John A. Fabello

John A. Fabello

Toronto: 416.865.8228
Fax 416.865.7380


LLM (Securities), pending Osgoode Hall Law School LLB, 1992
University of Alberta
Certificate in International and EEC Law, 1990
Oxford University/University of San Diego
BA, 1988
University of Toronto

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1994


John Fabello is a senior member of the Torys securities litigation and class action practices, and is a primary contact for the firm's securities defence practice. John focuses on all aspects of securities litigation and regulatory matters, as well as general corporate and commercial litigation. John represents clients across Canada before securities and other financial regulators, and the courts. John’s practice includes conducting internal investigations and advising financial services firms regarding the quality and sufficiency of their regulatory compliance programs. John has acted as an instructor for in-house broker and investment banker continuing education programs and was seconded for over a year to one of Canada’s largest broker-dealers to manage major class action litigation and related securities regulatory matters. John is a frequent speaker and lecturer on securities litigation, and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada in the areas of professional liability and securities litigation by Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers and Lexpert, among others.

Representative Work

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Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in securities law (2006-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, Ontario, dispute resolution (2017-2018)

Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation, securities (2014-2018)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in securities litigation (2011-2017); directors' and officers' liability litigation (2013-2017); and class actions (2014-2017)

Legal Media Group's Benchmark Canada—Local Litigation Star (2014); Leading litigator in arbitration (2014); securities (2012-2014); commercial law and class actions (2012-2013)

Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in securities litigation (2013)

Real Time News' LawDay—Leading lawyer in professional liability (2009)

Lexpert’s Guide to the U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—One of Canada’s litigation lawyers to watch (2007)



Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, John created and led a national broker-dealer litigation practice at another major Canadian law firm.

He was seconded for over a year to one of Canada’s largest securities broker-dealers to manage major class action litigation and related regulatory matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Ontario Bar Association Class Actions Law Executive - Member
  • The Advocates' Society - Past Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Section
  • Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Compliance & Legal Section - Executive on the Education Sub-committee
  • Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) - Past Trustee
  • Director, Private Capital Markets Association of Canada