John-Otto Phillips

Associate/Class Actions, Commercial Litigation


John-Otto (Otto) Phillips joined Waddell Phillips after gaining extensive and broad-based litigation experience at a Bay Street Toronto insurance litigation firm. He has effectively managed litigation matters including personal injury, property damage, crown liability, commercial general liability, construction claims, occupiers’ liability, and insurance coverage through both court proceedings and negotiated resolutions. Otto is now focusing his talents on class actions, commercial, administrative law, constitutional law, and civil litigation. He is a member of the law societies of Ontario and Alberta and has practiced in a wide-range of jurisdictions and courts including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Federal Court.


Otto is involved in a wide variety of civil and commercial litigation and class actions focusing on consumer protection, securities, privacy, insurance, and product liability claims. He also practices in administrative law and constitutional law.

  • Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Alberta (2019)
  • Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2016)
  • Juris Doctor (JD): Osgoode Hall Law School 2012-2015
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Philosophy/Legal Theory): McMaster University 2008-2012
  • Master of Arts (Philosophy): McMaster University 2006-2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (High Honors) (Philosophy/History): University of Saskatchewan 2003-2006
  • PhD Dissertation – Deference, Authority, and Administrative Review: New Foundations for the Judicial Review of Administrative Tribunal Decision Making (2012)
  • MA Thesis – Defining Legitimacy: A Hartian Conception of Judicial Activism (2008)
  • ‘Law, Compulsion, and Community in Plato’s Republic’ in Polis, vol. 28, no. 1 (2011)
  • ‘Making Friends of Old Enemies: A Communitarian Defense of Judicial Review’ in Gnosis, vol. 11, no.1 (2010)