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.  Kathryn leverages technology in all her files, including at examinations and hearings, to ensure that matters are more efficient. She has conducted hearings and examinations both virtually and by utilizing electronic data during in person attendances.

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. Prior to founding DMG Advocates, Kathryn ran her own litigation boutique after spending two years as Senior Legal Counsel at 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 has also provided expert evidence on discovery planning and eDiscovery principles in the Superior Court of Justice.

Kathryn is an active participant in bench and bar organizations that provide information, education and resources in the areas of Civil Procedure and eDiscovery.  She is a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee and sits on the Superior Court of Justice’s Civil Working Group. Kathryn is also the Chair of Sedona Canada, which is Working Group 7 of The Sedona Conference. Kathryn sits on the Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and a is a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Lawyers Association. She also sits on the Ontario Bar Association’s Council as a representative for the Toronto Region.  Kathryn sat on the Board of Directors of the OBA from 2017 to 2020, including on the Executive as Secretary in the 2019-2020 term. She is a longstanding member of the Ontario Digital Evidence and eDiscovery Working Group, which she chaired from 2014-2018.

Bar Admission

  • Ontario (1998)

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Queens University (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honours, University of Toronto (1993)
  • Secretary, Ontario Bar Association Board of Directors, 2019-2020
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association Council, Toronto Region, 2016 to present
  • Chair, Policy and Public Affairs, Board of Directors, Ontario Bar Association, 2018-2019
  • Toronto Region Director, Board of Directors, Ontario Bar Association, 2017-2018
  • Board Member, Toronto Lawyers Association, 2009-2014; 2015 to present
  • Member, Toronto Business Lawyers Network, 2016 to present
  • EIC Chair, 2014 to 2018; Co-Chair, E-Discovery Institute, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • The Advocates’ Society member
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2017 to present
  • Benchmark Litigation (2021-2022)
    Litigation Star: Commercial, Securities, Product Liability and Recall
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada (2015-2021)
    Commercial Litigation: eDiscovery
  • Toronto’s Top Lawyers 2021, Post Toronto
  • Certificate in eDiscovery, Records Management, Information Governance and Privacy
    Osgoode (2013)
  • Business Leadership for Women Lawyers Certificate
    Rotman School of Business (2011)
  • Author: The Oppression Remedy’s Broad Reach – Personal Liability of Officers and Directors and Creditors as Claimants
    The Annual Review of Civil Litigation – 2022, Thomson Reuters Canada, Publication Pending, Fall 2022
  • Moderator: Judicial Competencies: Certificate Program Sessions 6, 2 and 1 – Basics of Judicial Reasoning; Judicial Independence; Judicial Application and Appointment Process
    Ontario Bar Association, Online Live, April 7, 2021, May 19, 2021 and April 14, 2022
  • Panelist: Introducing Evidence at Trial
    Your First Civil Trial, Ontario Bar Association, Online Live, March 4, 2021 and March 31, 2022
  • Panelist: Gathering, Preserving and Disclosing Digital Evidence
    Digital Evidence for Litigators, The Advocates Society, Online Live, March 30, 2022
  • Editorial Team Member: The Sedona Canada Principles, Third Edition
    The Sedona Conference, Working Group 7, Sedona Canada, January 2022
  • Co-Editor: Enforcement of Money Judgments – Canada Chapter (Common Law Jurisdictions)
    Juris Publishing Inc., 2019; 2021
  • Co-Chair: Ontario Digital Evidence and e-Discovery Institute
    Ontario Bar Association, Online Live, November 25, 2020 and November 22, 2021
  • Co-Author: International Liability of Corporate Directors – Canada Chapter
    Center for International Legal Studies, November 2021
  • Speaker: Common Privilege Issues Encountered in e-Discovery
    Osgoode Certificate in e-Discovery, Information Governance and Privacy, Online Live, September 21, 2021
  • Co- Author: Rule 60.01-60.10 Chapter
    Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario, Noel Semple (ed.), Canadian Legal Information Institute, September 2021 (2021 CanLIIDocs 1981)
  • Moderator: Pre-Trials for Young Lawyers: A Virtual Chat with Justice Akbarali
    Toronto Lawyers’ Association, Online Live, April 16, 2021
  • Panelist: E-Hearing – Is it a Revolution?
    Council of Federal Tribunal Chairs, Online Live, November 26, 2020
  • Panelist: Master Remote Commissioning and the Effective Management of Digital Documents
    Ontario Bar Association, Online Live, November 19, 2020
  • Panelist: Virtual Civil Litigation: Tips, Tricks and Practical Insights
    Thunder Bay Law Association, Online Live, October 29, 2020
  • Author: E-Litigation in a Covid-19 World
    Presented at The Six Minute Debtor-Creditor and Insolvency Lawyer, Law Society of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, October 28, 2020
  • Panelist: Today’s Advocacy Challenge
    Mastering Remote Interactions with the Courts, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 21, 2020
  • Panelist: Anton Piller and Mareva Orders
    A Deep Dive Into Injunctions and Extraordinary Remedies, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, December 11, 2019
  • Panelist: Technology, Litigation and the Law
    Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 28, 2019
  • Moderator: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
    Women in Litigation Toronto Forum, Benchmark Women in Litigation, October 24, 2019
  • Speaker: Preparing for an Electronic Trial or Arbitration
    The Advocates Society, Toronto, Ontario, April 9, 2018
  • 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)