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John Comrie KC, FCIArb, LLB, BCL

Chartered Arbitrator and Certified Mediator


  • Dubai, UAE 2011
  • Illinois Bar Association 2001 to Present
  • Sask Law Society, Canada 1977
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England, 2013 to Present

Dispute Resolution Training

  • Basic Mediation, University of Texas School of Law
  • CIArb Expedited Arbitration Program, Dubai
  • University of London, Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England

Special Expertise and Areas of Interest

  • Managing Director, Definitive ADR, a firm based in Taos, New Mexico providing dispute resolution services in Canada, the United States, the Middle East and other international locations.
  • Extensive dispute resolution experience derived from 35 years practicing law in Canada, United States and the Middle East, including 22 years as General Counsel to major North American steel company all prior to thr establishment of Definitive ADR in 2014.
  • Directed client participation in several successfully mediated commercial disputes.
  • Including a major North American pipeline failure and $150 million multi-party steel mill and infrastructure construction lawsuit in Chicago in 2001, together with the resolution of many smaller matters typical of a large manufacturing company such as employment and labour law issuesaccident and personal injury casesenvironmental disputes, and securities law.
  • See Full Biography for more information.
A bridge, like a dispute, can look very different depending on your perspective.

ADR in all its forms is always more timely, less costly and confidential.

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