John Lefurgey received his undergraduate education in Nova Scotia at Acadia University, and in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. After working and travelling for several years in Canada, the Middle East, and India, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto where he received his LL.B.
Prior to becoming a lawyer John’s work exposed him to a wide variety of people and situations. Jobs as varied as irrigation supervisor on a kibbutz in Israel, physical education teacher at an orphanage in India, tree planter in northern Ontario, and bartender in various cities around Canada feature among the life experiences that give context to his work as a lawyer.
John was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1989. The first decade of his practice was devoted almost exclusively to criminal law. Since that time, his practice has expanded to include civil litigation and construction lien work.
John has conducted dozens of jury trials and appeals and has been counsel in several hundred judge-alone trials. He has also acted as counsel in hundreds of other cases that settled before trial. John has led seminars at the Ontario Bar Admission Course and lectured at continuing education conferences on topics including evidence, criminal and civil procedure, and mental health law.
John believes that every person is entitled to the services of a great lawyer, one who will work hard and care about his client’s case and the result.
John is a past President of the Lincoln County Law Association and of the Niagara Criminal Lawyers’ Association. He has been, and continues to be, involved with committee work for various law-related organizations including Judicial Liaison Committees and Court Process Committees. Presently, he works with a Mental Health Committee dealing with the interaction of the criminal justice system and individuals with some form of mental impairment.
Outside of the practice of law, John spent over a decade on the Board of Youth Resources Niagara, which operates an open custody youth facility and a group home in Fonthill, Ontario. John has been on the Board of Directors of the St. Catharines Concord Soccer Club for a number of years, currently holding the position of President, and he still plays and coaches soccer. John has also coached basketball with the CYO Basketball organization. After earning his black belt, he taught jiu jitsu for a number of years at the St. Catharines YMCA.