A partner in the commercial litigation group, Barbara’s practice is divided three ways: Employment Law; Estates Litigation; and Commercial Litigation (which includes debtor-creditor matters and real estate disputes.) Her clients frequently include: employers; employees; owners of small and privately held businesses; land developers; insurance companies; and large financial institutions.
Barbara is an experienced employment lawyer and litigator. She has represented both employers and employees with matters such as: termination packages; wrongful dismissals; employment contracts; workplace policies; human rights and Ontario Labour Relations Board matters; and workplace investigations. Barbara was featured in three CBC Stories, CBC's Go-Public story on the Bier Markt dress code, Insurance company apologizes, and Uber driver’s racist slur caught on video. She was also a guest on the CBC News Now hosted by Suhana Meharchand. Barbara has been a guest on CBC Radio's Province-Wide show Ontario Today hosted by Rita Celli, and has also appeared in various media sources including Global news, Toronto Sun, The Larry Fedoruk Show on 610 CKTB and HR Canadian Reporter. In November, 2022, Barbara was featured as a guest on Jim Richards’ show on @Newstalk 1010 discussing the impact of electronic monitoring policies at work.
She is a popular and gifted speaker and frequently speaks on employment law issues at prestigious outplacement service agencies. Further, in February 2017, Barbara presented at the Greater Dufferin Homebuilders' Association. In March 2016, Barbara spoke at Insight's "Workplace Rights & Accommodations Forum 2016." In October 2015, Barbara provided an employment law seminar at the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's "Beyond the Blueprint" annual conference. Barbara is also a HAPPEN-approved personal service provider of legal services to HAPPEN's members.
Barbara also has a busy estates litigation practice and she has acted on a number of high profile cases. She has also acted as an Estate Trustee During Litigation. For more than a decade, she has routinely dealt with: Will challenges and defence; allegations of abuse of Powers of Attorney (POA); allegations of elder abuse; beneficiaries’ entitlements under a Will; dependant support and relief claims; guardianship applications; executor’s obligations; the passing of accounts; and unjust enrichment claims.
Barbara enjoys giving seminars on the fundamentals of Estates Litigation. In June, 2021 and September, 2019 she was a speaker at the GTA Accountants Network (GTAAN/GTAFN). Barbara publishes regular articles on estates law and litigation. Some of her recent articles include: " Estranged Couples Who Don't Change Their Wills: Unintended Consequences "and " In Ontario, Not Everyone Can Challenge a Will ".
The common thread in Barbara’s employment law and estates litigation practice is her understanding that these cases are laden with strong emotional undercurrents. Her counsel to clients during such stressful times is measured and wise.
Barbara is a strong and natural communicator - skills she uses to the benefit of her clients. At the same time, her clients appreciate her ability to obtain excellent results in a cost-conscious manner. Outgoing and personable, she helps them feel comfortable by taking the time to explain the legal process and outline their options. Wherever possible, she encourages and facilitates early resolutions.
Barbara frequently publishes articles in legal journals, for legal conferences and for circulation to clients and has a regular column with Ontario Homebuilder Magazine where she writes on employment law matters. Please see one of her recent articles published in The Lawyer's Daily: " Key Considerations for Employers managing the fallout from Covid-19."
In her spare time, she enjoys singing, reading and running.
- Awards and Recognition
- Community Involvement
- York University, B.A., With Distinction, 1996
- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1999
- Seneca College, certified to teach adult education, 2006
- Canadian Bar Association
- Law Society of Ontario
- The Advocates Society
- Nominated for the Bert J. MacKinnon Scholarship
- York Law Association Centennial Prize for the Medical-Legal Seminar
- Parkdale Community Legal Services, Caseworker