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 certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, and ranked by Chambers as a leading individual in both the Corporate Litigation and White Collar Crime categories. Clients interviewed by Chambers have said: "John Pirie has a sterling reputation in the legal community and is regarded as a powerful litigator," and "He is a recognized expert in dealing with corporate and civil fraud, corruption and related matters."
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 L'Expert'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.
Representative Legal Matters
Counsel for a multinational entity named in the Sino-Forest securities fraud class action, and in related regulatory, and global arbitration proceedings.
Counsel for the Ontario Securities Commission pursuing significant asset recoveries in Canada and abroad.
Counsel for HSBC Bank Canada on numerous matters, often fraud related. Obtained a significant judgment and tracing orders at trial against borrowers for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
Counsel for an automotive company defending allegations of breach of restrictive covenants in a purchase agreement at trial. Obtained trial judgment dismissing action with costs.
Counsel for an institutional shareholder and investors in stock manipulation proceedings against an agency of the Swedish Government.
Counsel for a major US-based railway in an arbitration with a competitor concerning operational rights and revenues from tracks between the US border and parts of Canada.
Counsel for a global oil company in an arbitration against an engineering firm concerning failed oil wells.
Counsel for the TMX Group / Shorcan in complex proceedings involving investor allegations.
Counsel for VitaQuest International and Nu-Life Corporation: defended, on appeal, a substantial claim that had been made by a business partner alleging fraud and breach of contract.
Counsel for the Waldock Group in a landmark Ponzi scheme investor case, and in related regulatory proceedings.
- Ontario~Canada (1998)
- Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB) (1995)
- University of Western Ontario (BA Political Science, Honours) (1992)
- Co-author, Canada Chapter, The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review (Eighth Edition), The Law Reviews, 2020
- Co-author, Chapter for Canada Law and Practice, Enforcement of Judgments, Chambers Global Practice Guide, 2020
- Co-author, Chamber for Canada Law and Practice, White-Collar Crime, Chambers Global Practice Guide, 2020
- Co-author, Canada Chapter, The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review (Seventh Edition), The Law Reviews, 2019
- Co-author, Chapter for Canada Law and Practice, Enforcement of Judgments, Chambers Global Practice Guide, 2019