A litigator practising in life sciences, Nicole’s fluency with scientific subject matter makes her particularly skilled at working with expert witnesses and transforming complex scientific concepts into persuasive advocacy.
Nicole’s commercial litigation practice focuses on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences sectors. Her experience extends across patent and trademark litigation, product liability and class actions, and regulatory and judicial review proceedings.
Nicole frequently represents international and North American pharmaceutical companies in patent infringement, impeachment and related proceedings, including under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulation. She also represents life sciences clients in regulatory matters, including in proceedings for judicial review, and has assisted Canadian and international companies in defending and enforcing trademark rights in Canada.
Nicole’s litigation work also includes defending health product, medical device and agricultural product manufacturers in product liability actions across Canada, including in class proceedings. She has appeared as counsel in the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, at the trial and appellate level in the courts of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and in the Supreme Court of Canada.
|2022-2023||The Legal 500—Rising star in intellectual property|
|2022||IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners—Leading lawyer in litigation|
|2022-2023||Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property law|
|2019-2021||Managing IP's IP Stars—Rising Star|
Nicole is an active member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), serving as the Chair of the IPIC Foundation Committee and past Chair of the IPIC Young Practitioners Committee. She is also a contributing author of the Patent Enforcement Chapter in Blanchard’s Life Sciences Law in Canada and a member of The Advocates’ Society.
Nicole is a frequent advocacy advisor in the Ryerson Law Practice Program’s Trial Advocacy Course and is a regular volunteer on Pro Bono Ontario’s Legal Advice Hotline.