John is a partner in our corporate and commercial department. He practices business law with a specific focus on franchising, licensing, intellectual property, and commercial disputes and is trusted counsel to clients across a broad range of industries including automotive, grocery, hotel, real estate, and restaurant. John possesses extensive knowledge pertaining to intellectual property issues, including the procurement, licensing, and assignment of trademarks.
Advising both domestic and international clients, John has significant experience on franchise and master franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents, regulatory compliance, and franchise transactions that include workouts and the purchases and sales of franchise networks. His expertise includes all matters related to franchise advisory boards and franchisee associations. He also regularly provides advice on franchise defaults, enforcements, and terminations.
John is recognized in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “repeatedly recommended” (2013-2016) as well as in Who’s Who Legal: Canada (2013-2017) as a leading Canadian franchise law practitioner. He is a regular speaker and contributor to industry and professional conferences and publications including the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Franchise Association, and the International Franchise Association.
Assistant: Sandra Deek
t: 416.977.5333 x 328
Juris Doctor (J.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, 1997
Masters of International and Comparative Law (Magna Cum Laude), Stockholm University, 2000
Registered Trade Mark Agent
- Listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “repeatedly recommended” (2013-2016)
- Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada (2013-2017) as a leading Canadian franchise law practitioner
- Consistently listed in Best Lawyers in Canada
- Named “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times magazine, 2013-2017, Top Franchise Lawyers in North America
Publications and Seminars
- Regularly contributes to industry and professional publications including the Canadian Franchise Association and the Ontario Bar Association
- Regular presenter at conferences for such organizations as the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Franchise Association, and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade for the Government of Ontario.
Articles and Appearances
- Franchise Advisory Councils, Canadian Business Franchise (March / April 2017).
- The Devil is in the Details: what you need to know about your Franchise Agreement Sotos LLP Blog (September 2016)
- Should franchisors create a franchisee advisory council? Sotos LLP Blog (May 2016)
- Speaker at 15th Annual Franchise Law Conference, (Nov 17, 2015)
- My franchisee rescinded its franchise agreement: What to look for in reviewing the franchisee’s calculation of damages, The Franchise Voice (Fall 2015)
- Speaker – Buying and Selling a Business, Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association (June 2015)
- Speaker – Franchising Law for Commercial Leasing Professionals, ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centre: Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto (April 2015)
- Compiled the Legal Digest (a review of important cases and other developments in franchise law) in the Winter 2015 edition of The Franchise Voice. Download
- Investigations Beyond the Disclosure Document, Canadian Business Franchise (September 2014)
- Speaker – Dealing with Issues in Franchise Renewals, IFA Convention 2014, New Orleans (February 22-25, 2014)
- Speaker – Material Changes, Ontario Bar Association 13th Annual Franchise Law Conference (19 November 2013)
- Subleases and Additional Disclosure: What happens if I have signed a franchise agreement but haven’t yet found a location?, FranchiseCanada (May|June 2013)
- Speaker – “Key Issues When Representing a Small Franchisee”, Ontario Bar Association 3rd Annual Business Law Summit, Toronto, May 15, 2013
- What Happens Next? Dealing with Statements of Material Change and Additional Disclosure, The Franchise Voice, (Winter 2013)
- Speaker – “Hot Topics in Rescission”, Ontario Bar Association 12th Annual Franchise Law Conference: For Better or For Worse: Franchise Relationships over the Long Term, Toronto, November 6, 2012
- Getting comfortable with disclosure: What Franchisors should know about “Material Facts”, The Franchise Voice, (Spring 2012)
- How do I renew my franchise agreement?, FranchiseCanada (May|June 2012)
- Trademark update: What you need to know about your trademarks, In the know (Winter 2012)
- Disclosure documents and franchise resales: what franchisors should know, In the Know (Fall 2011)
- What are Franchisee Advisory Councils and Franchisee Associations?, FranchiseCanada (July|August 2011)
- Confusing Renewal Clauses and the Duty of Fair Dealing – Ontario Court of Appeal Addresses Both, In the Know (Winter 2011)
- “Material Changes” to a Disclosure Document – What do they mean?, In the Know (Winter 2011)
- Franchise Renewals: Issues Surrounding the Franchisor’s Right to Accept a Franchisee’s Exercise of a Renewal Option, Ontario Bar Association 10th Annual Franchise Law Conference (November 2010)
- What every Franchisor should know about Franchisee Advisory Councils and Franchisee Associations – Part 2, In the know (Spring 2009)
- What every Franchisor should know about Franchisee Advisory Councils and Franchisee Associations – Part 1, In the know (Winter 2009)
- Disclosure Document Refresher – What is this document anyways?, In the know (Fall 2008)
May 10, 2017
Lexpert Ranks Sotos as Top Franchise Law Boutique
April 11, 2017
The Franchise Times Legal Eagles 2017 saw the Sotos LLP team soar to the top again this year as Canada’s largest and most experienced franchise law group.
September 19, 2016
The Devil is in the Details: what you need to know about your Franchise Agreement
June 30, 2016
Lexpert names Sotos LLP as top boutique firm for franchising law. Seven lawyers listed in Lexpert.
April 6, 2016
Sotos LLP once again tops Franchise Times Legal Eagles