Kate is a fully bilingual litigator, born and raised in Ottawa, who practices in the areas of employment law, health law, and insurance defence. She represents a wide variety of parties involved in civil litigation and has helped resolve significant claims regarding wrongful dismissals, personal injury, and contentious contractual disputes. Kate has an active practice advising private individual, business, and insurer clients on meeting their legislative, contractual, and human rights obligations while effectively managing their costs. Kate, who joined the firm in 2015, now regularly appears before the Ontario Superior Court and Small Claims Court, as well as various administrative tribunals.
A natural advocate, Kate has been standing up to defend the rights of others throughout her career. Prior to pursuing a career in law, as a Developmental Disability Specialist, Kate worked for national non-profits and healthcare organizations in program management focusing on crisis prevention with vulnerable populations. She later worked in disability adjudication for national insurers and was engaged by class action adjudicators to advise on medical appeals and threshold issues. Her experience reviewing medical and disability files helps her to quickly assess complex claims and to identify the next steps for resolving matters efficiently.
During her legal studies, Kate received various honours for her academic excellence, winning both the Perley-Robertson, Hill and McDougall Prize for Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility as well as the Beament Green Prize for Trial Advocacy.
Since her call to the Ontario bar in 2017, Kate remains passionate about access to justice and meaningful advocacy. She is the former President of the local Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) group, and volunteers for Pro Bono Ontario and the Women’s Network of Feminist Legal Mentors. She also sits on the Ottawa Health Science Network’s Research and Ethics Board.