Lawyer, Corporate Team Leader

CALLED TO THE BAR: 2009 (Ontario)

Jessica carries on a diverse corporate law practice which includes advising clients on early-stage business formation, business structure, expansion, reorganization/restructuring, acquisition, and eventual exit strategies. Jessica is dedicated to her clients’ goals and prioritizes practical and timely legal advice.

Jessica supports legal innovation and flexibility. She assists clients on a traditional project basis as well as external general counsel providing advisory services for clients with day-to-day legal, risk and strategic issues. Jessica offers advice that is sensitive to her clients’ objectives while ensuring legal compliance and limiting risk.

Drawing on her 15 years of experience, which includes litigation and risk management, Jessica offers clients perspective beyond the scope of a solicitor practice. She has developed a tremendous professional network. Jessica serves clients within her core practice areas while maintaining connections with advisors in complementary areas to offer clients integrated legal advice from a coordinated team of professionals.

​In addition to her strength as a solicitor, Jessica is well known for her commitment and enthusiasm. Jessica is a team player and invests in relationships. She enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs and learning about their passion, expertise, and ambition. Clients trust her to be candid and solution focused. Jessica values and respects her clients and the opportunity they give her to assist them realize their goals.


WARDS LAWYERS PC – Lawyer (2023 – Present)

Lawyers Professionals Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) – Excess Claims Counsel (2019 – 2023)

Lawyers Professionals Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) – Specialty Claims Counsel (2012 – 2019)

Nash & Company – Associate Lawyer (2010 – 2012)

Halfnight & McKinlay – Lawyer (2009 – 2010)

Gowlings – Summer and Articling Student (2008 – 2009)

Dalhousie University, Juris Doctor (2008)

Queen’s University, B.A. (Honours) (2005)


Law Society of Ontario

Victoria Haliburton Law Association


Corporate Law

  • Incorporation
  • Corporate Reorganizations/Restructuring
  • Buying and Selling Businesses
  • Shareholder + Other Business Agreements/Documents
  • Corporate Disillusion/Revival
  • Corporate Governance

Business Advisory Services

  • Startup Support
  • Fixed General Counsel Support

Conflict Prevention + Resolution

  • Mediation
  • Dispute Management
  • Strategy Work + Communication Supports

Charities and Not-for-profit Law

  • Governance Reviews
  • ONCA Updates

Estate Planning & Business Succession

  • Family Trusts
  • Wills/Multiple Wills
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