Lawyers & Services

John Rowinski

John, of Mohawk ancestry, was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario.  After graduating from Queen’s University with an Honours Degree in Philosophy (1997) and his Bachelor of Laws (2000), he articled and practiced with a full service Toronto law firm from 2000 to 2007.  After one year in a boutique Aboriginal law firm, John moved his practice to Brooklin in 2008.  In 2016, the firm was re-named Two Row Law and our office moved to the beautiful Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, near Port Perry, Ontario.

More about John:

  • Appears in all levels of court and various administrative tribunals in Ontario, on motions, trials, applications and appeals
  • Lawyer for numerous First Nations, corporations, agencies and non-profit organizations in all sectors
  • Member of the Indigenous Bar Association
  • Past Executive member of Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association Aboriginal Law Sections 2004-2010 (OBA Section Chair 2006-2008)
  • Member and past Director of Durham Region Law Association 
  • Twice selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Aboriginal Law
  • Director, Rouge Valley Health System Board of Directors, 2012-13
  • Frequent speaker at conferences and workshops across Canada​

More About Our Firm

Two Row Law strives for an innovative approach to the practice of law.  In the spirit of integrating complimentary legal traditions, we will not necessarily be tied to the bounds of traditional problem-solving methods, but we instead work with clients, other parties and their representatives to develop the most effective and efficient ways to achieve client objectives and resolve disputes.  

If required we engage and work with a wide network of other lawyers and professionals to provide a one-stop, full service advisory service to our clients.

Furthermore, our aim is to provide, as much as possible, cost-certainty for our clients. To that end we are willing to establish appropriate fee structures at the outset of our retainers.  We are also able to offer alternative fee arrangements such as monthly retainers and fixed-fee services.


We offer innovative and cost-effective problem-solving services for dispute resolution, including written mediations, remote dispute resolution and in-person mediations.

​Please contact us for further details. 

Areas of Practice

  • Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Land claims
  • Mediation, negotiations & consultation
  • Advising Chief and Council on First Nation governance
  • Drafting and administering agreements, contracts, policies, procedures & codes
  • Advising and representing Aboriginal businesses
  • Employment and Human Rights Disputes
  • On and off Reserve, residential and commercial property policies,agreements and management
  • Professional liability
  • Contract disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Judicial review proceedings
  • Appeals