John K. Downing

Partner | London


Portrait of John K.  Downing


John Downing is the Managing Partner of the London office. His practice incorporates a wide range of litigation matters, and focuses specifically on corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence, product liability, insurance defence, and real estate. He frequently lectures on these topics, including at the University of Western Ontario Law School.

John has appeared as trial and appellate counsel at all levels of the Ontario court system on a broad range of matters, including dealership and franchise disputes, product liability lawsuits, injunctive relief in commercial matters, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, economic torts, applications for approval of company arrangements under the OBCA, commercial leasing disputes, debt collection, and medical negligence actions.

John has also appeared before many boards and tribunals, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, and the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal.

Professional achievements & leadership

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Litigation - Commercial Insurance, 2015, 2017-2021; Litigation - Corporate Commercial, 2017-2023
  • Adjunct Professor and Tutorial Instructor in Advocacy, University of Western Ontario Law School

Corporate directorships

  • Director, London Downtown Business Development Association

Professional memberships

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Middlesex Law Association
  • Member, Advocates Society
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario

Bar admissions & education

  • Ontario, 1998
  • LL.B., Western University, 1996
  • B.Math, University of Waterloo, 1988