Jonathan opened Ferris Law in the fall of 2016. Looking to the future, he envisions this new law firm as one that will bring together talented individuals, unique ideas and perspectives and provide exceptional service for clients.
Prior to opening the doors at Ferris Law, Jonathan worked at an established Ottawa-based firm in the Civil Litigation group after his call to the Ontario Bar in 2013.
Originally from Guelph Ontario, Jonathan completed his JD at The University of Ottawa. While at the University of Ottawa, Jonathan participated in the winter Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) semester, first as a student, and later as an ADR student teacher. From this experience, he is pleased to offer services related to ADR and mediation, often effective routes to take when resolving disputes and issues between people and parties without the time absorbing, expensive realities of litigation through the courts.
His practice consists of Civil Litigation and Administrative Law, with a focus on Employment Law and Human Rights, as well as a general commercial and contract practice. Jonathan brings passion to the table, and works hard to get fair results for his clients. He looks forward to bringing this dedication to the City of Guelph when representing his clients.
He has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court and Divisional Court, as well as the Ontario Court of Justice and various tribunals. He has worked on files before the Federal Court , Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Jonathan is involved in community grassroots organizations and focuses his energy in neighbourhood revitalization initiatives. He participates with various community organizations. Having been involved with the Hillside Festival for many years, Jonathan enjoys assisting musicians and small music companies as well.
Jonathan was a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, where he is a member of the Alternative Business Structures working group where he co-authored a “white paper” dealing with changes to the legal profession and the way in which law firms and legal service providers operate. He also presents on topical issues such as Social Media for Lawyers and Paralegals as well as employment law. Jonathan enjoys volunteering his time with Pro Bono Lawyers Ontario, assisting lower income individuals access legal services.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jonathan worked for Cargill Limited, one of the largest privately held companies in the world working for their beef processing facilities in Guelph, Ontario. There he worked closely with Management and his union, UFCW local 175. From this career, he brings practical, on the ground experience to his files, an asset for his clients.