Jason is an associate practising in commercial and class action litigation, with an emphasis on business-related actions.
Jason has experience at all stages of civil litigation, including at trial and appellate levels (with reported decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Ontario). He has advised individuals, public and private companies, societies and municipal and regulatory bodies on a broad range of issues/matters, including contract and commercial disputes, negligence cases, directors' and officers' liability, fraud and misrepresentation cases, administrative law issues, insurance issues and regulatory compliance matters.
Jason has particular experience on multi-party settlement agreements (including "Pierringer" agreements), abuse of process cases and privilege issues. His practice also includes energy and health law matters.
Prior to joining REO LLP, Jason summered and articled at a large full-service law firm in Toronto, and summered at the Ontario Securities Commission (General Counsel's Office).
Following a Judicial Inquiry, Jason and David O'Connor acted for a City on multiple actions against individuals, a former public company, auditing firm, bond rating service and insurance companies pertaining to the financing of a sports recreation facility (2005-2012). Jason and REO LLP were successful in resisting complex motions brought to dismiss the cases (involving novel issues as identified by the Court of Appeal for Ontario). A multi-million dollar settlement in favour of the City was entered into before trial.
Jason and a senior partner were entirely successful at trial in defending breach of contract claims against a leading computer financing company, and in obtaining judgment on their client’s counterclaim. I.M.P. Group Ltd. v. Compaq Financial,  O.J. No. 2994 (S.C.J.).
Jason was part of the class counsel team for the settlement approval hearing in McCarthy v. Canadian Red Cross Society that resulted in a $1,000,000,000 settlement for claimants (Hepatitis C blood-tainting class action). Jason has experience on other class action and certification issues, including on unpaid overtime and systemic negligence cases.
On health law matters, Jason was successful in obtaining intervenor status for a client on a blood donor screening case: Canadian Blood Services v. Freeman,  O.J. No. 4519 (S.C.J.). Jason also acted for claimants in a case regarding the availability of autism therapy in Ontario, and has experience on pharmaceutical class action issues.
Jason has co-authored articles and materials published in the National Journal of Constitutional Law and for Law Society of Upper Canada seminars (trial/evidence issues).
Class Action Litigation