- Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, 2020
- Call to the Ontario Bar, 2016
- Call to the New York Bar, 2010
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2009 (summa cum laude; Gillet Prize for highest academic standing in graduating class)
- Ontario Bar Association
- Advocates’ Society
- Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
- American Bar Association
Danielle’s practice focuses on providing thoughtful counsel and tenacious advocacy in the areas of employment, human rights, pension and labour law. Danielle’s approach balances in-depth understanding of the law with strategic and pragmatic—and sometimes creative—solutions.
Danielle has represented clients at all levels of court in multiple provinces across Canada, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canada Industrial Labour Relations Board and various professional regulatory bodies.
In her labour practice, Danielle advises and advocates for unions and professional associations on a wide range of issues: certification, collective agreement matters, labour board matters and civil litigation, particularly judicial review and appellate proceedings. Danielle also advises unions and professional organizations on their pension and benefit plans and represents them in court. She has advised both private and public-sector unions in multiple sectors, including energy, post-secondary education and transportation.
In her employment practice, Danielle advises non-unionized employees throughout the employment relationship. She regularly reviews employment agreements, assists with new employment negotiation, and provides advice and representation after an employment relationship has ended. She has represented employees in individual civil and human rights proceedings from a wide range of industries, including finance, technology, start-ups, health care and post-secondary education. Danielle also represents employees in employment-related class actions.
Danielle began her employment and labour practice in Ontario at a boutique employment and labour firm in Toronto. Before that, Danielle was a litigator in New York, where she represented pension funds and other institutional investors in securities class-action litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Danielle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera on the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Outside of work, Danielle is Counsel to Democrats Abroad Canada and volunteers for Pro Bono Ontario.
Recent Representative Work
Fighting for Fairness in the Gig Economy
Danielle is passionate about ensuring workers are treated fairly. Representing Ontario Uber drivers against Uber is a highlight of her practice. Danielle is co-counsel to the proposed class in Heller v. Uber (an action that seeks the protection of the Ontario Employment Standards Act for all Uber drivers in Ontario). At the Ontario Court of Appeal, she (along with Michael Wright) successfully argued that Uber could not force drivers to arbitrate their claims in The Netherlands because Uber’s arbitration clause impermissibly contracts out of the Employment Standards Act and is unconscionable. Danielle successfully represented Uber drivers in this matter before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court’s June 2020 decision has been hailed as one of the first anywhere in the world to explicitly recognize that unconscionability must include inequality of bargaining power.
Advocating for Union Rights
Sometimes the court has to get involved when it comes to enforcing collective agreements. In 2019, while representing a large union local in the transportation sector, Danielle successfully defended the union’s interpretation of its collective agreement against a challenge that would have taken key decision-making power away from the union. On judicial review, the B.C. Supreme Court confirmed that the collective agreement gave the union, as the party with the exclusive responsibility to represent its members, the exclusive right to enforce its terms on behalf of the members.
Good Doctors Fighting Bad Faith
Danielle (with Michael Wright) has been retained by physicians across Canada to hold administrators accountable and remedy their bad faith treatment of her clients. In 2016, she and Michael were co-counsel to Dr. Gabrielle Horne in a 33-day jury trial in Halifax that resulted in the largest-ever damages award in Canada for loss of reputation, which was largely upheld by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. The jury found that Dr. Horne’s colleagues had abused their power over her privileges and damaged her reputation as a researcher and physician. Bad faith is always difficult to prove, but helping Dr. Horne was a strong motive to overcome the most challenging legal issues.
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