Thornton Grout Finnigan welcomes associate, Kelsey Gordon.
D.J. is the recipient of a Lexpert Zenith Award (2017) and TMA Toronto Women of Excellence Award – Exemplar (2017), and has twice been recognized as Insolvency Litigator of the Year (2018) 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 consistently listed as a leading practitioner in both the Insolvency Litigation and Financial Restructuring practice areas of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and in Who's Who Legal for Restructuring and Insolvency. D.J. is also ranked as a leading individual by Chambers Canada and by Chambers Global where she is recognized for her involvement in significant matters and is described by interviewees as "extremely strategic." 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.
This case set a precedent in its findings that (i) unpaid tuition constituted a debt in the nature of a student loan under the Bankruptcy and Insol...
Canadian counsel to the Trustees of Nortel Networks UK Limited’s Pension Trust and the Pension Protection Fund throughout the unprecedented trials and appeals.
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.
Represented a landlord of several properties which completed a pre-emptive transaction to regain its properties and avoid the sales process.
Canadian counsel to the companies with respect to a US$400 million prepackaged restructuring plan in Canada and the US.
Represented the College in obtaining the first court-appointed Receiver over a student association in a post-secondary context.
Restructuring case of one of the largest pork producers in Ontario.
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
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.
Independent Counsel to the Monitor and Court-Appointed Receiver in Livent Inc.'s CCAA proceeding and joint Chapter 11 proceeding
D.J. currently serves as Chair of the Chapter Presidents' Council representing 53 worldwide Chapter Presidents of Turnaround Management Association (TMA) as a member of the Global executive Board. She is past President of the Toronto Chapter of TMA.
D.J. is a member of:
D.J. co-developed and taught a course in Advanced Insolvency Law at The University of Windsor Law School, and has also been 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 include:
D.J.’s accolades include:
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