THE HONOURABLE JOHN D. GROUND, Q.C.2019-04-21T18:55:06-04:00


John D. Ground, Q.C.


 Retired Judge, Superior Court of Justice – Ontario

Jack Ground is an arbitrator and mediator with Amicus Chambers.  His focus is on commercial and corporate matters.

He was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court in 1991 where he spent half his time presiding over cases on the Commercial List and for some time was supervising judge of the Commercial List.  His move to the Bench came after more than 30 years with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he practiced corporate and commercial law and served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Ground was a Bencher of The Law Society of Upper Canada from 1975 to 1991 and served as Chair of the Finance Committee, Legal Education Committee, Professional Conduct Committee and Admissions Committee and was President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.  He is currently a Life Bencher.  He was on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario and a member of the Canadian Bar Association National Council.  From 1989 to 1994, he was a Member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission Advisory Board, and was a member of the Commodity Futures Advisory Board of the Ontario Securities Commission from 1979 to 1983.  He is a member of the Enforcement Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.

He was called to the Ontario Bar with Honours in 1959 after completing his LL.B at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and B.A. (Honours) in Political Science at the U. of T.  He was a Group Instructor with the Bar Admission Course in the Corporate and Commercial Law Section from 1963 to 1968 and head of the Section from 1969 to 1975.  He also  lectured in Corporate Finance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 1969 to 1973.  Jack has taken the Harvard Negotiation Project through the Advocates’ Society and has received additional mediation training from the National Judicial Institute and the Stitt Feld Handy Group, a division of ADR Chambers.

Mr. Ground operates out of the Toronto office of Amicus Chambers.

Home City: Toronto, Ontario
Mr. Ground is willing to do limited travel
Services: Arbitration
Neutral Evaluation
Private Appeal
Fairness Monitoring
Claims Officer
Commercial Contracts and Business Transactions
Corporate Finance
Corporate Re-organizations
Partnership Disputes
Franchise Disputes
Employment Wrongful/Constructive Dismissals
Employee Benefits and Pensions
Insurance Business Insurance
Professional Liability
Miscellaneous Estate & Wills
Intellectual Property
Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure
Real Estate General Real Estate Transactions

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