John Pirie leads the Firm's Litigation and Government Enforcement Group in Canada. He acts for clients in complex business disputes and investigations.
John is widely recognized as a leading trial, arbitration and appellate lawyer. He is Chambers ranked, and certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.
John has a long record of success acting for a range of clients. He has acted for corporations, banks, officers and directors, a securities regulator, a stock exchange, investors, public officials, members of the judiciary and a variety of professionals.
John's practice includes a significant fraud and financial crime component. He has appeared as counsel in a number of the country's leading corporate and civil fraud cases. John has deep experience in financial recovery strategies and emergency relief measures including Mareva injunctions, bankruptcies and receiverships, Anton Piller orders, global asset tracing, fraudulent conveyance proceedings and the enforcement of foreign judgments/awards.
A related focus of John's practice is class action work, where he has defended a range of cases including those that allege fraud, misrepresentation, competition law violations, securities law violations, and consumer matters.
John has been recognized by Chambers, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and in Lexpert's Annual Guide to the Leading Canada/US Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers. John is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
John has acted on numerous high profile matters including a case in the Supreme Court of Canada ranked by Lexpert Magazine as Canada's #1 annual business decision. He has previously been named one of Lexpert's Rising Stars, a "Top 40" award that recognizes Canadian lawyers with an outstanding record of success.
John has been a moot court judge in Osgoode Hall Law School's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, and he has been an instructor carrying out the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's training programs. John has also appeared as a lecturer in Osgoode's Graduate Civil Litigation Program.