Jonathan Laxer
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Building on his litigation experience in Canada and internationally, Jon is particularly interested in constitutional challenges and public law.

Jon draws on his wide-ranging experience in litigation in Canada and at the international level. He has appeared before all levels of court and before administrative tribunals in a broad array of cases, including constitutional challenges, Aboriginal law matters, contractual disputes, class actions and international prosecutions for genocide and terrorism.

Jon has extensive appellate experience. He has acted as appeals counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in multiple cases, including acting as lead counsel in a successful appeal concerning the role of expert evidence. He has also acted before courts of appeal across Canada and at the international level before tribunals established by the United Nations.

Prior to joining Power Law, Jon prosecuted international crimes in The Hague.  He also worked as trial counsel at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, acting in dozens of trials and Charter applications. At the start of his legal career, Jon clerked for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Jon practices law in English and French. He is also conversant in Spanish.

Law Societies

  • Ontario


  • J.D. (University of Toronto - 2010)
  • B.A. (McGill University - 2006)
  • Prosecutor v Merhi and Oneissi, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Appeal Judgment under reserve

  • White Burgess Langille Inman v Abbott and Haliburton Co., 2015 SCC 23

  • Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71

  • 407 ETR Concession Co. v Canada (Superintendent of Bankruptcy), 2015 SCC 52

  • Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon LLP v Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, 2016 SCC 30

  • Union Carbide Canada Inc. v Bombardier Inc., 2014 SCC 35

  • Fontaine v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONSC 4585

  • Trillium Motor World Ltd. v General Motors of Canada Limited, 2015 ONSC 3824

  • Filson v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SKCA 80

  • HSBC Bank Canada v Fuss, 2013 ABCA 235

  • Pope Estate v Pope Estate, 2013 ONCA 611

  • Warren v Ontario Labour Relations Board, 2015 ONSC 7273

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