Our Team



Tamming Law is a law firm committed to the wellbeing of our neighbours in Owen Sound, Port Elgin, the Blue Mountains and throughout the surrounding areas. For 3 decades, individuals and families throughout our region have turned to John Tamming and his skilled legal team for prudent, effective counsel. Learn more about our team below and contact Tamming Law today to discuss your case in detail.

John A. Tamming
John A. Tamming


John was born in Strathroy, Ontario.   He grew up surrounded by Dutch immigrant dairy farmers, shopkeepers and factory workers. During one summer, he framed turkey barns for $2.65 per hour and unsuccessfully attempted to stage a strike for more.  He has never forgotten his blue collar days and has a passion for the underdog.

John holds a B.A. (Phil.) and M. Div. from Calvin College and Seminary, Michigan.  He then obtained his law degree from Western University in London. After several years in a large Bay Street law firm, he decided small cities and towns were more his style.  He has lived and practiced law in Grey County for the last 30 years.  John has litigated motor vehicle claims, catastrophic injuries, slip and fall cases, failed real estate and commercial deals and everything in between.  He appears regularly at the Ontario Superior Courts throughout this region and has appeared often at Divisional Court, numerous tribunals and the Ontario Court of Appeal.  He enjoys a challenge and is as curious about life and his clients as he is about the law.

John and his spouse Wendy Bye have six children between them.  In his spare time, John researches local history and collects Canadian contemporary art.  He plays hockey three times a week, dabbles in soccer and kayaks wherever the lakes on the Bruce will take him.  John was recently elected to a local city council, where he seeks to keep Owen Sound green and its downtown core vibrant.

All a lawyer can offer a client is time and judgment. John aims to engage his clients in their claims and help them understand their options, the legal process and the strengths of their specific case. He’ll recommend a course of action that stands the best chance of success.

John may be reached via email at john@tamminglaw.com

Jessica Macinnes
Jessica Macinnes


For more than 15 years, Jessica MacInnes has worked with John A. Tamming in all areas of practice. She holds a BA from Laurier and is a paralegal licensed with The Law Society of Upper Canada since 2008. Most of her law clerk practice centres on long-term disability (LTD) and motor vehicle claims.

She was born and raised in Meaford, ON and truly loves the area. She lives with her husband and 2 wonderful children on a dairy farm outside of Owen Sound. She understands the rural nature of our beautiful community.

Jessica has always enjoyed a good fight and has found her true calling in life battling for others. It is her pleasure to be entrusted with the responsibility and burden of another person’s problems. She truly gives each client’s issues the same dedication and attention she would give her own.

Jessica may be reached via email at jessica@tamminglaw.com

Mischa Bye
Mischa Bye
Litigation Assistant


Mischa has worked at Tamming Law for nearly a decade.  She is friendly.  She is athletic.  She is patient and kind.  Mischa grew up in the Owen Sound area.  She grew up helping out on the family’s cattle farm and her work ethic is outstanding.

Mischa works on civil litigation and personal injury claims.  Her quiet and patient manner is respected by clients and her ability to communicate helps ensure client’s are always aware of what the next steps in their claim should be.

Mischa may be reached via email at mischa@tamminglaw.com

Tamming Law in the Community

  • John A. Tamming Etymology Award for 2015

    John Tamming would like to congratulate the recipients of the John A. Tamming Etymology award for 2015.

    Below is the award letter.


    Congratulations on your achievement.

    As you know, the Tamming Law Scholarship is awarded to the student who best possesses an aptitude for oral and/or written advocacy and argument (etymology) and also presents an avid interest in local and world history.

    Etymology is defined as ‘pleading or arguing for a cause’ and is the backbone of the legal profession.

    Oratory skills and the art of speaking in public are critical to any professional in their career. Winston Churchill, one of the finest orators ever, once said “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word; freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.”

    It is my hope that these skills will lead you to success in your chosen field of study and your future endeavors. We wish you all the best.


    John A. Tamming Here is what some of our recipients have said. Letter 1 Letter 2 Letter 3
  • Outdoor Soccer a Division Champs


    For the 2nd year in a row, John Tamming Law are the 2015 Outdoor A Division Champs, Owen Sound Minor Soccer (Recreational League)
  • Tamming Law Is Proud to Support the Owen Sound Poet Laureate
    The Owen Sound Little Theatre (OSLT) is pleased to announce the selection of Chatsworth-area poet Terry Burns as Owen Sound’s fourth Poet Laureate. Chosen from an impressive field of applicants, Terry Burns is a prolific writer. She has written novels, short stories, essays, non-fiction works and poems that capture the imagination and resonate with the Owen Sound community. Over the years, she’s contributed many pieces to Mosaic and served as coordinator of the Words Aloud Spoken Word and Storytelling Festival. Terry says she is fascinated by the way poetry is practiced in everyday life. “We forget about the fact that people continue to practice it every day in a populist way—things like rap and hip hop.” As Poet Laureate, she looks forward to writing more poetry about Owen Sound, giving public poetry readings and working with other local poets. “As I explore my own poetry, I also want to reach out to poets around the region and explore together.” Read poems written by Terry Burns and learn more about The Historic Roxy Theatre and OSLT by visiting their website.
  • Tamming Law Sponsors the Owen Sound Cultural Awards’ Emerging Artist
    Tamming Law is proud to once again support the Owen Sound Cultural Awards ceremony. This year’s Emerging Artist award was given to Leah Mathies, a true talent. The award was given to Miss Mathies following the release of her June 2013 EP entitled ‘Mesmerized.’ Miss Mathies has opened for such acts as Beverley Mahood, Jamie Warren and many other CCMA artists at the Orillia Opera House. Her music is a catchy blend of beautiful vocals and lyrics that explore deep social issues to create a truly unique, truly mesmerizing sound. “I’m thrilled to receive the Emerging Artist award for 2014 and for the encouragement this has given me to keep pursuing my dreams,” she said. John Tamming is proud to once again sponsor the Emerging Artist award at the 2015 Owen Sound Cultural Awards. The prize will be given on February 15, 2015.
  • Tamming Law Supports Sydenham Community School Breakfast Program
    Tamming Law is proud to support the Sydenham Community School’s breakfast and snack program. A team of volunteers prepares food every morning for almost every student in the school to enjoy, whether in breakfast club or on a tray delivered straight to the classroom. Healthy snacks build healthy minds! The school’s program also provides snacks during the day to students who have little or no lunch. In May 2014, the school awarded John Tamming and his team with a Certificate of Appreciation for Tamming Law’s donations.
  • Owen Sound Cultural Awards 2014
    This is it! 40 award nominations, 37 nominees and it all comes down to one afternoon event at which the recipients of the fifth annual Owen Sound Cultural Awards will be announced, awards handed out, speeches given and much love expressed for the cultural community. Tamming Law is proud to support the event. Please visit the Owen Sound Cultural Awards’ site for more information on the nominees and winners of each category.
  • Our 211 Efforts in Owen Sound
    Tamming Law has been proud to help spread the word about 211 services in Bruce Grey and throughout the surrounding region. In addition to a media push in newspapers and local television, Tamming Law helped supply coffee sleeves emblazoned with the 211 number for maximum visibility. Check back soon for more information on Tamming Law’s community involvement!