A partner in the commercial litigation group, Barbara’s practice is divided three Ways: Estates Litigation; Employment Law and Litigation; and Commercial Litigation which includes debtor-creditor matters, real property disputes and high-profile class action litigation cases. Her clients range from individuals to owners of privately held businesses, employers, employees, land developers, insurance companies, condominium corporations, and large financial institutions.
Barbara is an experienced Estates Litigator and she has acted on a number of high profile and important 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 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 Estates Litigation practice and her Employment Law 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.
When it comes to representing employees and employers, as well as corporations and institutions, Barbara looks at a situation from various perspectives and skillfully find practical resolutions, frequently through mediation and negotiation.
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 was featured in two CBC Stories, CBC's Go-Public story on the Bier Markt dress code and Insurance company apologizes . 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 Globalnews, Toronto Sun, The Larry Fedoruk Show on 610 CKTB and HR Canadian Reporter.
She is a popular and gifted speaker and has spoken on employment law issues at prestigious outplacement service agencies for human resource professionals. 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 the fall of 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 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.
In her spare time, she enjoys singing, reading and running.