As a senior litigator in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office, John Field deals with litigation of all aspects of the employment relationship. In his practice, he has acted as counsel at all levels of court including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. Over his career, John has developed significant expertise in class action defence and wrongful dismissal litigation. He has experience in injunction proceedings, Anton Piller orders and intellectual property matters.
In class action litigation, John has acted as lead defence counsel in numerous high-profile cases, defending employers in proceedings involving wrongful dismissal claims, constructive dismissal claims, overtime claims, pension benefits and pension surplus claims, retiree benefit claims, employee retention bonus claims, employee health claims and student claims.
John is a regular speaker on various employment issues and has presented papers at numerous employer conferences.
John played professional hockey for Vasteras in Sweden in 1980–1981 and continues to play hockey in Toronto with his son who is also a lawyer.
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Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2006–2022)
Labour and Employment Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation
The Legal 500 Canada (2015, 2017–2018)
Labour and Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2007–2021)
Employment Law (Repeatedly Recommended)
Memberships & Affiliations
Victoria University, University of Toronto – Past Chairman of the Board of Regents
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, and Labour & Employment Law sections)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Dayco Twenty-Five Years on and its Impact on Retiree Benefits: Practical Issues for Today” The Canadian Bar Association (March 26, 2019)
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
University of Toronto, B.A.