A lawyer in Ontario, Canada, since 1977, John Gregory practised commercial law in Toronto for eight years, then served as General Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General from 1985 through 2016.
He developed legislation and policy in a number of areas, with particular attention to dispute resolution, private international law and the impact of information technology (Electronic Commerce Act, Electronic Evidence Act, International Electronic Communications Convention Act). As a long-time delegate to the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, including a term as President, he promoted the development of uniform legislation on these topics for Canadian use.
From 1997 to 2013, he served on the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Working Group on Electronic Commerce (UNCITRAL), helping develop the Model Law on Electronic Signatures and the Convention on the use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (EEC).
In 2018-19, he helped UN/ESCAP with the legal elements of reports on the readiness for cross-border paperless trade of four ESCAP member states (Armenia, Myanmar, Mongolia and Uzbekistan). He continues to serve as a consultant to similar projects organized by ESCAP.
In 2019-20, he reported to the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute on legislative and regulatory framework for electronic commerce in the CAREC states.
Since 2010, John has written a bimonthly column on law and technology for Slaw.ca, the Canadian collective legal blog.
He also was one of the authors of the Commonwealth Model Law on Electronic Commerce.
From 2003 to 2018, he was active in the Cyberspace Committee of the Section of Business Law, American Bar Association. He is a life member of the Canadian Association of Technology Lawyers (CanTechLaw).