John MacDonald - Litigation Lawyer

John MacDonald

Partner, Litigation

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.5672



Bar Admission

New Brunswick, 1988

Ontario, 1986


University of New Brunswick, LL.B.

University of New Brunswick, B.Sc.



John’s civil trial practice involves appearances in the Courts of Ontario and New Brunswick. John has substantial experience in significant cases involving commercial contracts, insurance coverage disputes and labour related issues such as injunctions and executive dismissals. His role as advocate includes counsel work at both the trial and appellate levels. John also has extensive experience in insolvency litigation, having participated in several major restructurings involving large public and private corporations, and retainers on behalf of Canadian and U.S. lending institutions in receivership and cross-border proceedings. He is cross-appointed to the firm’s Insolvency and Restructuring group.

    Comark completes sale transaction and emerges from creditor protection

    Pier 1 Imports in its Chapter 11 and CCAA Recognition Proceedings

    Significant coverage disputes for clients in energy/transportation sector

    Successful trial judgement against Marine Insurers in admiralty related case

    Receiver and trustee in bankruptcy mandates for the restructuring and/or sale of significant business entities in the health care and forestry sectors

    Lending syndicates in cross-border insolvency proceedings involving realization on secured assets of companies in the manufacturing, gas and alternative energy sectors

    A leading data processing company defending claims under a distributorship agreement

    A Major chartered bank in disputes arising from financial investments of a partnership in liquidation

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation

  • Osler Pro Bono Initiative, Litigation Partner Representative

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of New Brunswick
  • Turnaround Management Association