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Rachel is described by clients as a bold advocate, who is practical, efficient, and a creative problem-solver. Her practice focuses on product liability defence and products-related regulatory issues in the automotive, industrial manufacturing and consumer products sectors. She has extensive experience defending manufacturers in product liability actions, involving products ranging from automobiles, construction, agriculture, and industrial machinery, and recreational vehicles, to fire and security products, consumer products, building materials, and juvenile products.

Rachel acts as national coordinating counsel for several manufacturing clients, managing their product liability litigation matters across Canada. She provides advice to clients in relation to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and routinely handles product recalls, working on global recall teams. She further provides proactive risk management advice and strategies, including warnings and manual reviews.

Rachel is recognized for her expertise in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Litigation: Product Liability. She is the Chair of the Building Products Specialized Litigation Group for the Defence Research Institute (DRI) and is a member of the Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel (FDCC).



News


  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Litigation: Product Liability

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Defence Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL)
  • Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Education & Admissions

2009
Called to the Ontario bar
2008
LLBUniversity of Ottawa
2005
BA University of Western Ontario

Insights (9 Posts)

Featured Insight

Mind the (ebike) Gap: How to Proceed with Product Recalls When There is a Regulatory Gap

While consumer interest in electric bicycles is increasing, regulatory interest in electric bicycles, or ebikes, is waning.

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Sep 22, 2022
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Ontario Superior Court Provides Refresher on Occupiers’ Liability Claims in Martin v. AGO et al.

This decision highlights that occupiers will not be found liable for injuries if they implement and follow a reasonable system of inspection and maintenance.

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May 26, 2022
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Due Means Due: Ontario Court Considers Effect of Pandemic Measures on New Class Action Mandatory Dismissal Deadline

Ontario court upholds automatic dismissal for delay despite temporary suspension of limitations periods and court closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Feb 2, 2022
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The Ontario Court of Appeal Expands the Range of Damages under the Family Law Act for Loss of Care, Guidance, and Companionship

The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently upheld a non-pecuniary damage award from a jury exceeding its previous guidance.

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Jul 27, 2021
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Stopping a Slippery Slope: Ontario Divisional Court Clarifies that Auto Insurance Coverage Applies Only to Direct Causes of Injuries

Ontario Divisional Court clarifies that automobile insurance only applies to direct causes of injury under the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule.

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May 12, 2021
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What Are You Suing Me For? I Had No Control: Lessor Fleet Liability

The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.

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May 12, 2021
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Occupiers’ Liability Amendment: Ontario Shortens Notice Periods for Snow and Ice Related Claims

On December 8 2020 Ontario passed Bill 118 amending the Occupiers Liability Act and shortening the notice period in slip and fall claims from 2 years to 60 days

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Dec 18, 2020
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Litigating During COVID-19: Still Possible

A summary of the key ways to advance or continue litigation during the pandemic.

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May 20, 2020
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Does Your Business Interruption Insurance Cover You for COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet contained and while governments struggle to respond, businesses are bracing for the inevitable economic downturn.

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Mar 23, 2020