The Honourable John B. Laskin
Justice John B.
litigation for more than 30 years in the Toronto office of Torys LLP. In his
broad trial and appellate practice, he represented individuals, corporations,
governments and their agencies, public institutions, industry associations,
public interest groups, and Indigenous organizations. He appeared in the
Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Courts, every level of court in Ontario,
the courts of seven other provinces and territories, domestic and international
arbitrations, and a variety of administrative tribunals.
Justice Laskin is a
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of Litigation Counsel of
America, and has been a member of the Ontario Regional Committee of the Supreme
Court Advocacy Institute. He has spoken, written and taught frequently on
matters of public law and advocacy, and was co-editor of Canadian
Charter of Rights Annotated. Before entering private practice, he was a
professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.
Born in Thunder Bay,
Justice Laskin holds a B.A. (with distinction) from York University, an LL.B.
(as Gold Medallist) from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from the
University of California at Berkeley. He is a past President of the University
of Toronto Law Alumni Association and was actively involved in the founding of
the Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. In 2015, he was awarded the Law
Society of Upper Canada’s Law Society Medal, given for outstanding service
within the legal profession where the service is in accordance with the highest
ideals of the profession.
Justice Laskin was
appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal on June 21, 2017.