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Jessica Kimmel


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4219
Fax:   416.979.1234

Jessica Kimmel is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans.

She has significant experience in commercial disputes and class action defence work. Her expertise extends to corporate/commercial and securities litigation, including shareholder remedies, insolvency litigation, professional negligence and product liability.

Jessica has represented companies and individuals in complex commercial arbitrations and litigation and in major securities, competition and product liability class actions and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and in the Supreme Court of Canada.  Jessica has also acted for significant participants in public and private take-over/oppression litigation and in matters before the Ontario and British Columbia Securities Commissions.  Jessica is named as one of the leading lawyers recommended in dispute resolution and class actions in Chambers Canada. She is recommended in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for securities litigation, class action litigation, corporate/commercial litigation and directors’ & officers’ liability litigation.  She is recognized as a leading litigator in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and as a leading litigator in the Lexpert Special Edition on Litigation in the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. The Best Lawyers in Canada ranks Jessica as a leading lawyer in alternative dispute resolution, class action litigation, corporate/commercial litigation, directors and officers liability, product liability and securities law, litigation. Jessica is ranked by Benchmark Canada as a “Litigation Star” nationally for securities and in Ontario for class actions, commercial litigation and securities.  She is also recognized by Benchmark Canada as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women in Litigation.

Jessica is the founding and past chair of Goodmans’ Professional Standards and Conflicts Committee and active in the prevention and defence of professional negligence cases.

In 2017, Jessica was named a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Securities Proceedings Advisory Committee, where she provides input on policy and procedural initiatives involving proceedings before the commission's administrative tribunal.  Jessica is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is the past President (2009) of the Toronto Lawyers' Association and a past Member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates’ Society.  Jessica was involved in drafting the Toronto Practice Direction on the new Case Management-Toronto Region Civil Cases Backlog Reduction/Best Practices Initiative (effective December 31, 2004) and appointed to the Case Management Pilot Project Steering/Evaluation Committee.   Jessica has recently joined the advisory board of Practical Law Canada – Corporate & Commercial Litigation.

Jessica was for many years a contributing editor to the Commercial Litigation Journal.  Her articles for that and other publications  cover procedural, evidentiary and substantive topics in her areas of expertise, including class actions, securities disclosure, directors’ and officers’ liability and contractual disputes:  Jessica also co-authored the Canadian chapter of Global Counsel Dispute Resolution Handbook (2002) and has co-authored various papers and presentations on issues of privilege.  Most recently, she co-authored a paper published in the 2016 Annual Review of Civil Litigation entitled “Mining Efficiencies from in Between the Rules”.  

Jessica is a regular lecturer at continuing legal education conferences and seminars.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 1989)
University of Toronto (B.Sc., 1986)
Year of Call

1991 Ontario