J.A. Prestage
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2955

J.A. is Practice Group Leader of the Research group. He assists clients and other lawyers in the Firm in researching and analyzing challenging legal issues in order to provide practical, timely and cost-effective opinions and advice. He also assists in preparing legal arguments for significant litigation, including class proceedings. A significant portion of J.A.'s practice involves issues relating to the law of trusts.

For 15 years prior to his current position, J.A. carried on a wide-ranging litigation practice at Blakes. He has appeared before both trial and appellate courts in Ontario and Saskatchewan, before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before many administrative tribunals.

J.A. continues to litigate disputes in respect of pension plans and pension surpluses, and has acted as counsel for plan sponsors or fund custodians in several pension- and trust-related class actions.


J.A. has litigated some of the leading cases in Ontario relating to pension and trust matters including:

  • MacDougall v Ontario Northland Transportation Commission in which attempts to certify a significant pension class action was defeated.
  • Aegon Canada Inc. v. ING Canada Inc to successfully enforce indemnity under pension related representations and warranties in a Share Purchase Agreement.
  • Lennon v. Superintendent of Financial Services to successfully defend challenge by plan members to asset transfer between pension plans.
  • Martin v. Barrett et al., to defend class action against plan custodian related to underfunding of a multi-employer pension plan.
  • McMaster University v. Robb, Reichhold Limited v. Wong Reichhold Limited v. Boyer Paramount Pictures (Canada) Inc. v Dillon to obtain court approval of surplus distributions to plan sponsors.

J.A. is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 in the area of employee benefits law.