John F. C. Hammond
Managing Director and President
I have practiced law for over 25 years and yet still delight at arriving at the office each day.
Each client’s file is a puzzle which demands the best and most efficient solution and, over the years, the puzzles have grown increasingly complex and demanding. But I am extremely good at solving them (this is no time for false modesty) and I have assembled a team of lawyers who, under my stern and unwavering gaze, develop and implement legal solutions with an intelligence and industry which has earned the firm a reputation for excellence in which they all share.
I am a member of various boards, organizations and committees which could carry on just as well without me.
I actually enjoy drafting agreements and contracts – there are few that can make this claim, by the way. Some matters have involved over a billion dollars (still a large sum of money). I have directed the firm in cases which have been determined (successfully) before the Supreme Court of Canada involving industrial espionage, legislative interpretation, and hundreds of millions of dollars. I have also triumphed in the smallest of Small Claims courts. Each result brings its own satisfaction.
I am often called to speak or present papers on various topics. Quite often, it’s about topics I know a great deal about, including information technology, electronic commerce, scientific research tax credits, international banking and financing, asset and share purchases, real estate, taxation and bills of exchange.
When I return home, I play chess and the piano. I refuse to engage in any recreation which is accomplished standing. This includes golf.
Areas of Practice
- Corporate Law
- Commercial Law
- Business Law
- Commercial Real Estate
- Commercial Contracts
- Computer Law
- Franchises and Franchising
- Intellectual Property
- Ontario, 1989
- Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Hamilton Law Association, Member