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The Honourable John C. Murray

John C. Murray opened his practice as a full-time arbitrator and mediator in January 2015. Prior to opening his mediation/arbitration practice, John was a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario in the Central West Region for ten years. As a trial judge, he regularly dealt with criminal, family and a wide variety of civil matters, and sat on the Ontario Divisional Court hearing appeals and applications for judicial review.

Before his appointment to the Superior Court, John was a founding partner, managing partner and Chair of the Toronto firm Genest Murray, and was Vice-Chair, partner and a member of the Executive Committee of Heenan Blaikie. As a practitioner, he regularly provided strategic, legal and management advice to major private and public sector corporations, with a particular focus on civil and constitutional litigation, administrative law, education law and labour and employment law. Both as a lawyer and as a judge, John has been an advocate of early and efficient dispute resolution, and acted as counsel in numerous significant disputes that were resolved in mediation including the restructuring of Air Canada and the reorganization of Ontario Hydro. Prior to his appointment to the bench, John regularly acted as an arbitrator and was a pioneer in establishing ADR services in Toronto. As a judge, he conducted many case conferences and judicial mediations that resulted in resolution of litigation and also acted as a mediator in numerous disputes outside the Central West Region including the mediation of class actions.

John is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Bar Association and former Director of the Advocates Society. At the time of his appointment, he was an Editor of the Canada Labour and Employment Law Journal. He has lectured at various faculties of law and at continuing legal education conferences for judges and lawyers with emphasis on advocacy, administrative law, labour law and dispute resolution. On February 17, 2015, the Government of Ontario announced the appointment of the Honourable John C. Murray and C. Michael Mitchell as Special Advisors to lead consultations on how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended.

John holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar and admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1971.

Tel: (905) 838-5756
Email: jcmurray.jcm@gmail.com