Biographical Information

BIOGRAPHY

Jack Zwicker has extensive experience in negotiation, mediation and arbitration acquired during the course of 42 years as a lawyer in contract, corporate-commercial, property, and estate law.

His training and professional skills have helped clients negotiate workable agreements in these fields that reflect practicality and creativity. An essential part of our job as Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioners (ADR) is recommending options to parties who are in the process of any negotiation that improves the quality of the agreement they make. A good agreement means a ‘win-win’ for all parties.

This background is complemented by years in adult education and in broadcast and print journalism which is vital to anyone who trains, mediates or arbitrates.

Jack Zwicker has experience with both private and public sector clients. He has conducted training workshops for the Social Services Department of the Regional Municipality of York, and for education service providers to the Real Estate Council of Ontario, the licensing body for Ontario’s real estate agents.

In October 2019, Jack Zwicker was appointed as a public member to the College of Ontario Opticians Tribunal

In 2013, Jack Zwicker was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court whose procedures require a mix of mediation and decision making.

Jack Zwicker acts as an arbitrator in disputes governed by statute and assists parties at the very outset to spot and deal with omissions in arbitration agreements that can prolong the length and cost of the arbitration process, if left unaddressed.

Jack Zwicker regularly lectures to real estate and life insurance agents and has been a contributor to Ontario’s Lawyer Weekly, to CA Magazine which services Canada’s Chartered Public Accountants. His column Wills, Testator-Beneficiary Agreements and ADR, will be appearing in a forthcoming issue of Canadian Lawyer, a national lawyer’s magazine.

EDUCATION

  • 2019 – Certified as a chartered arbitrator
  • 2003 -LL.M. (ADR) – Osgoode Hall Law School, York University;
  • 2001 – Certificate in Advanced ADR, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor;
  • 2000 – Certificate in Introductory ADR, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor;
  • 1976 – Called to the Bar of Ontario.
  • 1974 – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Que.
  • 1971 – Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours in History and Political Science,
  • McGill University, Montreal, Que.

MEMBERSHIPS

ADR Institute of Ontario; Ontario Bar Association (ADR Section)