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Catherine Beagan Flood

Catherine Beagan Flood
Catherine Beagan Flood Partner | Toronto
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Recent cases that Cathy has been involved with include:

  • Acted as lead counsel to the successful appellant in Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang, the leading Supreme Court of Canada decision interpreting Canada's private-sector privacy legislation

  • Acted as lead counsel to Merck in Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. v. Canada (Health) with respect to the confidentiality of third-party information requested under the Access to Information Act

  • Appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in 16 other appeals on regulatory, constitutional, class action and tort law issues

  • Counsel to a public-sector entity, gaming facility, automotive manufacturers and an investment company in class actions relating to alleged privacy breaches

  • National counsel for Merck & Co. and Merck Frosst with respect to the Vioxx class actions commenced across Canada

  • Counsel in numerous antitrust class actions, including proceedings relating to computer operating systems, polyether polyols, hydrogen peroxide, chocolate, LCD panels, optical disk drives, SRAM and CRT

  • Counsel to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts of the Legislative Assembly for Ontario with respect to its inquiry regarding the Ornge air ambulance service

  • Counsel to the Government of Canada with respect to the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission

  • Counsel to Labatt in Canada (Commissioner of Competition) v. Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. (affirming Competition Tribunal decision regarding Labatt take-over of Lakeport)

  • Represented the House of Commons with respect to parliamentary privilege before the Gomery Commission of Inquiry into Sponsorship Activities and the Arar Commission of Inquiry

Awards & Recognition

Benchmark has named Cathy as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation for each of the past five years (2014-2018). She is also recognized as a leading litigation lawyer in the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2020 Edition (Litigation Star)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Class Actions, Litigation - Regulatory & Public Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Data Privacy & Protection, Life Sciences - Product Liability)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2018-2020 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Class Actions, Litigation - Public Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2019 (Life Sciences)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2018 (Product Liability Defence)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Litigation - Public Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2018 Edition (Litigation Star - Class Action, Competition, General Commercial and Product Liability)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution)

  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences (Product Liability Defence)

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2007 ("Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40")

Professional Activities

Cathy currently serves on the Blakes Executive Committee.

She taught a course on privacy and freedom of information at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2000 to 2008. From 1997 to 1998, she was law clerk to The Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, P.C., C.C., Chief Justice of Canada.

Professional Appearances
  • Co-chair: Digital Evidence for Litigators
    The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, February 26, 2020.
  • Speaker: Data Breaches and Cyber Incidents in Review: Understanding the Legal Risks and Damages
    Data Breaches & Cybersecurity Incidents: The Legal Guide to Preparedness and Response, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario, November 1, 2019.
  • Speaker: Crisis Management Roundtable, Cybersecurity Data Breach
    2019 Quorum Club Programme, Toronto, Ontario, September 25-26, 2019.
  • Speaker: Let's talk money: What is my exposure for a privacy breach?
    NetDiligence® Cyber Risk Summit, Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2019.
  • Chair: Legal Drafting for Litigators Program
    The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, February 6, 2019.
  • Speaker: Class Actions and Critical Practice Updates
    Cybersecurity and Privacy Law for Litigators, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, November 9, 2018.
  • Speaker: Human Rights Developments
    2018 Legal Section Annual Meeting, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, Montreal, Quebec, October 10-12, 2018.
  • Speaker: Canada’s Data Opportunity
    Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Toronto, Ontario, April 10, 2018.
  • Speaker: Surveillance and Cyberattacks
    New Developments in Communications Law and Policy Conference, International Institute of Communications, Canadian Chapter, Ottawa, Ontario, November 14-15, 2017.
  • Speaker: Canadian Update: Top 5 Regulatory Decisions and Guidance
    CBA Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario, October 27-28, 2017.
  • Speaker: Litigation Strategies Involving Privacy and Access Issues
    A Special Litigation Presentation: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law for Litigators, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, October 23, 2017.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Digital privacy evolves in class actions
    Article by Aidan Macnab, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, September 16, 2019.
  • Quoted: Leading in Litigation
    Article by Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 1, January 2018.
  • Quoted: IoT to impose ‘incredible’ legal responsibility on telecoms: panel
    Article by Ahmad Hathout, The Wire Report, November 15, 2017.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2000
LL.M., Harvard Law School - 1999
LL.B. (Gold Medallist), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University - 1997
B.A., University of Prince Edward Island - 1994
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