Jon Laxer


Jon’s varied litigation practice includes constitutional challenges, judicial reviews, class proceedings, jury trials, and criminal matters.

Jon has represented clients across Canada, in all levels of court. He was counsel in several ground-breaking cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, including matters pertaining to the division of powers, expert evidence, freedom of expression, multijurisdictional class proceedings, amongst others.

Jon began his career clerking for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. After that, he worked for several years at a litigation boutique in Toronto.

Jon practises law in both English and French. He has conducted cross-examinations and made submissions in both languages. He is also conversant in Spanish.

In his spare time, Jon enjoys baking bread and is working to improve his piano skills.

Law Societies

Ontario 2011


J.D. with honours (University of Toronto – 2010)

B.A. History, minor in Economics with first class honours (McGill University – 2006)

Publications and conference presentations
  • “The Constitutionality of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Youth” (2013-2014), 60 Criminal Law Quarterly iii

  • Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon LLP v Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, 2016 SCC 30 (test for jurisdiction in Canada-wide class proceedings)

  • Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc et al, 2016 CanLII 7602 (SCC) (freedom of expression, third-party injunctions)

  • White Burgess Langille Inman v Abbott and Haliburton Co., 2015 SCC 23 (expert evidence, bias)

  • Filson v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SKCA 80 (class certification regarding changes to the Canada Wheat Board)

  • 407 ETR Concession Co v Canada (Superintendent of Bankruptcy), 2015 SCC 52 (federal authority in bankruptcy, division of powers)

  • Warren v Ontario Labour Relations Board, 2015 ONSC 7273 (judicial review of a decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board)

  • Asrat v 1438305 Ontario Inc, 2015 ONSC 4208 (late delivery of a jury notice)

  • Trillium Motor World Ltd v General Motors of Canada Limited, 2015 ONSC 3824 (class action, professional obligations of lawyers)

  • Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 (the duty of good faith in contracts)

  • Union Carbide Canada Inc v Bombardier Inc, 2014 SCC 35 (settlement privilege)

  • R v Stoll, 2014 ONSC 5242 (manslaughter, drinking and driving)

  • Fontaine v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONSC 4585 (privacy guarantees in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement)

  • Ciavarella v Schwartz, 2014 ONSC 6231 (professional liability, motions to strike pleadings)

  • HSBC Bank Canada v Fuss, 2013 ABCA 235 (contracts, fraud)

  • Pope Estate v Pope Estate, 2013 ONCA 611 (wills, estates)

  • Bhasin v Hrynew, 2013 ABCA 180 (security for costs on appeal)

  • The State Group Inc v Quebecor World Inc and 4307046 Canada Inc, 2013 CanLII 19660 (ONSC) (construction liens)

  • Graat v Adibfar, 2013 ONSC 1690 (medical jury trial)

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario v Beitel, 2013 ONSC 1599 (professional regulation, presumption of innocence)

  • Leung v Shanks, 2013 ONSC 4943 (fiduciary duties owed in the context of an alleged extra-marital affair)

  • Nuvius Bankcard Services v Dowty, 2012 ONSC 4835 (libel, defamation, separate hearing on one or more issues in the proceeding)

  • ECL Carriers GP Inc v City of Toronto, 2012 ONSC 3122 (law of tenders)

  • Li Preti v Compliance Audit Committee of the City of Toronto, 2012 ONSC 4149 (municipal rules for disclosure, motion to adduce fresh evidence)

  • Montgomery v Seiden, 2012 ONSC 6235 (motions to strike, allegations of bad faith)

Before Power Law
  • As a law student, Jon spent a summer working  in the New York and Paris offices of a litigation boutique.

  • Determined to learn a foreign language, Jon lived in South America for six months, studying Spanish in Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Medellín.

  • During his legal studies, Jon was heavily involved in university debating, and won the national championships in both English (2009) and French (2008), as well as the North American debating championship (2008).

  • Jon also received several awards for high academic achievement including the Fasken Martineau Academic Achievement Award, the Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg Prize for Contracts and the Blakes Scholarship.