Business and professional negligence lawsuits make up John Evans' core civil litigation practice. A wider spectrum of causes are repeatedly in John's repertoire – libel, real property/zoning, injuries, institutional disputes. Unscrambling a client's story into a balanced claim or defence is John's purpose – not golf, not wine. John's skill is to shape strategies to enable clients to tell their stories to best advantage. Having the respect of judges and other counsel opens opportunities for clients to be heard. These attributes have augered well for good results at trials, mediations and in settlements. Over 50 years of trial, discoveries, negotiations for individuals, their companies, their families in complex cases. John's awards and honours reflect respect from the profession and his contribution to the legal profession. Queen's Counsel 1979; Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation 1988; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers 1999; LSUC Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession 2008; OBA Award of Excellence – Insurance Law 2008; OBA Award of Excellence – Civil Litigation 2013; President, Advocates' Society of Ontario 1990-91; President, Hamilton Law Association 1979; Founding Chair, Sopinka Cup. Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada admission for over 20 years.