Jennifer obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (1999) and her Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario (2002). She was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 2003. Upon her admission to the Bar, Jennifer 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 chair and panelist for various continuing legal education seminars, and a guest speaker and moderator at diverse animal-related sessions. She also appears on a podcast, teaches an Animal Law and Advocacy course, and is regularly quoted and featured as an Animal Law expert in mainstream media.
In June 2016, she opened her own practice devoted exclusively to Animal Law.
For the past 17 years, Jennifer has handled hundreds of animal cases before courts and tribunals across Canada.
Jennifer is in her 20th 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; - breed specific legislation ('pit bull ban'); - by-laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to animals (advice and drafting); - companion animal disputes - condominium clauses; - 'dangerous dog' and 'potentially dangerous dog' designations; - dog bites; - dog breeders; - environmental stewardship; - equine law and environmental contaminants; - government overreach; - pet clauses in wills; - pet ownership disputes; - 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. Her publication was purchased by academics, agencies, lawyers, and law schools across Canada and the United States.