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Meet John A. M. Petrella

Education Law Lawyer
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Professional Highlights

John strives to provide thoughtful and insightful legal advice to allow his clients to achieve their desired outcomes in a timely and cost-effective manner. With a wide-variety of experience in various areas of civil litigation, including negligence, breach of contract, employment issues, and data and information privacy matters, and administrative law, including appearing in front of a number of administrative tribunals, John leverages his varied experiences to develop creative strategies that promote his clients’ interests. In addition to helping clients navigate civil and administrative disputes, John has a particular interest in working with educational institutions to collaboratively work with his clients to create, develop, and implement strategies and best practices that minimizes the risk of future legal disputes.

  • J.S.D. Tory Writing Award (2017)
  • Sun Light Foundation International Exchange Award (2016)
  • 2016 Gale Cup Second Place Factum (2016)
  • Cohen Highley LLP Award (2015)
  • Dean’s Honor List, Faculty of Law (2015, 2016)
  • Dean of Law Entrance Scholarship (2014)
  • International Centre for Olympic Studies Graduate Student Essay Competition Winner (2014)
  • Dean’s Honor List, Faculty of Health Sciences (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Global Opportunities Award (2012)

  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2018 to present)
  • Student-at-Law, Lerners LLP (2017-2018)
  • Summer Law Student, Lerners LLP (2016)
  • Summer Law Student, Beckett Personal Injury lawyers (2015)

  • Middlesex Law Association
  • The Advocates' Society

  • Master of Laws, McGill University (2021)
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2018)
  • Juris Doctor (with Distinction), Western University (2017)
  • Master of Arts (Kinesiology-Sport History), Western University (2014)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors Specialization in Kinesiology), Western University (2013)