devoted a great deal of time to mentoring young lawyers over the years, and has assisted many in finding the right career path. John is a member of a variety of legal, construction and development associations, and is a very frequent chair or lecturer at conferences organized by those associations, including the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and the Professional Legal Training Program. He has also been the author of numerous papers on commercial litigation and construction law topics (see representative sample at www.jml.ca).
John's involvement in legal, industry and community associations includes:
Teaching Builder's Liens at virtually every PLTC session for approximately the last 20 years
Former Director of the Law Courts Inn Society
Former Director of the Vancouver Bar Association
Former Member of the Advocates Club
Fellow (and former Director) of the Canadian College of Construction lawyers
Co-chairing or presenting at a multitude of CLE Construction Law and Litigation courses
Chairing or presenting to lawyers and others at dozens of construction industry seminars on construction law topics
One of the first contributing authors to the BC Builder's Lien Practice Manual
Involvement for many years in the Construction and Civil Litigation sections of the BC branch of the CBA
Many years of assisting other lawyers in connection with mistakes or potential mistakes made by them in the construction law practice
Performer with various lawyer bands at the "Battle of the Bar Bands", raising many thousands for the Benevolent Society
Member of the Urban Development Institute
Member of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Member of the British Columbia Construction Association
Member of the British Columbia Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association
Member of the Jericho Tennis Club
Member of the Point Grey Golf and Country Club
Former President of the New Babylonian Society, raising many thousands for charity
John's practice largely consists of referrals from other lawyers. John is included in the 2012 Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He is rated by Lexpert (together with John Singleton, QC and Chris O’Connor, QC) as one of BC's three "Consistently Recommended" lawyers in construction law. John has an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell in both commercial litigation and construction law and is rated by Who’s Who Legal and BestLawyers as one of the top construction lawyers in BC. John was one of the original Fellows of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and he is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.