John Swain Jr.

Senior Associate

Location:Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mr. Swain’s practice focuses primarily on corporate, commercial, and real estate matters. Prior to joining the British Columbia bar, Mr. Swain spent twelve years as the principal managing lawyer of a boutique solicitor’s practice in Chicago that focused on real estate, corporate matters, and commercial transactions. He has acted for buyers, sellers, borrowers, developers, corporations, manufacturers, retailers, start-ups, growth companies, and qualified investors covering a variety of matters across various industries.

Mr. Swain has experience negotiating, reviewing, and litigating a wide variety of real estate, corporate and commercial matters including: purchase and sale agreements, asset purchase agreements, limited partnership agreements, municipal redevelopment agreements, mortgages, commercial leases, private placements, corporate resolutions, corporate filings, and shareholder agreements. He’s also advised clients in matters addressing creditor’s remedies, property damage claims, confidential information, non-disclosure arrangements, restrictive covenants, copyright infringement, organizational structuring, and new market development.

In addition to his legal and business experience, Mr. Swain has frequently taught or lectured on business and business law matters in colleges and universities in Chicago and Vancouver.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Real Estate

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia


  • Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Consortium for the Graduate Study in Management Fellowship
  • The University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Major: Accountancy