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John Russo

John Russo Managing Partner

John Russo is the firm’s Managing Partner. He is also a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice and the Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring Practice.


John has been with Pallett Valo since 1999 and joined the Partnership in 2008. In his current role as Managing Partner, John is responsible for guiding the firm’s Canadian and international strategies while championing the firm’s core beliefs and philosophy. Through his leadership, he strives to incorporate the firm’s values of Excellence, Integrity and Respect in everyday operations and believes that the firm’s success is measured through the success of our clients. John believes the best way to serve clients is to understand their industry and business environment and align them with the right expertise, experience and value.

John has a broad and diverse commercial litigation practice.  John regularly represents clients in complex business litigation disputes, real estate litigation, commercial tenancy disputes, defamation, product liability, expropriation, shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, creditor remedies, PPSA security disputes, asset recovery, enforcement of security and provincial offences and regulatory matters.  His clients range from mid-size and large companies across a number of industry sectors, financial institutions, religious and charitable organizations.

John believes in being actively involved in his community. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Peel Region from 2011-2017. During his time with the United Way of Peel Region, John was the Chair of the Board for 2015 and 2016.  In this role, he worked closely with local government and the community agencies who received funding from the United Way of Peel Region.

John was recently featured in the Mississauga News for his work in advising clients on expropriation matters relating to the Hurontario LRT.   He has also spoken publicly and presented to clients on numerous occasions about: “Managing Credit Risk In Your Business”, a topic that that has meaning and touches almost every business.

Additional Services

Arbitration, Asset Recovery, Commercial Disputes, Commercial & Residential Land Development, Contract Disputes, Creditor/Debtor Rights, Cross Border Services, Debt Collection, Discipline & Termination, Equipment Leasing, Expropriation, Franchising, Fraudulent Transactions, Injunctions, Injunctive Remedies, Landlord & Tenant, Mediation, Arbitration & Litigation of Disputes, Mortgage Remedies, Priority Disputes, Professional Negligence, Real Estate Litigation, Shareholder Disputes, Shareholder & Partnership Arrangements & Disputes, Wrongful Dismissal

Professional Memberships

Past Chair, Board of Directors for the United Way of Peel Region
Member, Peel Law Association
Member, Ontario Expropriation Association
Member, Canadian Finance & Leasing Association
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society


B.A., University of Toronto (1992)
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Michigan) (1996)
Called to the New Jersey State Bar, 1997
Called to the New York State Bar, 1998
Called to the Ontario Bar, 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • “Enforcing Judgements Quickly and Effectively” – Lumbermen’s & Mercantile Credit Bureau, June 2016
  • “The Impact of an Insolvent Landlord or Tenant” – The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 2012
  • “Credit Applications and Contracts” – 2008 Annual Lumbermen’s Credit Conference, January 2008
  • “Trial Preparation & Evidence Issues” – The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, June 2007
  • “Enforcing Judgements Quickly and Effectively” – Law Society of Upper Canada, March 2005


“What Should I look for in a Disclosure Document” – Franchise Canada Magazine, December 2008



Just heard about Pallett Valo being chosen as One of Ontario's Top Three Regional Firms. Congratulations – well deserved.
Peter Campbell, BDO Canada LLP