In 1999, Jennifer obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. In 2002, she obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario. Jennifer was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 2003. Upon her admission to the Bar, she practised administrative law and corporate litigation.
In 2006, Jennifer was hired as the first ever General Counsel for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In 2008, she released the inaugural edition of the book, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Annotated.
In December 2008, Jennifer was hired by the Ontario (horse) Racing Commission as Litigation Counsel.
In 2012, her submissions to the Ontario Bar Association led to the creation of the province's first section dedicated exclusively to Animal Law; just the second of its kind in Canada. She acted as Chair from 2012-2014. Jennifer has been a panelist on continuing legal education seminars, a guest speaker at diverse animal-related sessions, and trained employees.
In June 2016, she opened her own practice devoted exclusively to Animal Law.
For the past 16 years, Jennifer has handled hundreds of animal cases before courts and tribunals across Canada.
Jennifer is in her 19th year of legal practice. She has developed strong expertise in administrative law and litigation arguing in front of various adjudicative tribunals and in courts across Canada. She is well-versed on municipal by-laws and regulations, provincial statutes, and federal laws related to domesticated animals, farm animals and wildlife.
She has handled a diverse array of client matters pertaining to the following:
- animal adoptions; - animal control; - animal cruelty; - animal rescue groups; - animal shelters; - border crossing disputes; - by-laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to animals (advice and drafting); - condominium clauses; - breed specific legislation ('pit bull ban'); - 'dangerous dog' and 'potentially dangerous dog' designations; - dog bites; - dog breeders; - environmental stewardship; - equine law and environmental contaminants; - pet custody and ownership; - pet clauses in wills; - plant-based businesses; - product labelling - product liability; - regulation of horse racing; - veterinary malpractice; - wrongful death.
Jennifer has spoken on a variety of topics across Canada related to animal law including adjudication, animal cruelty provisions, cruelty investigations, equine law, prosecutions, statutory analysis, zoos and aquariums, and plant-based businesses/lifestyles.
She may be available as a speaker on request.
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In 2008, Jennifer authored the inaugural edition of Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Annotated. The publication was purchased by academics, agencies, lawyers, and law schools across Canada and the United States.