John Melia is a partner in BLG’s Ottawa office. John is recognised as a leading construction and commercial litigator and is the Regional Leader of the BLG Ottawa Construction Group.
John has been acknowledged by his peers as an outstanding mentor and is a committed Associate Professor of Civil Procedure at the University of Ottawa, Common Law Section.
John has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Federal Court Trial Division and several administrative tribunals. John is committed to alternative dispute resolution and has extensive experience in the handling of arbitrations and mediations.
John frequently provides construction management and dispute resolution advice during the course of construction. His varied construction practice also includes litigating lien, trust, delay, deficiency and warranty claims. John also handles labour and material payment bond, performance bond and bid bond disputes. John also regularly defends engineers in professional negligence disputes and in proceedings before the Professional Engineers Ontario disciplinary panel.
John is experienced in handling all manners of commercial disputes including shareholder and oppression litigation, real property and development disputes, commercial leasing disputes, banking and insolvency litigation, civil fraud and debtor/creditors disputes. His practice includes enforcing or defending the rights of parties to various domestic and international commercial agreements including agreements of purchase and sale, guarantees, indemnities, leases, conditional sales contracts, mortgages and warranties.
Sovereign and Diplomatic Immunity
John acts for several foreign Embassies operating in Canada. He is widely regarded as a leading practitioner in advancing state and diplomatic immunity defences and has acted as lead counsel in precedent setting diplomatic and state immunity cases before the Ontario courts.