John Blair

John Blair QC

Partner

Executive Summary

John Blair is the National Group Head for Commercial Litigation​. His practice focuses on securities class actions, shareholder disputes, takeover bid defences, securities regulatory hearings, corporate investigations, plans of arrangement and cross-border civil and regulatory matters. He successfully represents clients in investigations and enforcement actions before the Alberta Securities Commission, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Mutual Fund Dealers Association and listed stock exchanges regarding insider trading, market manipulation, securities distributions, financial disclosure, investment suitability and director conduct. He has conducted many Queen’s Bench trials and appears regularly before the Alberta and Federal Courts of Appeal.

Representative Work

  • Regularly advises boards of directors, committees and offices on responding to regulatory issues, takeovers and other corporate events.
  • Served as counsel on innumerable civil commercial litigation matters regarding securities fraud, white-collar crime, shareholder disputes, directors’ liability, oppression, real estate disputes, corporate restructurings and employment issues.
  • Conducted numerous Queen’s Bench Trials and Court of Appeal matters.
  • Numerous class actions on real estate investment issues.
  • Secured dismissals of charges in various ASC enforcement actions for misrepresentations, market manipulation, insider trading, contravention of public interest re financial statements.
  • Has prosecuted cases in Federal Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal on tax and intellectual property issues.

Publications & Presentations

Testimonials & Rankings

Testimonials

“As any client would, I requested their best litigator. I had no idea how good John would be.”

“ ... there is value in his service — and 'the client comes first' is always his motto.”

“He foresees litigation paths from both the plaintiff and defendant position and prepares to argue with respect to each path on behalf of the particular client.”

“Mr. Blair is a very knowledgeable and deeply respected member of the firm and the securities litigation community generally.”

Lexology Client Choice Award independent research

Rankings

  • ​​Recognized in the 2017 and​ 2016 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).​​
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution​​).​
  • Recognized by the 2016 Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Litigation​ category in Alberta.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation). Also recognized in 2015 and 2014 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • ​Recognized in the 2016 edition of Lega​l 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).
  • Recognized by the 2015 Lexology Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Litigation category in Alberta.
  • Recognized in the 2015 and 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star — Alberta" and a "Litigation Star: Arbitration, Class Action, General Commercial and Securities."
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation — Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation — Securities). Also recognized in 2014 and 2013 for Litigation – Securities.
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • ​Recognized as a leading Canadian cross-border litigator in the 2016 edition (and since 2013) of The Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigators.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Business Crime Defence).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.