Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1993
J.D. (Windsor), 1991
B.A. (Hons.) (Western), 1988
“Insolvency Litigator of the Year (2016)”
D.J. has been a partner in the firm since 1999 and was recently recognized as “Insolvency Litigator of the Year” (2016) by Benchmark Canada, where she was lauded for having achieved “a fabulous result on behalf of Nortel pension claimants using novel strategies and against tremendous odds.” D.J. is a recommended professional and leading expert in Financier Worldwide’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Handbook (2015). She is considered a "go-to" counsel for all types of stakeholders requiring creative advice to achieve effective workouts both within, and outside of, formal court proceedings. D.J. is known for her deep knowledge of the insolvency framework, both domestic and international, and for applying analytical and strategic skills to achieve successful outcomes for her clients.
- Canadian insolvency counsel for the UK Pension claimants (the largest single creditor in the worldwide Nortel Networks proceedings), in successfully obtaining a decision of the Canadian and US Courts allocating $7.3 billion of sale proceeds on a pro rata basis among more than 40 worldwide insolvency estates
- Obtained a $600 million judgment from the Canadian Court in the Nortel Networks CCAA proceedings, following a disallowance of the claim in its entirety by the Monitor
- Participated in the first joint trial involving the Canadian and US Courts in a cross-border proceeding, and has appeared as counsel at all levels of Court in Canada
- Counsel for a secured creditor in successfully obtaining a precedent-setting Order replacing a court-appointed Monitor in a CCAA proceeding due to conflict
- Counsel to Fraser Papers Inc. and its Canadian and U.S. affiliates in a restructuring under the CCAA and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, obtaining amendments to provincial pension legislation to facilitate a Plan of Arrangement
- Counsel to the Insolvency Institute of Canada, which was granted intervener status and participated on an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in the precedent-setting Indalex case
- Canadian counsel to California class action claimants in the Muscletech CCAA and Chapter 15 restructuring
- Represented one of the largest suppliers in the cross-border restructuring of Anicom Multimedia
- Counsel to the operating lender, DIP Lender and largest creditor in the restructuring of one of the largest pork producers in Ontario
- Represented Hollinger Inc. in its Canadian and U.S. restructuring
- Independent Counsel to the Monitor and Court-Appointed Receiver in Livent Inc.'s CCAA proceeding and joint Chapter 11 proceeding
- Regularly represents lenders and other parties in Canadian and cross-border insolvency and enforcement proceedings
PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT & PUBLICATIONS
D.J. is President of the Board of Directors of the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter) and is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, whose members are drawn from the most senior and experienced professionals representing the insolvency community in Canada. Other professional involvement includes the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, The Advocates' Society, the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and INSOL International. D.J. co-developed and taught a course in Advanced Insolvency Law at The University of Windsor Law School, and is a guest lecturer in the Bankruptcy/Insolvency course and the Pension Law course at the Faculties of Law at The University of Western Ontario and Queens University. She is regularly requested to speak at conferences and is the author of papers on various issues affecting her clients. Her recent professional appearances and publications include:
- Panelist – “Creative Solutions for Resolving Complex Insolvency Litigation", The Advocates’ Society, June 20, 2016.
- Co-Chair – TMA Spring Gala, which raised over $80,000 for a local charity, May 26, 2016.
- Moderator – Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Network of Women (NOW) Event, “Best Practices in Client Relationships” Panel Discussion. March 1, 2016.
- Speaker – 13th Annual ARIL Conference: “Nortel: The Long and Winding Road.” February 5, 2016.
- Author – “Nortel: The Long and Winding Road”. Annual Review of Insolvency Law. February 5, 2016.
- Co-Chair – TMA NOW Event. October 19, 2015.
- Panelist – Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC) 2015 Conference: “Nortel: What’s Next?”. September 25, 2015.
- Panelist – Financier Worldwide Roundtable on Bankruptcy Litigation. June 25, 2015.
- Co-Chair – Lancaster House Pension Conference: “Pension Plans in Trouble: Bankruptcy and Insolvency.” December 1, 2014.
- Co-Chair – TMA Toronto’s 15th Annual Symposium: “Taking the Pulse of Canadian Industries.” April 17, 2013.
- Author – “When Two Worlds Collide”. International Corporate Rescue Journal. April 1, 2013.
- Speaker – Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Complex Commercial Litigation Matters Conference: “Insolvency Issues Affecting Complex Commercial Litigation.” March 28, 2013.
- Panelist – Insolvency Institute of Canada Webinar: “Indalex Ltd. Decision.” February 15, 2013.Author – “Re Indalex: Giving, and Taking Away.” TGF Newsletter. February 6, 2013.
- Speaker – 12th Annual ARIL Conference: “Best Practices When Dealing with Employees, Pensioners and Union Stakeholders in a Restructuring.” February 8, 2013.
- Co-Author – “Charting A New Course: Best Practices When Dealing with Employees, Retirees, and Union Stakeholders in a Restructuring.” Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2012. February 4, 2013.
- Speaker – Osgoode Professional Development Advanced Program in Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring: “The Impact of Insolvencies and Restructurings on Pension Plans: Post Indalex.” November 14, 2012.
- Speaker – TMA Spring Gala. May 31, 2012.
- Speaker – LSUC Civil Litigation Summit: “Mini Law School – Bankruptcy/Insolvency.” May 22, 2012.