Jonathan O'Hara 

Co-Chair, International Trade Group
Ottawa  t: 613.691.6176  |  e: jonathan.ohara@mcmillan.ca

Jonathan O'Hara

Ottawa
World Exchange Plaza, Suite 2000
45 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4

t: 613.691.6176
e: jonathan.ohara@mcmillan.ca

aperçu

Jonathan is a regulatory advocate and commercial litigator. He practices primarily out of the firm's Ottawa office. Jonathan has substantial experience with complex regulatory regimes.

A major component of Jonathan's practice is international trade law, particularly before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal on anti-dumping/subsidy and government procurement proceedings. Jonathan has experience in complex economics-based regulatory proceedings before the Copyright Board and the Competition Tribunal.

Jonathan's regulatory work also includes challenging government actions and decisions through judicial review, leading to Jonathan having worked on numerous review proceedings before both the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Jonathan regularly represents clients in dealings with administrative decision makers such as the CBSA in relation to customs, importation and duty matters, as well as CRA.

Jonathan has assisted a wide range of clients, ranging from multi-billion dollar transnationals based in the US, Japan or India and their Canadian subsidiaries, to local growing businesses. Jonathan's clients come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, information technology and automotive.

Jonathan has appeared before all levels of the Ontario courts in commercial disputes, including on appellate matters, and has acted as local agent for other law firms at the Supreme Court of Canada. Jonathan has successfully acted as counsel in trials (including obtaining punitive damages) and in a variety of motions, including interlocutory injunctions and motions for contempt.

Jonathan's advocacy skills lead to great success in international moot court competitions. In his third year of law school, Jonathan and his team won the Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot in Austria. In his second year, Jonathan and his team placed second at the European Law Students' Association WTO international trade law moot, hosted by the Dominican Republic.

Jonathan's previous career experience includes several years in the high-tech sector with the federal public service, including as a section manager and a software architect.

Representative Matters

  • Complaint by CGI Information Systems And Management Consultants Inc. File Nos. PR-2014-006, PR-2014-015 and PR-2014-020 (CITT)
  • Complaint by Knowledge Circle, File No. PR-2013-014 (CITT)
  • Complaint by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc. and Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP, File Nos. PR-2013-005 and PR-2013-008 (CITT)
  • Professional Computer Consultants Group v Department of the Environment, File No. PR-2012-016 (CITT) 
  • Dumping and Subsidizing of Oil Country Tubular Goods from China, RR-2014-003 (CITT)
  • Dumping and Subsidizing of Concrete Reinforcing Bar from China, Korea and Turkey, NQ-2014-001 (CITT)
  • Dumping of Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, NQ-2013-005 (CITT)
  • Dumping of Circular Copper Tube from Brazil, China, Greece, Korea and Mexico, NQ-2013-004 (CITT)
  • Dumping of Galvanized Steel Wire from China, Israel and Spain, NQ-2013-001 (CITT) 
  • Dumping and Subsidizing of Seamless Casing Oil and Gas Well Casing from China, RR-2012-002 (CITT)
  • Dumping and subsidizing of Pup Joints from China, NQ-2011-001 (CITT)
  • Commercial Radio - SOCAN 1.A (2011-2013); Re:Sound (2012-2014); CSI (2012-2013); AVLA/SOPROQ (2012-2017); ARTISTI (2012-2014) (Copyright Board) 
  • CSI - Online Music Services (2011-2012); SOCAN Tariff 22.A - Online Music Services (2011-2012); SODRAC Tariff 6 - Online Music Services, Music Videos (2010-2012) (Copyright Board)
  • NLG 2011 Inc. v. Central 1 Credit Union, 2014 ONCA 508 
  • Square v. David, 2012 FC 624

Presentations

Recent Developments in Global Trade
All Hands on Deck: Navigating the Tricky Waters of the Federal Government's New Integrity Regime of Public Procurement

Publications

Tarifs douaniers sur l'aluminium, prise 2? Voici ce qui est différent cette fois-ci.
La législation concernant l'esclavage moderne est-elle en passe de devenir réalité au Canada ?
Canada's New Export Brokering Regime
ALERTE CONCERNANT LE NICARAGUA - Le Canada impose des sanctions contre des responsables nicaraguayens
ALERTE CONCERNANT LE NICARAGUA - Le Canada impose des sanctions contre des responsables nicaraguayens
Peu importe son nom, l'AEUMC est le nouvel ALÉNA
Surtax! What To Do Now
Dent pour dent
L'Accord de Partenariat transpacifique global et progressiste – Contrer les pressions du protectionnisme
Procurement complaints against the government: more than just bid challenges
The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran
The Impact of New Transatlantic Trade Agreements on Commercial and Investment Transactions
Canadian Government Suppliers: Getting in Trouble Abroad May Cause Problems At Home
Country Pricing: Lessons from the anti-dumping regime
The Long and Winding Road - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed
Timber! $1 Billion China-BC Forestry MOU Signed
WTO Reaches Historic Trade Facilitation Deal in Bali
Foreign Corrupt Practices - The Growth and Limitations of Canadian Enforcement Activity
COOL: United States not so cool for Canadian farmers
Russia's accession to the WTO – implications for Canada
2012 international trade law review
Will tariffs increase on imported goods from certain countries? Canada reconsiders the general preferential tariff
Hard(wood) times ahead?: US producers of hardwood plywood allege dumping from China
Supreme Court rules privacy interest of minors trumps freedom of the press in cyberbullying case

News

McMillan obtient 34 classements dans l'édition 2020 du guide Who's Who Legal pour le Canada
McMillan obtient 34 classements dans l'édition 2020 du guide Who's Who Legal pour le Canada
Des avocat.e.s de McMillan obtiennent 38 classements dans 21 catégories dans le guide Chambers Canada 2021
Des avocat.e.s de McMillan obtiennent 38 classements dans 21 catégories dans le guide Chambers Canada 2021
McMillan cité 114 fois dans le répertoire Best Lawyers in Canada 2021
Le guide Chambers Global de 2020 classe McMillan au rang des cabinets d'avocats chefs de file dans six domaines de pratique et cite 17 de nos avocat(e)s
McMillan S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. annonce des promotions aux rangs d'associé(e) participant(e) et d'associé(e)
32 avocats de McMillan classés meilleurs conseillers juridiques en droit des affaires dans l'édition 2019 du Who's Who Legal: Canada
Les avocats de McMillan obtiennent 41 classements dans 23 catégories dans le guide Chambers Canada de 2020
71 avocats de McMillan nommés dans l'édition de 2020 du répertoire Best Lawyers in Canada
Chambers Global 2019 a classé McMillan au rang des cabinets d'avocats chefs de file dans plusieurs domaines de pratique
32 avocats de McMillan cités dans le répertoire Who's Who Legal: Canada 2018
Les avocats de McMillan sont bien représentés dans le guide Chambers Canada de 2019
65 avocats de McMillan sont nommés dans l'édition 2019 de Best Lawyers in Canada
65 avocats de McMillan sont nommés dans l'édition 2019 de Best Lawyers in Canada
Jonathan O'Hara dans l'Ottawa Business Journal: Une guerre commerciale se gagne-t-elle facilement?
Jonathan O'Hara dans l'Ottawa Business Journal: Une guerre commerciale se gagne-t-elle facilement?
33 avocats de McMillan cités dans le répertoire Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017
Des avocats de McMillan cités dans le répertoire Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
McMillan figure dans la publication Big Suits de Lexpert pour avoir représenté Tenaris Canada avec succès

Education

  • University of Ottawa, JD - 2011
  • University of Guelph, B.Sc. (Hons) - 2003

Year Of Call

  • Barreau de l'Ontario - 2012

Practices

commerce international
litige
droit administratif
mesures antidumping et antisubventions
réglementation douanière
processus d'approvisionnement
plaidoirie en appel
responsabilité des commerçants
payments and money services

Industries

automobile
technologies
industries manufacturières, distribution et commerce du détail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law - Canada Committee

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade / WTO
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2018 – Trade & Customs
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2019 as a leader in International Trade/WTO
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade & Finance Law
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 -– Trade & Customs
  • Winner - Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot – 2011 (Vienna, Austria)
  • Second place – International Round of European Law Students' Association WTO trade law moot – 2010 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

Media Mentions

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Jonathan is a regulatory advocate and commercial litigator. He practices primarily out of the firm's Ottawa office. Jonathan has substantial experience with complex regulatory regimes.

A major component of Jonathan's practice is international trade law, particularly before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal on anti-dumping/subsidy and government procurement proceedings. Jonathan has experience in complex economics-based regulatory proceedings before the Copyright Board and the Competition Tribunal.

Jonathan's regulatory work also includes challenging government actions and decisions through judicial review, leading to Jonathan having worked on numerous review proceedings before both the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Jonathan regularly represents clients in dealings with administrative decision makers such as the CBSA in relation to customs, importation and duty matters, as well as CRA.

Jonathan has assisted a wide range of clients, ranging from multi-billion dollar transnationals based in the US, Japan or India and their Canadian subsidiaries, to local growing businesses. Jonathan's clients come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, information technology and automotive.

Jonathan has appeared before all levels of the Ontario courts in commercial disputes, including on appellate matters, and has acted as local agent for other law firms at the Supreme Court of Canada. Jonathan has successfully acted as counsel in trials (including obtaining punitive damages) and in a variety of motions, including interlocutory injunctions and motions for contempt.

Jonathan's advocacy skills lead to great success in international moot court competitions. In his third year of law school, Jonathan and his team won the Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot in Austria. In his second year, Jonathan and his team placed second at the European Law Students' Association WTO international trade law moot, hosted by the Dominican Republic.

Jonathan's previous career experience includes several years in the high-tech sector with the federal public service, including as a section manager and a software architect.

  • Complaint by CGI Information Systems And Management Consultants Inc. File Nos. PR-2014-006, PR-2014-015 and PR-2014-020 (CITT)
  • Complaint by Knowledge Circle, File No. PR-2013-014 (CITT)
  • Complaint by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc. and Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP, File Nos. PR-2013-005 and PR-2013-008 (CITT)
  • Professional Computer Consultants Group v Department of the Environment, File No. PR-2012-016 (CITT) 
  • Dumping and Subsidizing of Oil Country Tubular Goods from China, RR-2014-003 (CITT)
  • Dumping and Subsidizing of Concrete Reinforcing Bar from China, Korea and Turkey, NQ-2014-001 (CITT)
  • Dumping of Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, NQ-2013-005 (CITT)
  • Dumping of Circular Copper Tube from Brazil, China, Greece, Korea and Mexico, NQ-2013-004 (CITT)
  • Dumping of Galvanized Steel Wire from China, Israel and Spain, NQ-2013-001 (CITT) 
  • Dumping and Subsidizing of Seamless Casing Oil and Gas Well Casing from China, RR-2012-002 (CITT)
  • Dumping and subsidizing of Pup Joints from China, NQ-2011-001 (CITT)
  • Commercial Radio - SOCAN 1.A (2011-2013); Re:Sound (2012-2014); CSI (2012-2013); AVLA/SOPROQ (2012-2017); ARTISTI (2012-2014) (Copyright Board) 
  • CSI - Online Music Services (2011-2012); SOCAN Tariff 22.A - Online Music Services (2011-2012); SODRAC Tariff 6 - Online Music Services, Music Videos (2010-2012) (Copyright Board)
  • NLG 2011 Inc. v. Central 1 Credit Union, 2014 ONCA 508 
  • Square v. David, 2012 FC 624
Août 2019
Canada's New Export Brokering Regime(seulement disponible en anglais)

International Trade Bulletin

Octobre 2018
Peu importe son nom, l'AEUMC est le nouvel ALÉNA

bulletin sur le commerce international

Juillet 2018
Surtax! What To Do Now(seulement disponible en anglais)

International Trade Bulletin

Juin 2018
Dent pour dent

Bulletin sur le commerce international

Février 2016
Procurement complaints against the government: more than just bid challenges(seulement disponible en anglais)

Procurement Bulletin

Février 2016
The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran(seulement disponible en anglais)

International Trade Bulletin

Septembre 2015
The Impact of New Transatlantic Trade Agreements on Commercial and Investment Transactions(seulement disponible en anglais)

Business Law International

Novembre 2014
Canadian Government Suppliers: Getting in Trouble Abroad May Cause Problems At Home(seulement disponible en anglais)
Government Procurement Bulletin
18 Septembre 2014
Country Pricing: Lessons from the anti-dumping regime
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Paper by Dr. A. Neil Campbell and Jonathan O'Hara, presented to the 2014 CBA Annual Competition Law Fall Conference, Ottawa
Mars 2014
The Long and Winding Road - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Janvier 2014
Timber! $1 Billion China-BC Forestry MOU Signed(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Décembre 2013
WTO Reaches Historic Trade Facilitation Deal in Bali(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Août 2013
Foreign Corrupt Practices - The Growth and Limitations of Canadian Enforcement Activity(seulement disponible en anglais)

Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 23 No.1

Juillet 2013
COOL: United States not so cool for Canadian farmers(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Mai 2013
Russia's accession to the WTO – implications for Canada(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Mars 2013
2012 international trade law review(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Law Bulletin
Janvier 2013
Will tariffs increase on imported goods from certain countries? Canada reconsiders the general preferential tariff(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Octobre 2012
Hard(wood) times ahead?: US producers of hardwood plywood allege dumping from China(seulement disponible en anglais)
International Trade Bulletin
Octobre 2012
Supreme Court rules privacy interest of minors trumps freedom of the press in cyberbullying case (seulement disponible en anglais)
Litigation Bulletin
Septembre 2019
Recent Developments in Global Trade
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Webinar
Mars 2018
How to Navigate Government Procurement in Canada
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Webinar
Avril 2017
All Hands on Deck: Navigating the Tricky Waters of the Federal Government's New Integrity Regime of Public Procurement
(seulement disponible en anglais)
The Canadian Bar Association, Webinar