John F. McGarry’s professional career spans over 40 years. A lawyer for 20 years, his practice included acting as an assistant Crown attorney and Federal prosecutor, thereafter corporate and commercial law, international acquisitions, bankruptcy, construction and contract law.
As a Superior Court Justice, he tried cases in all areas of the law over a 22-year span. In addition, he was seconded to the National Judicial Institute by the Chief Justice of Canada as the co-chair of the Social Content Initiative from 1996 to 2000.
As a supernumerary justice, he developed a judicial mediation methodology, which led to the resolution of complex cases. This initiative was the subject of an article in the Canadian Lawyer entitled, “On the Right Track”.
In 2012, he was appointed the Director of Justice Reform for Jamaica.
Since 2013, he has mediated cases in the following categories:
- Professional Negligence
- Employment Law
- Insurance Litigation
- Corporate Disputes
- Commercial Disputes
- Sexual Assault Claims
He has been retained to arbitrate cases involving corporate shareholder disputes, lease interpretations, share evaluations, construction lien and other corporate matters.
He has been invited to be a lecturer on dispute resolution on numerous occasions including Western Law School, Ottawa Law School, Middlesex Law Society and the National Judicial Institute.