Shibley Righton's John Jedlinski offers personal service to entrepreneurs


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Windsor corporate lawyer John Jedlinski is in it for the long haul with his clients.

Jedlinski, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP’s Windsor office, works mainly with entrepreneurs, guiding them through the corporate and personal legal needs that arise at every stage of their business’s life cycle — from inception to sale, and beyond.

“With a startup, we look at getting them going, how they will deal with the debt structure they assume, and the future in terms of paying it off. Then you’re also looking at how that impacts on their ability to buy a house, purchase their next business, or bring in partners and associates,” he tells “I relish the opportunity to deal with every facet of that client’s business.”

As a result, his practice — which he describes to clients as “personal services” — encompasses a broad range of complementary areas, including corporate-commercial, estates and trust law, and commercial and residential real estate.

At the corporate/commercial end of his practice, he helps clients with commercial financing, real estate, business and shareholder agreements, corporate reorganizations, incorporations, and mergers and acquisitions, among other matters.

Jedlinski’s estates and trust practice sees him advising both personal and business clients on issues including estate and succession business planning.

He also runs a smaller business immigration law practice, mainly for U.S.-based clients.

“I enjoy working with clients who need help navigating through the requirements of getting professionals, executives, senior managers and other skilled workers into Canada for work or other business reasons,” Jedlinski says.

His clients operate in a wide variety of sectors and include doctors, dentists and others providing medical services through their own corporations. Whatever the nature of their work, Jedlinski prides himself on learning their business inside and out.

“I very much enjoy dealing with clients hands-on,” he says. “I like getting to know them, so I can help them achieve their goals.”

Even before his legal career took off, there was a distinctly corporate feel to Jedlinski’s interests. After graduating from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he initially aimed to train as an accountant but took a different path after finding demand low in the market during the economic downturn of the early 1980s.

He then spent a number of years working supervising various departments at Chrysler’s Canadian headquarters, before returning to the University of Windsor, this time at its law faculty.

“Because of my background, I was focused more on business law classes,” says Jedlinski, who was called to the bar in 1992.

He remains actively engaged in the local community, having served in various roles at the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation as a director, secretary, finance chair and governance and bylaw chair. He is also a founding director of River Garden Homes (Windsor) Inc., a non-profit housing corporation providing geared-to-income housing to East Windsor.

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