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Jonathan O’Hara is recognized for exceptional expertise as an advocate and litigator in international trade law. Also highly experienced in administrative and public law, Jonathan assists a variety of clients ranging from large transnationals based in the US, Japan or India and their Canadian subsidiaries, to local growing businesses in the manufacturing, information technology and automotive industries.

As the major focus of his practice, Jonathan represents his clients on matters relating to international trade law. He appears before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Canada Border Services Agency on anti-dumping / subsidy and government procurement proceedings. He is recognized in Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the International Trade_WTO category.

Jonathan regularly advises and represents clients in dealings with administrative decision-makers in connection to customs and tariffs, as well as import / export controls and economic sanctions. His extensive body of regulatory work includes challenging government actions and decisions through judicial review. He has also worked on dozens of proceedings before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Other experience includes appearing before the Copyright Board.

Appearing before all levels of court in Ontario in commercial disputes, including the Court of Appeal, Jonathan advances the interests of his clients in obtaining punitive damages, and in a variety of motions such as interlocutory injunctions and motions for contempt.



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

Speaking Engagements

Recent Developments in Global Trade Webinar

September 2019

All Hands on Deck: Navigating the Tricky Waters of the Federal Government's New Integrity Regime of Public Procurement The Canadian Bar Association, Webinar

April 2017

News


Media Mentions

Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade / WTO
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade and Finance Law
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 as a leader in Trade & Customs
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade / WTO
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade / WTO
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2019 as a leader in Trade & Customs
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade / WTO
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade & Finance Law
  • 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
  • Recognized as an Associate to Watch in Chambers Canada, 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 -– Trade & Customs
  • Who’s Who Legal: 2017 -– Trade & Customs
  • Legal Media Group’s 2017 Rising Stars for International Trade
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 -– 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)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association – National Section of International Law (former Executive Committee member)
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law – Canada Committee
  • Law Society of Ontario

Education & Admissions

2012
Called to the Ontario bar
2017
Other, Controlled Goods Program - Designated Official certification
2011
JD University of Ottawa
2003
B.Sc. (Honours) University of Guelph

Publications

Insights by Jonathan O’Hara (14 Posts)

McMillan’s Automotive Industry Webinar Series – Part Two (February 9, 2021)

Jan 21, 2021

Join us for Part Two of McMillan's Automotive Industry Webinar Series

Keeping the CPTPP as a Spare Tire: The New and Different Automotive Rules of Origin Under the CUSMA and the CPTPP

Dec 16, 2020

USMCA, CUSMA, T-MEC, CPTPP, Free Trade Agreements, Automotive Industry, International Trade, Duties, Global Affairs Canada.

Aluminum Tariff Deja Vu? What is different this time.

Aug 19, 2020

This article summarizes the aluminum tariff saga and identifies key lessons learned from the initial imposition of aluminum tariffs in 2018.

Will Modern Slavery Legislation Become a Reality in Canada?

Mar 3, 2020

Description of proposed modern slavery legislation in Canada that aims to address the issue of forced and child
labor in supply chains.

Canada’s New Export Brokering Regime

Aug 21, 2019

On September 17, 2019, Canada will formally become a State Party to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional arms

NICARAGUA ALERT – Canada Imposes Sanctions on Certain Nicaraguan Officials

Jun 25, 2019

On June 21, 2019, Global Affairs Canada (“GAC”) imposed targeted sanctions against nine Nicaraguan senior public officials

What’s in a name – the USMCA is the new NAFTA

Oct 4, 2018

On the surface, NAFTA was set aside, replaced by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Look more deeply, and there's evidence that much of the substance of NAFTA remains.

Surtax! What To Do Now

Jul 6, 2018

On July 1, 2018, Canada imposed surtaxes on steel, aluminum, as well as certain consumer and other products from the United States.

Tit for Tat

Jun 1, 2018

Canada Responds to U.S. Duties on Steel and Aluminium - In response to the American announcement of the imposition of duties on Canadian steel and aluminum

The Comprehensive and Progressive TPP – Countering The Pressures for Protectionism

Jan 30, 2018

January 2018, Canadian government announced it will sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership also referred as "TPP-11".

Procurement complaints against the government: more than just bid challenges

Feb 11, 2016

Procurement complaints against the government: more than just bid challenges

The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran

Feb 9, 2016

The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran

The Impact of New Transatlantic Trade Agreements on Commercial and Investment Transactions

Sep 29, 2015

This article was published in Business Law International (September 2015)

The Long and Winding Road – Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed

May 17, 2014

The Long and Winding Road - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed