John Hollander, RETIRED


John, who began practicing law in Ottawa in 1978, joined MBC Law’s predecessor firm in 2001 and retired effective December 31, 2021 with almost 43 years at the Ontario Bar.

Primarily a litigator, John has, throughout his distinguished career, conducted civil trials across Eastern Ontario with several appearances advocating before Ontario’s appellate courts.

He has spoken several times at the Civil Litigation Conference conducted by the County of Carleton Law Association. John has also taught the intensive Trial Advocacy Course at the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Program since January 2012.

In March 2019, John was the honoured recipient of the Carleton Medal in recognition of “great diligence, high ideals and outstanding leadership in the practice of law throughout [his] career.”

Through his innovative Advocacy Club, John trains junior lawyers and law students from firms and schools across the Ottawa region and now online across the province. Beyond fostering skills, leadership, and collegiality, participants in his “Boot Camp” sessions receive a comprehensive introduction to essential advocacy skillsets including interview and case analysis through to direct examinations, discovery and cross-examination.  As part of the Advocacy Club, John presents more advanced sessions including both substantive and professionalism content.

In 2016, John started the Chat with Lawyers podcast in which he interviews both senior litigators and emerging junior lawyers regarding advocacy techniques and professionalism issues. You can listen to his podcasts at

Since his retirement, John remains in close contact with MBC Law, mentoring lawyers and offering assistance in case analysis and strategy, especially in estate and financial loss matters.

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