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Diversity in knowledge and experience have been the cornerstones of my legal practice. For the past ten years as insurance defence counsel, I have represented clients in Superior Court, at FSCO and before the License Appeal Tribunal. I have specialized knowledge in accident benefits, LAT disputes, priority matters and tort defence work. For several years, I also actively litigated matters dealing with income security, disability law and human rights. My varied portfolio of litigation experience allows me to provide a multifaceted perspective into every matter we work on together. 

Since my call to the Bar in 2012, I have developed an expertise in the area of conducting examinations under oath and investigating automobile, property and residential anti-fraud claims. Parallel to my insurance defence practice, I have acted as a workplace investigator dealing with claims of harassment. As a neutral third party, I was tasked with carrying out interviews, collecting and analyzing evidence and making defensible findings of fact in the context of sensitive situations. 

Volunteerism has always been important to me. For many years I volunteered with Pro Bono Ontario in the drop-in centre, on the legal help line and as a youth advocate via the Education Project. I recently became an Advisor with Coach and Advisor Network, a mentoring program provided through the Law Society of Ontario. I am also a member of the Governance Committee with the Housing Help Centre, a member of the Women's Caucus with the Canadian Defence Lawyers and a member of the Ontario Bar Association. 

Part of my “diversity in experience” comes from my career prior to becoming a lawyer. I worked for several years in the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, and I also dedicated many years to working with precariously housed people, vulnerable youth and people in conflict with the law. Each of these experiences have been building blocks, underpinning my personal and professional development.  

I have two beautiful children and a beloved Great Dane, Franklin, who fill my life with happiness (and always keep me on my toes). I love running through High Park and spending time with friends. 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Partner, Schultz Frost LLP, Toronto (2022 - present)

In-House Counsel, Intact Insurance, Toronto (2021 - 2022)

In-House Counsel, TD Insurance, Toronto (2020 - 2021)

Workplace Investigator and Trainer, Rublin Thomlinson LLP, Toronto (2019 - 2020)

In-House Counsel, Desjardins Insurance, Toronto (2016 -2019)

Associate, Hughes Amys LLP, Toronto (2013 - 2016)

Associate, Regan Desjardins LLP, Toronto (2012 - 2013)

Student-At-Law, Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (2011 - 2012)

 

EDUCATION

Year of call: 2012

Certificate, Mediation/Negotiation, Western University (2011)

Bachelor of Laws LL.B., Western University (2011)

Master of Anthropology M.A., Dalhousie University (2006)

Bachelor of Arts B.A., Anthropology, McGill University (2003)

 

AWARDS

Canada Law Book Prize in Civil Procedure (Highest Grade in Civil Procedure), U.W.O Faculty of Law, 2011

Genest Murray Award in Advocacy, U.W.O Faculty of Law, 2011 

Honourable Mayer Lerner Q.C. Award, (Highest Grade in Human Rights), U.W.O Faculty of Law, 2011 

First Place - BLG Client Counselling Competition, U.W.O Faculty of Law, 2010 

CIPA Innovation Award Silver Medal, St. Michael’s Hospital, 2009 

Academic Achievement Scholarship, Dalhousie University, 2003 

Graduate Studies Scholarship, Dalhousie University, 2003

 

PUBLICATIONS

Post #MeToo Considerations of Sexual Harassment: BC Human Rights Tribunal Weighs In, March 1, 2020

Somewhere over the rainbow: Dealing with evidence stored on a cloud, January 15, 2020

Forbes v TD General Insurance Company, 2021 CanLII 60463 (ON LAT)
2021-07-12
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Written LAT Hearing dismissing claims for MIG and various OCF-18s.
SSZ v Certas Direct Insurance Company, 2019 CanLII 119746 (ON LAT)
2019-10-30
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Written LAT Hearing dismissing claims for MIG and various OCF-18s.
18-002240 v Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company, 2019 CanLII 43897 (ON LAT)
2019-05-08
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LAT Hearing confirming applicant was not principally dependent upon his father for finances and therefore not an "insured person".
17-007961 v The Personal Insurance Company, 2018 CanLII 115671 (ON LAT)
2018-10-09
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Written LAT Hearing dismissing claims for MIG and various OCF-18s.
17-002301 v The Personal Insurance Company, 2017 CanLII 77345 (ON LAT)
2017-11-07
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Written LAT Hearing confirming "Ferawana" argument did not apply - Application dismissed.
16-000338 v The Personal Insurance Company, 2016 CanLII 106586 (ON LAT)
2016-10-20
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Interesting LAT Motion Decision confirming that a recording of an expert made without notice to the expert was not admissible.