Kathryn is a seasoned litigator with broad expertise in all aspects of commercial litigation, particularly complex, multi-party litigation matters.  Representing both organizations and individuals, her experience includes shareholder disputes, product liability litigation, complex contract disputes, civil fraud proceedings, employment litigation, professional negligence, and class actions.

Representing clients both in the Ontario courts and in commercial arbitration proceedings, Kathryn provides her clients with practical, strategic advice at every stage of a dispute, all with a view to maximizing their business goals and achieving cost efficiencies.

In addition to her trial experience, Kathryn has expertise in complex motion and appellate advocacy. Her experience also includes obtaining, executing and enforcing Anton Piller and Mareva injunctions to preserve assets at the outset of litigation.

Kathryn brings a unique perspective to her litigation practice that blends deep experience in commercial litigation with expertise in eDiscovery, honed over nearly two decades working in both large and boutique law firms. She practiced for more than 15 years in the Litigation Departments of two of Canada’s largest national law firms – McMillan LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Prior to founding DMG Advocates, Kathryn ran her own litigation boutique after spending two years as Senior Legal Counsel at Wortzmans, Canada’s pre-eminent e-Discovery and Information Governance boutique law firm where she advised clients on efficient and defensible ways to manage and protect their data, privacy law, and eDiscovery law, and best practices.

Kathryn uses her expertise in discovery planning and eDiscovery to efficiently manage and resolve her clients’ business disputes while keeping their litigation costs under control. Kathryn’s practice also includes advising clients on how to effectively manage their information and on the preparation and implementation of litigation readiness policies and procedures so that when litigation or a cybersecurity breach hits, her clients are ready.

Kathryn is an active participant in bench and bar organizations that provide information, education and resources in the area of eDiscovery, including the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee (EIC), which she has chaired since 2014.  Kathryn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Bar Association where she represents the Toronto Region. She also sits on the Board of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Bar Admission

  • Ontario (1998)

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Queens University (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honours, University of Toronto (1993)
  • Member, 2016-2018 Ontario Bar Association Council, Toronto Region
  • Toronto Region Director, 2017-2018, Board of Directors, Ontario Bar Association
  • Board Member, Toronto Lawyers Association, 2009-2014; 2015 to present
  • Member, Toronto Business Lawyers Network, 2016 to present
  • EIC Chair, 2014 to present; Co-Chair, E-Discovery Institute, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • The Advocates’ Society member
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada (2017, 2016, 2015)
    Commercial Litigation: eDiscovery
  • Certificate in eDiscovery, Records Management, Information Governance and Privacy
    Osgoode (2013)
  • Business Leadership for Women Lawyers Certificate
    Rotman School of Business (2011)
  • Panelist: Sharing Success Strategies – Private Practice Excellence
    Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 12, 2017
  • Speaker/Author: Privacy Update for Business Lawyers
    The Six Minute Business Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 13, 2017
  • Co-Chair: Ontario E-Discovery Institute
    The Advocates Society/Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014
  • Speaker/Author: Privacy and Social Media Minefields – Advising Business Clients How to Protect Themselves
    The Six Minute Business Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 2016
  • Panelist: E-Discovery Essentials
    Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 13, 2015
  • Panelist: Discovery Planning – Key Issues and Strategies
    Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 14, 2015
  • Author/Presenter: Privilege and Confidentiality Issues in the Context of E-Discovery
    The Ontario e-Discovery Institute: e-Discovery for All Cases and All Lawyers, Toronto, Ontario, September 19, 2011.
  • Author/Presenter: Admissibility of Electronic Evidence
    Federated Press: 5th E-Discovery Course, Toronto, Ontario, March 22, 2011.
  • Author/Presenter: Anton Piller Orders – Practical Considerations
    Presented at Injunctions: Winning the Case Before Trial, Ontario Bar Association, October 27, 2010.
  • Author/Presenter: Electronic Discovery on “Small” Files in the Big Firm Setting
    Presented at Electronic Discovery and the Sedona Canada Principles: Best Practices for Dealing with Electronic Information, Toronto, The Law Society of Upper Canada, May 31, 2007.
  • Author/Presenter: Recent Developments in Product Liability and Consumer Class Actions
    Insight, Class Actions: The Second Annual Litigators’ Conference, January 27, 2003.
  • Co-author: Liability for Misrepresentation in the Distribution of Securities in Canada
    Litigation Issues in the Distribution of Securities: An International Perspective, Kluwer Law International and International Bar Association (London: 1997).