In his role as Managing Partner, John is responsible for guiding Pallett Valo’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. 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.

With a broad and diverse commercial litigation practice, John 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. He regularly appears before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

His clients range from mid-size and large companies across various industry sectors, financial institutions, religious and charitable organizations. The Mississauga News featured his involvement in advising clients on expropriation matters relating to the Hurontario LRT.

Actively involved in his community, John has worked closely with local government and community agencies who received funding from the United Way of Peel Region during his tenure as member of the board and chair of that organization.


B.A., University of Toronto (1992)
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Michigan) (1996)
Osgoode Hall Law School (NCA) (1997)

Called to the Ontario Bar, 1999
Called to the New York State Bar, 1998

Called to the New Jersey State Bar, 1997

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

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