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John has practiced law in Ottawa since 1978, primarily as a civil litigator and trial counsel. John has conducted a great many civil trials throughout Eastern Ontario and has appeared many times in the Ontario’s appellate courts. He has presented at the prestigious Canadian Institute in Toronto and twice at the Civil Litigation Conference conducted by the County of Carleton Law Association. He has taught the intensive Trial Advocacy Course at the University of Ottawa's Common Law Program since January 2012. John is responsible for the mentoring and advocacy training programs at McBride Bond Christian.
In 2009, John created the innovative Advocacy Club, which teaches advocacy skills to and fosters collegiality among junior litigators. In April 2014, he completed the 10th semi-annual session of the Club, this time with 8 lawyers and articling students from several different firms. These introductory sessions span 9 weeks and introduce young litigators to essential questioning skills from interview to cross-examination. As part of the Advocacy Club, John presents more advanced sessions that train junior lawyers to deal with discovery, mediation, case analysis, use of themes, tactical cross-examination, expert witnesses and negotiation. Club graduates now participate in the presentation of the sessions to their colleagues. There are approximately 70 active members of the Advocacy Club practicing in Ottawa.
John began teaching the Trial Advocacy in 2013. He adds Studies in Oral Advocacy – the Personal Injury Case in the fall term, 2014.
John’s law firm biography can be found at: www.mbclaw.ca/en/john-hollander.html
The Advocacy Club website is: www.advocacyclub.ca