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Jill Lawrie

Jill M. Lawrie
Jill M. Lawrie Partner | Toronto
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  • Lead counsel to a leading manufacturer of medical solutions to restore pelvic health in class and individual actions alleging negligent design, manufacture and warning

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

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

  • 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

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

Awards & Recognition

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2020 and 2021 – Band 2: Products Liability and Band 5: Class Action Defence – described by the market as “know[ing] a lot about product liability – not just technical knowledge but how cases work” and as “tak[ing] an active role in expert work from vetting to cross-examination and has well-honed judgment from her extensive experience”; 2019 – Band 2: Products Liability – described as “substantively strong” and as “[having] very good litigation instinct and is not afraid to be creative or innovative in litigation strategy”. In previous guides, Jill was described as “very strong” in the products liability space and praised for her case management. One source said: “I would trust her with any sizeable matter with no problem – she is really talented.”)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2016-2021 - Class Action Litigation and Product Liability Law; 2015 - Class Action Litigation)

  • Benchmark Litigation (Top 50 Women in Canada 2020)

  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyer - 2018-2020 (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers - 2016-2020

  • The Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory (2019-2020: Consistently Recommended - Class Actions; 2015-2020: Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation (Product Liability))

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2014-2020 (various Litigation Star recognitions in Class Action, General Commercial and Product Liability)

  • LMG Life Sciences: The Definitive Guide to the Leading Life Sciences Firms and Attorneys in North America - 2013-2020 (Life Sciences Star - Product Liability)

  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law - 2012-2020 (Product Liability)

  • Who’s Who Legal Canada - 2015-2020 (Life Sciences) (2019: “Jill Lawrie is a 'wonderful lawyer' who garners much adulation from observers in the space this year. She is 'a go-to individual' for matters involving issues such as negligent design and failure to warn.”)

  • Who’s Who Legal Canada - 2019-2020 (Product Liability Defence) (“Jill Lawrie is a 'top-tier product liability specialist' who excels in complex class actions for a broad range of clients including pharmaceutical companies, automobile manufacturers and financial institutions.”)

  • Who’s Who Legal Canada - 2015-2019 (Product Liability)

  • Benchmark Litigation (Top 25 Women in Canadian Litigation - 2014 (inaugural) and 2015-2019)

  • LMG Life Sciences Awards (Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year 2018)

  • Benchmark Canada Awards (Product Liability Litigator of the Year 2017)

Professional Activities

Jill has written on many topics, both legal and practical, relating to product liability and class actions. She also regularly participates as a speaker at professional and industry seminars on issues related to product liability and class actions and has taught courses in trial practice at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jill is a member of The Advocates' Society, the Defence Research Institute, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1993
LL.B., University of Western Ontario - 1991
B.A. (Political Science), York University - 1989
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