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Jonathan O'Kane


Suite 1000, Brunswick House
44 Chipman Hill
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 2A9



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): New Brunswick, 2014

Legal Assistant(s): Rita Crowe

Jon’s practice bridges the gap between law and industry, assisting clients in commercial matters with a focus on construction disputes. He has assisted clients with matters before the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court, as well as the Federal Court of Appeal. Specifically, Jon has:

  • Represented Canadian businesses in private arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce;
  • Represented both owners and contractors in multi-million dollar construction litigation;
  • Advised clients navigating P3 infrastructure projects;
  • Litigated commercial tenancy disputes;
  • Defended and prosecuted product liability claims pertaining to both industrial and consumer products;
  • Enforced intellectual property rights, obtaining injunctive and monetary relief;
  • Represented clients in maritime law proceedings, including disputes concerning arrested vessels;
  • Advanced the interests of executors and beneficiaries in contentious estate litigation; and
  • Represented a mutual defence association in a precedent setting case regarding its liability to the public.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, B.Sc., 2010
Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., 2013
Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development Certificate in Construction Law, 2017


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Canadian Maritime Law Association
Chair, New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium (2017-present)
Board member, New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium (2016-present)
Board member, Saint John Theatre Company (2017-2020)
Board member, Saint John Community Arts Board (2017-2019)


Osgoode Hall Law School – Ian Scott Public Interest Fellow, 2011
Osgoode Hall Law School – Dean’s Gold Key Award, 2013
University of New Brunswick – Currie Undergraduate Scholar, 2006-2010
University of New Brunswick – Sir Howard Douglas Scholar, 2010


Co-Author, “Cumulative Impact Claims: Not Just Another Delay Claim”, 2022 Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2022 J. Can. C. Construction Law. 1

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