John F. Collins was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977, to the State Bar of California in 1985, and as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1990. John practices corporate-commercial, business, employment, privacy, intellectual property, and public contract law. Over the years, he has represented clients in diverse engineering, manufacturing, and service industry segments, including clients in the material science, electronics, defence, aerospace, industrial automation, software, and apparel industries.
From 1980 to 1991, John practiced in-house as a member of the Corporate Law Department of Litton Industries Inc., a Fortune 100 corporation. Located in Toronto and reporting to Litton’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, John established Litton’s law department in Canada. As Vice President And Division Counsel, he managed all legal affairs related to over $5 billion in international sales made by Litton Systems Canada Limited, a large Toronto aerospace electronics and defence company.
While with Litton, John negotiated some of the largest defence contracts ever awarded by the Canadian and U.S. Governments, including contracts related to the F-18/CF-18 Hornet Programs, U.S Cruise Missile Program, Tribal Class Ship Update And Modernization Program, and Low Level Air Defence Program.
In 1991, John moved to San Diego, California to practice in-house with Science Applications International Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation. While with SAIC, John practiced in the fields of international corporate-commercial, information technology, and health care law.
In 1993, John returned to Toronto and joined Gardiner Roberts LLP, a mid-sized Bay Street law firm where he practiced corporate-commercial, business, employment, privacy, intellectual property, and public contract law for thirteen years.
During this time, John was also co-leader of a team which obtained the largest judgment ever awarded against the Canadian Government related to a public contract. He also structured, negotiated, and drafted a medical technology development, license, and commercialization agreement for a large Toronto hospital to implement a $100 million dollar technology development program involving eight of Canada’s largest technology companies.
In 2006, John joined Macdonald Sager Manis LLP where he continues to practice in the fields of corporate-commercial, business, employment, privacy, intellectual property, litigation management, and public contract law.
Activities – Professional And Personal
John has lectured and presented papers to the American Bar Association on matters relating to Canadian Government procurement, NAFTA from the perspective of a Canadian defence contractor, and Canada-U.S. free trade.
He has appeared on the CBC's "The Fifth Estate" television show, as well as on CBC's "The National", regarding the Amertek v. Canadian Commercial Corporation public contract litigation. John was also interviewed and appeared in Lexpert Magazine's March 2004 article on the Amertek case entitled: "Fronti Nulla Fides: The Amertek Litigation".
John has been an occasional lecturer on Canadian public contract law to the Ontario Government’s procurement lawyers group, Ryerson University, and Seneca College.
In his spare time, John is an avid golfer.