A sophisticated and business-minded litigator with deep market insight, Gillian guides clients through the legal and regulatory developments on matters ranging from securities litigation to class actions.
Gillian is the practice group leader for Torys’ litigation department and co-head of the firm’s securities defence practice. Her practice focuses on securities litigation and corporate disputes.
On the securities side of her practice, Gillian frequently acts for capital market participants in securities class actions, professional liability claims and regulatory investigations involving the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association and the Ontario Securities Commission. As a complement to her securities regulatory work, she advises financial institutions on investigations involving consumer protection matters.
Gillian also maintains an active commercial litigation practice, representing corporations in contested transaction matters, shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims and other business torts. She has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Yukon Court of Appeal.
Clients commend her as ‘extremely intelligent, very detail-oriented and thorough,’ with others noting her as a ‘super responsive, strategic thinker, with good practical understanding of in-house legal practice.’
—Chambers Canada, 2021
Recognition and Awards
Chambers Canada—Up and coming lawyer in litigation: securities
The Legal 500—Next Generation Partners (Ontario)
Benchmark Litigation—Top 100 Women in Canadian Litigation
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Future Star and Litigation Star (class actions, commercial and securities)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate and commercial litigation
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in securities litigation
Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40
Before joining Torys, Gillian was senior in-house counsel at a Canadian financial institution.
Gillian sits on the Steering Committee of the OSC Litigation Assistance Program, which provides free legal assistance to unrepresented respondents to the OSC administrative proceedings.
In the community, she is a board member of Special Olympics Ontario, an organization that enriches the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport. She also volunteers with Golden Future, an organization that performs outreach work with high school students in Khyelitsha township, South Africa.