The Honourable John Evans is Goldblatt Partners’ public law counsel. He provides advice to the firm and our clients on public law matters, including judicial review and appeals of administrative action by tribunals, Ministers and other decision makers under various statutory programs at both the federal and provincial levels of government, and on tribunal procedures.
John is a former judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, where he served from 1999 to 2013. His judicial career began in 1998, when he was appointed to the Federal Court. As a judge, he wrote opinions on judicial review of federal administrative action in areas such as: labour law and human rights law (including pay equity); regulatory law; immigration and refugee law, and employment insurance and long term disability, as well as on aboriginal law, intellectual property law, and tax.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, John taught law at the London School of Economics and later became a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He was a member of the Osgoode faculty for twenty three years and taught, among other things, administrative law, immigration law and trust law. John also advised administrative tribunals, regulatory bodies, governments, and law firms on a wide range of public law issues.
John is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts in administrative law, and has co-authored and edited some of the leading administrative law texts, including Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Canada, the 4th edition of de Smith’s Judicial Review of Administrative Action and the book that generations of law students have studied, Administrative Law: Text, Cases and Materials. He has also written numerous articles on public law issues and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.
John is a recipient of the Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing, and the Medal of the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals for contributions to administrative justice in Canada.