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John A.M. Judge

John A.M. Judge

Arbitration Place
Resident Arbitrator
Toronto, ON, CAN

In January 2013, John Judge launched his independent practice as a Resident Arbitrator at Arbitration Place in Toronto, specializing in international arbitration. Prior to that, he enjoyed 35 years of counsel practice as a senior partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. 

Mr. Judge has over ten years of experience in international commercial arbitration as counsel and as arbitrator. He has sat as an arbitrator and as chair on substantial international arbitrations through the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (the international arm of the American Arbitration Association), as well as ad hoc arbitrations.

He has appeared as counsel before trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and also before administrative and arbitral tribunals. He is well versed in all forms of injunctions and pre-emptive interim remedies. As many of his cases have involved international issues, he is adept in coordinating cross-border disputes and effectively dealing with jurisdictional issues. His experience includes shareholder and partnership disputes, corporate and commercial transactions, banking, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance claims, and civil fraud investigations and claims. He has handled a wide variety of technology disputes related to outsourcing, software development, licensing, software implementation and Internet and domain name issues. He has a broad background in real estate and complex construction project disputes, product liability and professional negligence claims.

Peer Recognition

His expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally:
  • Chambers and Partners, 2012 and 2013, ranked in Canada for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band One)
  • International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration 2012
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 as a leading practitioner most frequently recommended in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 for Arbitration as well as for Commercial Litigation and also  Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2012 and 2013) for International Arbitration
  • The 2012 PLC Which Lawyer? for Dispute Resolution
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 for Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration

Mr. Judge is AV® Peer Review Rated according to Martindale-Hubbell (Very High to Pre-eminent), its highest level of professional ranking.

Industry Experience

Mining, Oil and Gas, Energy - disputes involving mining properties (gold, copper, iron ore), mining and milling operations and off take agreements, commercial investment and joint venture agreements involving major and junior mining companies regarding substantial mining projects in Canada, the United States, Latin and South America, Africa and Australia.  Commercial oil and gas disputes involving joint ventures and other commercial agreements including supply, pricing and swap agreements, leases, well operating, facility processing and transportation agreements. Also disputes in relation to power purchase agreements within co-generation projects.

Construction, Engineering, Infrastructure, Real Estate - a wide variety of construction and engineering disputes in relation to complex industrial plants including sophisticated cogeneration and hydro-electric facilities, nuclear facilities, mines and gold milling plants, iron ore mills, paper mills and air separation plants, as well as design and construction of commercial, government and residential buildings and complexes.  Project finance disputes in relation to power generation facilities and real estate development. Acted in a wide variety of real estate development disputes, including joint ventures and partnership, financing and contractor disputes, leasing disputes including rent rates.

Technology and Telecommunications - disputes in relation to software development, licensing, and enterprise implementation; outsourcing; business disputes involving technology and telecommunication companies, shareholders, joint ventures, partnerships, strategic alliances as well as matters relating to privacy, confidentiality, licensing and commercialization of IP, electronic commerce and the internet. 

Insurance and Reinsurance - commercial insurance disputes (including property, D&O, energy, professional liability, product liability, environmental) and general coverage disputes. Also acted in reinsurance and brokerage disputes.

Banking, Investment, M&A - a wide variety of banking, finance and private equity disputes in sophisticated transactions; disputes arising from mergers and acquisition; corporate, shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes.

Transportation - disputes involving airplane leases, cargo losses with carriers by air, truck and ship, maritime accidents; engineering, design and manufacture of rail and subway cars.

Professional Activities

As an arbitrator, Mr. Judge is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); member of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); past Vice-President of its North American Users Council(2007-2013); ICC Canada, member of the Executive; member of the Institute for Trans-National Arbitration, Dallas (Advisory Board Member) and member of the Canadian Panel of Arbitrators for the International Chamber of Commerce; Panel Member for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (international arm of the AAA); Panel Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He is a founding member of the Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto and the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and has become a member by invitation of the London International Arbitration Club. He is also a founding Member of Arbitration Place in Toronto.

Mr. Judge is a member of The Advocates' Society (past director 1987-89, 1992); Canadian Bar Association; American Bar Association; International Bar Association; International Technology Law Association and Canadian Information and Technology Law Association. He is a director and past president (2006-2007) of The Sopinka Cup Society, sponsor of the Canadian National Trial Advocacy Moot Competition for law schools; past instructor at the annual Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Toronto.

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