John was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974 having graduated from the University of Windsor. His practice is restricted to the areas of civil litigation and family law where he has appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is recognized by his peers for his in-depth knowledge of the field of costs. John practices law as a sole practitioner in association with the law firm of Tierney Stauffer LLP, working out of the Ottawa office.
He has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course in the areas of civil litigation, debtor-creditor and family law and has delivered numerous papers to legal seminars in the area of costs. He was the co-chairman of the County of Carleton Law Association Family Law Institute from 1991 to 1996. He was a member of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Committee on Costs and the Civil Rules Subcommittee on Costs.
He was a principal participant in the development of guidelines for legal costs in Ottawa and throughout Eastern Ontario and was a member of the Advocates` Society Task Force on Court reform. He was a co-developer of the Chart on Costs and costs outline scheme which formed a major component of former Rule 57 of the Rules of Civil Procedure as well as Form 57B which still exists and is used on all motions and trials for costs submissions.
He is also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Family Law Pilot Project in Ottawa a Committee to bring Court Reform to Family Law Proceedings in Ottawa, and introduced case management to Family Law in Ottawa.
John was awarded the Carleton Medal by the County of Carleton Law Association in recognition of his significant contribution to the profession of law.