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Justin M. Jakubiak




Justin is a partner with Fogler, Rubinoff and practices in our Litigation, Administrative Law and Automotive Law Groups. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Civil Litigation.  While Justin provides his clients with advice on a wide variety of matters, his practice focuses on:

  • Automotive and Transportation Law
  • Dealership Law
  • OMVIC Licensing and Registration
  • RECO Licensing and Registration
  • The Ontario Child Care and Early Years Act and associated Licensing Regime
  • Public Vehicle Operators and Licensing
  • Employment Law
  • Debtor/Creditor Remedies

Justin has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario and appears regularly before the Licence Appeal Tribunal ("LAT"). Before LAT, Justin has had significant success representing automotive dealerships, salespersons, motor vehicle inspection stations and their mechanics with respect to a wide variety of licensing and registration issues. Justin has also successfully represented livery operators before the Ontario Highway Transport Board.

Justin is a go-to lawyer for issues and questions relating to the following Ontario legislation:

  • Motor Vehicle Dealers Act
  • Highway Traffic Act
  • Public Vehicles Act
  • Child Care and Early Years Act
  • Repair and Storage Liens Act
  • Real Estate and Business Brokers Act

In addition to providing litigation support, Justin regularly assists clients in obtaining and maintaining their professional licences. Justin's attention to detail, combined with his good working relationship with many licencing bodies, allows him to assist clients in obtaining efficient and quality results. Often, delays in obtaining a licence or registration are due to an applicant not being aware of the correct way to answer certain inquiries, or not knowing what information will be required of them during the licencing process. Justin's experience minimizes delay and increases an applicant's chances of success.

As a result of Justin's regular appearances before LAT, in February 2013 Justin was one of five Applicant Representatives invited by LAT's Chair to join the newly established LAT Consultive Committee. Justin assists the Committee in establishing new practices and procedures to make LAT more responsive and user friendly.

Justin is one of only a few lawyers in Ontario with a specialized focus on Dealership Law. Justin's extensive experience allows him to assist dealerships, salespersons and mechanics with all matters involving the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Environment.

With a client centered approach, Justin is dedicated to providing effective, efficient and practical legal representation. Justin takes care in canvassing with his clients the best opportunities and strategies available to ensure great results.



Hitting the Mark -- Trademark, That Is!

When you are mistaken for a competitor, your dealership's "something special" becomes someone else's. In Quebec, two dealerships faced this problem when their trade names were similar enough to possibly cause consumer confusion. Read Justin's perspctive in his Common Lawyer column, which was published in the Summer 2018 issue of the Ontario Dealer. Reprinted with permission.

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MAY 10 2018

Workplace Romances – what to do when love turns sour?

Justin Jakubiak and Sheryl Johnson discuss workplace romances in the most recent edition of the Ontario Dealer.

This article first appeared in the May 2018 edition of the Ontario Dealer and was reprinted with permission.

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FEBRUARY 21 2018

Repair Loans – Useful Tools, or a Nuisance?

Vehicle repair loans are gaining popularity in Ontario, as are the legal issues and headaches surrounding them. This article was first published in the February 2018 Ontario Dealer Magazine.

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DECEMBER 05 2017

Sexual Harassment in Ontario’s Dealerships

Justin Jakubiak discusses how harassment can quickly turn ugly and can severely impact employee morale, your reputation and your pocketbook in his article "Sexual Harassment in Ontario's Dealerships".

First Published in the November 2017 Issue of the Ontario Dealer.

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NOVEMBER 24 2017

Justin Jakubiak named a Litigator to Watch in the 2017 Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Guide – Litigation

Justin Jakubiak is listed in the 2017 Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Guide – Litigation as a Litigation Lawyer to Watch

AUGUST 18 2017

Justin Jakubiak has been recognized as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation. Justin is one of 285 litigators recognized by the LSUC with this designation.

Justin Jakubiak has been recognized as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation. Justin is one of 285 litigators recognized by the LSUC with this designation. 

AUGUST 08 2017

Adjusting To The Times: The Future Of Car Dealerships

I have been serving auto lenders, dealerships, dealer principals, salespersons, repair shops and other industry members for just over 12 years...

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MAY 26 2017

I'm Reasonable, Are You Reasonable? Material Facts and the Reasonable Person

Who is the reasonable purchaser? Despite the use of the term in both the Regulations and by OMVIC, the precise meaning of a "reasonable purchaser" remains blurry.

Read Justin's article in the May issue of the Ontario Dealer  to understand why many dealers are left wondering what, exactly, is a reasonable purchaser, and what is he or she concerned about?



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MAY 01 2017

Nine lawyers profiled as leading practitioners in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory  has profiled nine Fogler Rubinoff lawyers as leading practitioners:

Jack D. Coop - Environmental

Steven A. Cygelfarb - Property Leasing

Michael B. Fraleigh - Medical Negligence

Bill Hearn - Advertising & Marketing Law

Justin Jakubiak - Corporate Comerical Litigation

Martin L. Middlestadt - Property Leasing

Kenneth W. Movat - Construction Law

Colleen Spring Zimmerman - Intellectual Property

Michael S. Wolfish - Property Leasing

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks individual lawyers across 64 areas of expertise and firms in over 40 practice areas. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are the product of an extensive peer review process, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.

FEBRUARY 27 2017

OMVIC...A Force for Good, but Improvement is Needed

While not yet a household name, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council's ("OMVIC") visibility and recognition among consumers is increasing. Read Justin's article OMVIC...A Force for Good, but Improvement is Needed  in the February 2017 issue of the Ontario Dealer.



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NOVEMBER 29 2016

Workplace Safety...Serious Fines & Consequences for Unsafe Dealerships

Accidents are one of the main reasons people and companies hire lawyers...

Read the rest of Justin's article by viewing Ontario Dealer magazine online here: Ontario Dealer Magazine


Justin Jakubiak shares his perspective with LawPro Magazine on limited scope representations.

Justin Jakubiak is interviewed by LawPro Magazine on the topic of  limited scope representations. Click here to read the article: Limited Scope Representation: With the right safeguards, possibilities abound.

AUGUST 25 2016

Congratulations to Justin Jakubiak for being selected as a Finalist in Lexpert's Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Fogler, Rubinoff Partner Justin Jakubiak for being selected as a Finalist in Lexpert’s Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition. 

The Rising Stars competition showcases Canadian lawyers that have an outstanding track record of success with complex transactions, contributed to their communities and profession and demonstrated leadership within their law departments.  Finalists were also selected for being team players, who demonstrated business acumen and adaptability to change.

AUGUST 23 2016

The times they are a-changing...the changing legal landscape

Like the automotive industry, law is a-changin’. Rapidly. I recently, or  should I say finally, started a Twitter account...

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MAY 16 2016

To Disclose or not to Disclose

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MARCH 01 2016

Repair and Storage Liens

DECEMBER 09 2015


OCTOBER 16 2015

OMVIC Disclosure - Dealerships and Salespersons


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Professional Designation

Certified Specialist - Civil Litigation


  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Licence Appeal Tribunal Consultive Committee
  • Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario


  • LL.B, 2003 University of New Brunswick
  • 2001, Downing College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom - International Law Studies Program

Awards & Distinctions

  • Featured in the 2017 Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Guide – Litigation as a Litigator to Watch
  • Ranked in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Lawyer to Watch in the area of Corporate Commerical Litigation
  • Selected as a Finalist in Lexpert’s 2016 Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition. 

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