50 Queen St N, Suite 1020, PO Box 2248, Kitchener, ON
Year called to bar: 1984 (ON)
John Doherty is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office and leader of the firm’s national Expropriation Law Group and a member of the firm’s national Municipal Law Group. His practice concentrates on municipal and commercial litigation. In his commercial litigation practice, John is an advocate before all levels of Ontario courts including the Court of Appeal. His municipal litigation practice leads him to appear before municipal boards and councils and a variety of administrative tribunals, including the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. John acts for municipalities as well as property owners, tenants, and business owners with respect to planning, zoning, and expropriation matters involving land development and public project/land acquisitions. John has written and lectured on a variety of topics relating to expropriation. He is a past Chair and current member of the board of directors of the Ontario Expropriation Association, where he chairs the Legislative Reform Committee. A past managing partner of his office, John was a member of the firm’s national executive committee from 1999 to 2009. He has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and, in 2022, John was recognized by Best Lawyers Canada as Lawyer of the Year for Municipal Law – Waterloo Region.