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G. John Samms


Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower St.
St. John’s, N.L.
A1C 6K3



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Newfoundland and Labrador, 2016

Legal Assistant(s): Kim Cousins

With a background in political science and experience in-house at the Newfoundland and Labrador government, John has worked on a number of high level, complex files from early on in his career, which has given him the confidence to be able to advise clients on what is needed to achieve their ultimate goals. He represents individuals and corporate clients to resolve disputes whether it be in litigation, dispute resolution or negotiations, and never lets the pursuit of perfection get in the way of progress. John has:

  • Acted on the lead negotiation team as part of the 2019 $2.5 Billion Atlantic Accord agreement between the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the federal government of Canada.
  • Acted as representative for the Premier’s Office on the province’s Collective Bargaining Negotiations Steering Committee.
  • Assumed responsibility under direction from the Premier and Minister of Justice for work toward establishing the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project.
  • Assumed responsibility under direction from the Premier and Minister of Natural Resources for work toward establishing Reference Questions to the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities: Muskrat Falls Rate Mitigation Options and Impacts.
  • Represented interests of clients through media interviews, panel discussions, etc.
  • Taught “Law, Governance and Public Policy” and “Constitutional Law” at Memorial University
  • Acted in 2019 on multiple municipal tax assessment appeals resulting in 30-40% tax savings for commercial clients.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, JD, 2015
Memorial University of Newfoundland, MA, 2012
Memorial University of Newfoundland, BA, 2010


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Advisory committee member, Drug Treatment Court Feasibility Study: An Opportunity for Hope
Instructor, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador


Winner of New Brunswick Trial Lawyers Association Prize for best performance in Trial Practice

Thought Leadership

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