John Pappas

Student-at-Law Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2020

John summered at the firm in 2018. He recently graduated from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, where he was named to Dean’s Honour List and earned course prizes in Administrative Tribunal Advocacy and Environmental Protection Law.

In his final year of law school, John competed at the 2019 Laskin Moot in administrative and constitutional law, helping his team place in the top five schools in multiple categories. John also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), First Class Standing, in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law from Brock University.

Before joining the firm as a summer student, John spent prior summers working for municipalities. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, he worked in a public administration and legislative services role for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. In the summer of 2017, he worked as a Summer Law Student in the legal department of the Town of Richmond Hill. Through his work, he gained insight into the legal framework underlying municipal governance, municipal law enforcement matters and the land use planning process.

While attending law school, John worked as the Lead Tutor in the Queen’s Law Equity Peer Tutoring Program, providing students with mentorship and academic assistance. John also acted as the President and Captain of the Queen’s Law “Tortfeasors” Rugby Football Club, the Faculty’s only inter-university competitive sports team. Prior to attending university, John competed in elite-level rugby. He was selected to compete nationally with the Ontario Junior Blues youth representative team and selected for an international tour with Rugby Canada.

Awards & Recognition

  • Dr. Terry and Sue White Social Sciences Scholarship, 2015
  • Labour Studies Book Prize, 2015
  • Political Science 25th Anniversary Book Prize, 2015


  • JD, Queen's University, 2019
  • BA Hons. (First Class Standing), Brock University, 2016