john in front of brick wall

John McGarrity

John was born and raised in Peterborough and established his practice over 30 years ago.


John graduated from Trent University attaining:

  • Dean’s Honor List  
  • Trent University Scholarship. 

He then attended Ottawa University for his Bachelor of Laws and graduated with:

  • Stikeman Elliott Prize (highest standing in Administrative Law) 
  • Hugh Doyle Memorial Fund (highest standing in Family Law) 
  • Carswell Book Prize (highest standing in Torts Law) 
  • Graduated Magna Cum Lauda 
  • University of Ottawa Merit Scholarship 

John’s involvement has continued with local community organizations including:

  • Big Brothers & Sisters of Peterborough 
  • KAIROS Non-Profit Housing of Peterborough 
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind 
  • Peterborough/Lakefield Humane Society 
  • Salvation Army 
  • Peterborough Regional Health Care Foundation 
  • Rhema Christian School 
  • Peterborough Affordable Housing Foundation 
  • Alzheimer’s Society 
  • Lakefield College School 

To stay current, John has continued his studies each year with various courses and seminars  including; 

  • a publication in the Family Law Quarterly based on child support for disabled adults
  • obtaining his Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School