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.