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 area of eDiscovery, including the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee (now the Digital Evidence and eDiscovery Working Group), which she chaired from 2014-2018.  She is also Co-Chair of the E-Hearings Task Force, which is a bench and bar committee that develops best practices for digital hearings in Ontario.  Kathryn currently sits on the Policy and Equality Committees of the Canadian Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Lawyers Association and 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.

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 (2020)
    Litigation Star: Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Securities, Product Liability and Recall
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada (2020, 2019, 2018, 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: 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).