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John Philpott


Contact Information

tel: 416-304-7011
fax: 416-362-8410

Bar Admission


Areas of Expertise

Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation


English, French

John Philpott is a partner in the firm’s civil and commercial litigation group. John has developed a broad litigation practice, with experience in extraordinary civil remedies, product liability, corporate governance, defamation, professional liability, administrative law, and employment law.

Before joining Brauti Thorning Zibarras, John articled and summered at a large Toronto-based national law firm. During his articles, John was seconded to the in-house team of a major energy company.

John obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. During law school, John completed an internship at a leading legal training and technical assistance institution in Kampala, Uganda. He was also involved in Pro Bono Students Canada (where he advised organizations seeking charitable status) and Downtown Legal Services (where he advocated on behalf individuals who could not afford counsel). Prior to law school, John lived abroad as an entrepreneur, co-founding a business which recruited qualified personnel to work as English teachers in East Asia. John has a B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University in political studies and an MSc from the London School of Economics in global politics. John was called to the Bar in 2011 and is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.


In the Media

  • Mar, 11, 2015

    Court creates separate standard for political blogosphere A recent case involving political bloggers raises the question of whether the law of defamation has a role to play in a context where less regard appears to be paid to facts and the truth, says Toronto civil litigator John Philpott.

    Philpott, an associate with Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP, says Baglow v. Smith, 2015 ONSC 1175 (CanLII) is one of the first cases in Canada where defamation allegations have arisen from the political blogosphere. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • March 3, 2014

    Court says judge can seek submissions on issue after ruling. A recent ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal confirms that a judge can seek further submissions on an undecided issue following his or her judgment without being considered ‘functus’, or barred from considering the case further, says Toronto civil litigation lawyer John Philpott. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • February 25, 2014

    Public's interest in privacy part of 'new balance'. The Hollywood production company recently given access to the names and addresses of 2,000 suspected illegal downloaders has struggled to turn a profit on its films, Toronto civil litigation lawyer John Philpott tells CityNews. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • January 29, 2014

    Implied, voluntary waiver of privilege alive and well. Although the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that solicitor-client privilege has to remain "as absolute as possible," the doctrine of “waiver of privilege” is alive and well, Toronto commercial and civil litigator John Philpott writes in Lawyers Weekly. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com