Jill M. Lawrie
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3082

Jill's litigation and dispute resolution practice focuses on product liability matters and class actions. She has appeared at all levels of the courts in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Jill has acted for both start-up and established clients involved in numerous industries, including manufacturers of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and all manner of food and consumer products, as well as for professional service organizations, financial institutions and insurers.

Jill is regularly asked to provide proactive advice to corporations on product warnings, recalls and litigation risks including advice related to various regulatory issues under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. Much of her litigation experience has been gained in large, document-intensive cases involving complex financial, technical, scientific and medical issues, often with a cross-border or multi-jurisdictional focus.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Lead counsel to a leading manufacturer of medical solutions to restore pelvic health in class and individual actions alleging negligent design, manufacture and warning

  • Trial counsel in the first medical products class action (146 trial days) to go to trial in Ontario obtaining a trial ruling dismissing the action for 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, manufacture and recall (awarded 2013 Canadian Product Liability Case of the Year by LMG Life Sciences)

  • Counsel to a major North American bank in a class action alleging the receipt of interest on credit card transactions in excess of the maximum permitted by law

  • Counsel to a leading manufacturer of defibrillators in a class action alleging negligent design, manufacture and warning

  • Canadian member of worldwide counsel network for a leading international confectionary company providing proactive advice on litigation risks and defending product liability claims

  • Counsel to a North American vehicle manufacturer in a class action alleging negligent design, testing and manufacture

  • Counsel to a leading consumer goods manufacturer in a class action alleging negligence, warranty and breaches of consumer protection laws

  • Counsel to a multinational pharmaceutical company in a proposed class action alleging failure to warn

  • Appeal counsel in two noteworthy decisions in the Supreme Court of Canada

  • Counsel to a defendant in a class action seeking the recovery of funds invested in a third party's fraudulent scheme

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Jill is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2018 - Litigation: Nationwide (Band 3) and included as a Notable Practitioner in the Firm's Band 1 ranking for Products Liability) Described by the market as "very strong in that space".

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2016-2018 - Class Action Litigation and Product Liability Law; 2015 - Class Action Litigation))

  • Who's Who Legal Canada: Product Liability (2015-2017)

  • Who's Who Legal Canada: Life Sciences (2015-2017)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2017 - Litigation: Nationwide (Band 3) and included as a Notable Practitioner in the Firm's Band 1 ranking for Products Liability); and 2016 - Litigation: Products Liability - Praised for her case management, one source said: "I would trust her with any sizeable matter with no problem - she is really talented.")

  • The Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory (2015-2017 - Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation - Product Liability)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2014-2016 - various Litigation Star recognitions in Class Action, General Commercial and Product Liability)

  • Benchmark Litigation's "Top 25 Women in Canadian Litigation" (2014 (inaugural) and 2015-2017)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law (2012-2017 - Product Liability)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers 2016

  • LMG Life Sciences: The Definitive Guide to the Leading Life Sciences Firms and Attorneys in North America (2013-2015 - Life Sciences Star - Product Liability)

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Post Certification but Pre-Trial...
14th National Symposium on Class Actions, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, April 6, 2017.
Speaker: The Threshold for Admissibility of Scientific Evidence
Science, Evidence and Persuasion: Mastering Science in the Courtroom, The Advocates' Society, Toronto, Ontario, December 9, 2016.
Speaker: Class Action Risk
Beyond Cards: Evolving Regulation of Payments, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 20, 2016.
Speaker: Canadian Class Actions and other Assorted Tweets
The Network of Trial Law Firms, Phoenix, AZ, April 2016.
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