John G. Webster

A Waterloo Region-based Gowling WLG partner, John Webster is a commercial litigator with 18 years of experience in corporate, commercial and insurance-related litigation. His clients appreciate how he guides them through the litigation process to a successful resolution using a strategic, timely and efficient approach, while remaining attuned to his clients' goals.

At Gowling WLG, we distinguish ourselves by taking a strategic, service-driven, team-based approach to the delivery of client service, and by demonstrating the utmost commitment to our clients’ success. John remains focused on these objectives.

John helps clients in a wide range of matters, including corporate, commercial, insurance, product liability, professional liability and defamation claims. The commercial matters he handles include shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, contract disputes and enforcement, oppression remedy claims, fraud claims and injunctions.

John is a recognized leader in professional liability defence, and is one of LawPRO’s "Preferred Counsel." John has years of experience and success with insurance defence litigation, such as class actions, product liability, motor vehicle and personal injury claims. He also pursues recovery for insurers by way of subrogation.

John gives back to his community and enjoys helping others. He is an executive with the Rotary Club of Kitchener, and has also been active in the minor hockey community, including volunteer work.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 1997

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1995

    • Education
      June 1995
      Queen's University, LLB
  • 1987

    • Education
      July 1987
      University of Waterloo, BA, Philosophy


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Waterloo Law Association
  • Associate editor of Williston and Rolls Court Forms, 2nd ed., loose-leaf service (Toronto: Butterworths Canada Ltd.) from 1999 to 2001
  • Co-Author, “Distinguishing Features of Manulife v. Conlin”, Credit and Banking Litigation 194, Vol. IV, No. 2, 1997
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in the Law of Guarantee”, LSUC conference, (Judgment Day – An Advanced Seminar on Guarantees: Drafting, Enforcing and Defending Claims, May 31, 1996)
  • Author, “The Proper Approach to Detection and Justification of Section 11(d) Charter Violations since Laba” , 39 C.R. (4th) 113, 1995