Jon-David Giacomelli

Jon-David Giacomelli was one of the three founding partners of Cambridge LLP and the Chair of the Cross-Border and Business Litigation Groups. His practice has encompassed a wide range of complex cross-border litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on private international law, conflict of laws, jurisdictional disputes, enforcement of foreign orders, shareholders' rights and injunctive relief. Jon-David has represented clients from around the world and is recognized in Canada, the U.S. and abroad as a leading practitioner in the area of cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Giacomelli has been a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to business litigation, private international law and in particular, cross-border litigation, dispute resolution and conflict of laws. He has spoken and lectured widely at city, provincial, state, national and specialty bar associations in Canada, the United States, South American and Europe.

He is a graduate of McMaster University with a B.A. In Political Science (summa cum laude – 1st in class) and Queen’s University LLB. He has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and in international arbitrations in Canada and the United States.

Jon-David is presently on sabbatical from the practice of law in Canada, (although he maintains his LSO licence and insurance) and is pursuing various entrepreneurial ventures abroad. He remains an apostle for the firm he helped found and strongly supports Cambridge LLP’s lawyers in their mission to deliver top-notch service to clients both at home and abroad.

Areas of Expertise
  • International Litigation, Arbitration and ADR
  • Public and Private Partnerships
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments/Arbitral Awards
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Shareholder/Partnership Disputes
  • Private International Law
  • Class Proceedings
  • Construction Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Estate Litigation
  • Internet Defamation / Cyber Libel
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Mareva Injunctions
  • Anton Piller
  • Oppression Remedy
  • Civil Fraud
Organizations & Activities

American Bar Association (ABA), International Law Section & Dispute Resolution Section

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Dispute Resolution Section & International Law and Practice Section

Canadian Bar Association (CBA)

Advocates Society

Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

Hamilton Law Association

Hamilton District Health Council, Board Member, (2004-2005)

Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre Foundation (Founding Chairman of Board of Directors and Board Member 1999-2004)

Conferences and Lectures

Mr. Giacomelli’s speaking engagements at bar associations and law firms number well over 100 and listing them is beyond the space allowed here.  Some of the Bar Associations and law associations to which Mr. Giacomelli has had the pleasure of presenting are the following:

The American Bar Association, Section of International Law

The New York State Bar Association, International Section

The Ontario Bar Association

The American Foreign Law Association

Union Internationale des Avocats

The Chicago Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

The Florida Bar, International Section

The San Diego County Bar Association

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia)

Maricopa County Bar Association (Phoenix)

Halton County Bar Association

Portsmouth Bar Association (Norfolk, Virginia)

Delaware State Bar Association

Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association

Munroe County Bar Association (Rochester)

Oregon State Bar Association (Portland)
King County Bar Association (Seattle)

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Mercer County Bar Association (New Jersey)

Erie County Bar Association (Buffalo)

Washington State Bar Association (Seattle)

Spokane County Bar Association

Onondaga County Bar Association;

Hamilton Bar Association

Commercial Law League of America National Convention (Toronto)

Advocates Society (Toronto)

Oakland County Bar Association (Michigan)

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