Nicole Henderson
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2399

Nicole's practice focuses on class actions, particularly in the areas of product liability and privacy. She also practises public law, including constitutional, freedom of information, administrative, and regulatory law. Much of Nicole's experience has been gained in large, document-intensive matters involving complex technical, scientific or medical evidence.

Nicole has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario. Prior to joining Blakes, she clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Member of the trial team in the first medical products class action to go to trial in Ontario (146 trial days), which obtained a trial ruling dismissing the action against one of the world's leading manufacturers of life-saving cardiac devices in a national class action claiming more than a billion dollars in damages, alleging negligent design, testing and warning
  • Counsel to a leading manufacturer of heavy equipment, successfully obtaining early summary judgment in a product liability action claiming over $7 million in damages
  • Counsel to a Canadian trust company, successfully obtaining early dismissal of a class action alleging fraud in connection with the administration of a trust
  • Counsel on a judicial review application under the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act addressing the scope of the third party information exemption
  • Counsel to a public-sector entity, gaming facility, and an investment company in class actions related to alleged privacy breaches
  • Acting for leading multinational manufacturers and distributors in the defence of various product liability class actions and individual claims involving pharmaceutical medicines and medical devices
  • Counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in an intervention in a case involving the rights of temporary migrant workers under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
PUBLICATIONS
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Author: Canada Chapter
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability, 15th Edition, Global Legal Group, May 2017.
Co-author: Privacy Class Actions Five Years after Jones v. Tsige - Key Ontario and Federal Court Decisions
Privacy Class Actions: Defining the Standard of Care and Exploring the Impacts of a Breach, Ontario Bar Association's Institute, Toronto, Ontario, February 8, 2017.
Co-author: Changing the Face of Public Law Litigation in Canada: Paradis Honey Ltd. v. Canada
Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation Journal, Volume XII, No. 4, 2016.
Co-author: Class Action Reform: The Law Commission of Ontario Review of the Class Proceedings Act
Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 83, No. 1, pp 32-44, January 2016.
Presented at Privacy Class Actions in Canada, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 19, 2015.
Co-author: The Ontario Law Commission Review of the Class Proceedings Act
presented at DRI Class Actions Seminar, Washington D.C., July 24, 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, July 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Program Chair: The Evolution of Class Actions: A Conversation with Harvey Strosberg, Q.C.
Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 24, 2017.
Moderator: 160 Girls Project
Practices in the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women: Key Insights and Case Studies, Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, June 9, 2017.
Panellist: Cybersecurity and Privacy Class Actions
Ahead of the Class: Important Updates and Developments in Class Actions, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 2, 2017.
Speaker: Hot Topics in Product Liability Class Actions
8th Annual Class Actions Colloquium, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, December 5, 2016.
Speaker: Trends and Hot Topics in Privacy Class Actions
Class Actions for Litigators, Law Society of Upper Canada, November 15, 2016.
Speaker: Challenging the Regulators
Blakes Business Class Life Sciences Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2016
Speaker: Tools of the Trade - Technology for E-Trials Big and Small
A Special Litigation Presentation: Electronic Trials, The Advocates' Society, Toronto, Ontario, June 23, 2016.
Panellist: Counsel's Procedural Toolkit: Highlights of the Year
7th Annual Class Actions Colloquium, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, December 1, 2015.
Speaker: Privacy Class Actions
Blakes Business Class Seminar on Cybersecurity and Breach Response, Toronto, Ontario, November 16, 2015.
Speaker: Corporate and Product Liability
Legal Aspects in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, Vancouver Pharmaceutical & BioScience Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 22, 2015.
Speaker: Litigation and Risk Management
Prescription for Law: The World of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2015.
Speaker: Electronic Trials: Practical Considerations
Advanced Litigation Law Program, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, September 16, 2015.
Speaker: Demonstration - Openings, Trial Graphics and Closings
Electronic Trials, Advocates' Society, Toronto, Ontario, June 17, 2015.
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