John J. Wilson Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2017 - Ontario

Primary office:  Ottawa

John J. Wilson

John Wilson practices public law in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office — chiefly in the areas of Indigenous, administrative, and constitutional law.

As part of Gowling WLG’s Indigenous Law group, John has assisted First Nations in litigation involving modern and historic treaties, contested elections, membership eligibility, and the duty to consult. He has also assisted with the submission and negotiation of claims under the Specific Claims Policy.

In the administrative law space, John has assisted various clients, including First Nations, organizations, and individuals with the preparation of judicial review applications and appeals in the federal and Ontario courts.

John has also advised on division of powers and Charter issues, including freedom of association, equality rights, and rights to life, liberty and security of the person. He maintains an active interest in each of these areas, having published relevant work in the McGill Law Journal and the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Law bulletins.

John also assists clients with public policy matters, including compliance with federal, provincial, and municipal lobbying rules. 

Before joining Gowling WLG, John earned his Juris Doctorate at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he worked as a research assistant for two Osgoode professors on Indigenous and constitutional law issues. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Philosophy from Queen’s University where he sat on the Alma Mater Society’s Judicial Committee.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2016

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School. JD
    • Rankings & Awards
      Harold J. Rubenstein Prize in Civil Liberties, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      Queen’s Medal in Philosophy, Queen’s University
    • Education
      Queen's University, BA (Hons.)


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Articles & presentations

Gehl v Canada: Circumscribing the Role of Charter Values? John J. Wilson and Guy Régimbald, Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Law Section, 16 November 2017.

Morasse v Nadeau-Dubois: Does Contemptuous Expression Deserve Charter Protection? Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Law Section, 22 November 2016.

Interjurisdictional Information Sharing and National Security: A Constitutional and Legislative Analysis, Jacques J.M. Shore, Brian A. Crane, John J. Wilson, (2016) 62:1 McGill LJ 207.