John W. Makins B.A., LL.B.

John was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1973 and practiced exclusively as a civil litigator, being certified as a specialist in civil litigation from 1991.

During his forty plus years in practice, he has represented Plaintiffs, Defendants and Insurers at all levels of Court in Ontario in cases involving personal injury, professional liability, environmental claims and insurance disputes.

John has a special interest in medical malpractice cases and has represented numerous Plaintiffs in cases involving their medical providers, including doctors, dentists, nurses and hospitals.

During the course of his practice, John was involved in numerous mediations as counsel and started to mediate cases as a mediator in 2011. He joined the YorkStreet panel in early 2015. As a mediator, John has settled over 70% of his cases.

He is a member of the Advocates Society and Middlesex Law Association. He has been asked to lecture for the Law Society, Advocates Society and University of Western Ontario Law School. John was formerly a Practice Reviewer in the Practice Review Program for the Law Society of Upper Canada.

John graduated with his B.A. in 1968 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and with his LL.B from the University of Western Ontario in 1971.

He is currently a part-time counsel to Cohen Highley LLP in London, Ontario.

“I will bring my years of experience, both trying and settling cases, to the mediation process to assist parties in resolving difficult and complex disputes”