Brown is the firm’s legal and strategic advisor for Indigenous initiatives
The Class Proceedings Fund named McCarthy Tétrault LLP lawyer John Brown as its newest committee member.
The committee, which decides whether class action plaintiffs should be granted financial support and indemnification for costs from the class proceedings fund, welcomed Brown in a news release dated Jan. 15.
With a practice centred on representing domestic and international corporations and institutions in complex class actions, Brown was, until recently, a senior partner member of McCarthy Tétrault’s national class action group. He is still active in the firm as its legal and strategic advisor for Indigenous initiatives, guiding its lawyers in delivering culturally sensitive legal services to Indigenous clients.
He is also chairman of the firm’s reconciliation subcommittee, as well as a mentor for its mentorship program for Indigenous students, a project the firm collaborated on with the Martin Family Initiative.
For the International Bar Association, he has co-chaired its multi-jurisdictional class action/collective redress working group and has chaired its task force on international procedures and protocols for class actions.
He also holds memberships in the Giiwedin Anang Council of Aboriginal Legal Services, the advisory board of LEAP | Pecault Centre for Social Impact, the Canadian Bar Association’s Indigenous advisory group and the Indigenous Bar Association.
According to the news release, Brown’s “extended Indigenous family on his father’s side are Sto:lo whose traditional territory is the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia.”