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.
Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
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)
Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada
Articling Student, Gowling, Strathy & Henderson LLP
Summer Law Student, McCarthy Tétrault
LL.B., Dalhousie University Faculty of Law
B.Sc. (Honours, Chemistry), Queen's University
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
Chair, The Advocates' Society, Task Force on Judicial Complement
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
Editorial Board, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review
Member of Bar Advisory Group on Practice Direction for Civil Applications, Motions and Other Matters in the Toronto Region
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
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
Chair, Homes First Foundation, Board of Directors
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.
Board of Directors, The Advocates' Society (2014-2018)
Member, The Advocates' Society
Member, Ontario Bar Association
Member, Toronto Lawyers Association