MEET MEGAN 

Your Bencher Election 2019 candidate

I grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, and became the first person in my family to go to law school. I spent the first five years of my career at a large, national law firm. In 2001, I left that safe harbour to start a small firm with a group of progressive and dedicated advocates.

I have been a leader, teacher and mentor in my firm and the profession. My involvement in legal and community organizations has allowed me to speak with an informed and motivated voice.

In 2008, I joined the Law Society’s Justicia Project for the Retention of Women. I dug in, and took on a leadership role. That experience was a formative one and made me passionate about the role the Law Society can play to make a real difference in the way we practice law and protect the public.

A significant part of my practice is representing regulators and professionals in the professional regulation context. My approach is one of principled, fair and cost-effective governance.

For the last four years, I had the privilege of serving as a Director of The Advocates’ Society. I had the opportunity to become engaged in the many challenges that confront our profession and the administration of justice, and to take steps to address those challenges. I believe I have more to contribute to the profession. I have the energy and enthusiasm needed to do so.

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Legal Experience

2001->                   
Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

  • Associate Mentor

  • Chair, Professional Development Committe (2011-2016)

  • Diversity Committee (2011-2013)

  • Chair, Associates Committee (2010-2013)

  • Strategic Planning Committee (2009-2011)

  • Clerks Committee (2001-2010)

  • Students Committee (2001-2010)

1997-2001            
Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

1997                      
Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada

1995-1996            
Articling Student, Gowling, Strathy & Henderson LLP

1994                      
Summer Law Student, McCarthy Tétrault

Education

1995                     
LL.B., Dalhousie University Faculty of Law

1992                     
B.Sc. (Honours, Chemistry), Queen's University

Recognition

  • Featured in Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • Featured in the Globe and Mail's Lexpert®/Report on Business Magazine – Leading Litigation Lawyer, December 2018 

  • Lexpert® Zenith Award Celebrating Women in Law – 2017

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers® in Canada – Corporate and Commercial Litigation, since 2014

  • Listed in Benchmark Canada’s Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - "Litigation Star", since 2014

  • Listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2015 – “Consistently Recommended” for Corporate Commercial Litigation

  • Inaugural Recipient of the Honsberger Award, presented by the Toronto Lawyers Association in 2014, in recognition of a single unique accomplishment or ongoing contributions to the legal community and the community at large, exemplifying the TLA’s three pillars: Information, Education, and Advocacy

Contributions to the Profession

2018->                   
Chair, The Advocates' Society, Task Force on Judicial Complement

2014-2018             
Director, The Advocates' Society Board of Directors

  • Diversity Task Force

  • Chair, Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice

  • Vice-Chair, Education Committee

  • Co-Chair, Fall Convention

  • Nominating Committee

2012->                   
Editorial Board, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review

2009                      
Member of Bar Advisory Group on Practice Direction for Civil                                                   Applications, Motions and Other Matters in the Toronto Region

2008-2014            
Law Society of Upper Canada, Justicia Project

  • Retention of Women Steering Committee

  • Co-Chair - Medium Firms Working Group

  • Chair - Compensation for Parental Leaves Working Group

  • Chair - Flexible Work Arrangements Working Group

  • Chair - Leadership Working Group

  • Managing Partners Summit Working Group

2002->                  
Member, The Advocates' Society

  • Task Force on Advocacy, 2004

 

I have spent two decades as a teacher and mentor, contributing presentations and publications to the Law Society, the Advocates' Society, CBA, OBA, and law schools. I am regular faculty at Osgoode's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and speak often on professionalism, ethics, regulatory law, and women in the professions.​

Contributions to the Community

2006-2016             
Chair, Homes First Foundation, Board of Directors

2005-2009             
Director, Homes First Society, Board of Directors

Homes First has been providing supportive housing and shelter for over 35 years to the chronically homeless, people with complex mental health and addiction issues, and seniors. Homes First currently operates 4 shelters, 2 respite sites and 13 housing sites, providing a home and support to more than 750 seniors, families, and single adults.

Professional Affiliations

Board of Directors, The Advocates' Society (2014-2018)

Member, The Advocates' Society

Member, Ontario Bar Association

Member, Toronto Lawyers Association

© 2019 by  Megan Shortreed

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