Gemma Healy-Murphy Photo
Gemma Healy-Murphy Photo
Gemma Healy-Murphy Photo

Gemma Healy-Murphy is a skilled litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with particular expertise in leasing, construction and product liability disputes. Gemma has successfully appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Gemma has significant insurance experience and provides advice on all manner of insurance policies, including cyber insurance. Gemma can assist with such issues as scope of coverage, priority of policies, and defence and indemnity obligations. Gemma also regularly assists clients in navigating the insurance claim process, including working with experts in the valuation of business interruption losses.

Gemma enjoys connecting with the Irish community in Canada and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre.

Gemma holds a Master of Laws from Trinity College Dublin and regularly writes on the topics of insurance, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation procedure.

Representative Matters

  • Basile v. Home Depot Canada, 2017 ONSC 728
  • Carroll v. McEwen, 2018 ONCA 902
  • Erectoweld Company Limited v. Procor Limited, 2022 ONSC 1174
  • Erectoweld Company Limited v. Procor Limited, 2022 ONSC 3504 (Div. Ct.)

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Leadership & Innovation

February 2023


Media Mentions

Community Involvement

  • Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, Member of Board of Directors, August 2022 – Present
  • Solace House Canada, Member of Advisory Board to Board of Directors, 2021
  • Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Member, January 2020 to present
  • Nightwood Theatre, Annual Lawyers Show, Cast member, 2019 – 2020

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canada Ireland Bar Association, Founding Member (December 2022)
  • Canadian Association of Women In Construction
  • Society of Construction Law North America
  • The Advocates Society
  • Toronto Construction Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Defence Research Institute

Education & Admissions

Called to the Ontario bar
Distinction Certification in MusicDublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
Masters of Laws (with a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution)Trinity College Dublin, Faculty of Law, Dublin, Ireland
Bachelor of Law (Honours)University College Dublin, Faculty of Law, Dublin, Ireland


  • Making sense of the owner/contractor relationship,” Co-Authored by Gemma Healy-Murphy, Jason J. Annibale and Kaleigh Dunn, Rock to Road Magazine (March/April 2024)
  • Court of Appeal reaffirms limited use of Rule 21.01 for limitations issues,” Law360 Canada (May 12, 2023)
  • Passport to Canada: 10 things that might surprise Irish lawyers about Canada,” Part 1, Irish Legal News (February 9, 2023)
  • Don’t trip on a poorly drafted step clause,” Co-authored with Connor Campbell and Srinidhi Akkur, The Lawyers Daily, This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. (November 3, 2022)
  • “Contributor to Thomson Reuters Practical Law Insurance & Reinsurance Global Guide – Canada Q&A,” Co-authored with Darcy Ammerman and Chris Garrah (2022)
  • “The scope of re-examination on discovery,” Canadian Defence Lawyers, Hearsay (January 2021)
  • “Access to summary judgment post-pandemic: A “Culture Shift” at long last?,” Co-author, The Lawyers’ Weekly (October 2020)
  • “The rights of action of an unborn child,” Co-author, The Lawyers’ Daily (May 2020)
  • “What does it mean to be a reasonable parent?,” The Lawyers’ Daily (Aprril 2020)
  • “Partial settlement agreements: practical realities,” Co-author, Canadian Institute Insurance Law Review, Vol. 1. No. 2 (November 2016)

Insights (3 Posts)View More

Featured Insight

A Comparative Analysis of Commercial Dispute Resolution in Ireland and Canada

The panel will focus on a range of current commercial dispute resolution and access to justice issues affecting Canadian businesses that operate, or are considering operating in Ireland and/or the UK.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Featured Insight

Ontario Seeks to Remove Barriers and Promote Inclusivity for Women on Construction Worksites

Ontario has taken a significant step forward to promoting the inclusion of women in the construction sector.

Read More
Apr 26, 2023
Featured Insight

Interpreting a Contractual Dispute Resolution Clause? Step in the Arbitrator’s Direction

This bulletin discusses a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision on dispute resolution clauses in commercial contracts.

Read More
Oct 24, 2022