About John Mcleish

John’s areas of expertise include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, serious orthopaedic injuries, and fatal accidents arising from, motor vehicle collisions, drunk driving, the excessive serving of alcohol by bars and restaurants, unsafe road and highways, pedestrian accidents, cycling accidents, boating accidents, and school negligence cases.

John was chosen by peers as Toronto’s 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada. He is chosen by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.   He is a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  John has recovered the largest personal injury damages award in Canada – an $18.4 million award for a young brain injured girl and her family against a negligent driver, an insurance company and the Ministry of Transportation.

In 2000, the Ontario Trial Lawyers established the  John A. McLeish Award which is awarded to a person, association or group which has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice, as an advocate, in legal scholarship, continuing legal education, legal writing, journalism, politics or government.

John is the co-author of four published books on personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance law. Chapters in the book discuss how to properly develop and build a winning case, together with successful settlement techniques, successful mediation techniques, and successful trial techniques.   One of the books deals exclusively with traumatic brain injuries.

In John’s spare time, he likes to work-out, downhill ski, and play golf. He also takes a keen interest in protecting and preserving the environment.


  • Dalhousie University, Faculty of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics)

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario