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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 an extensive corporate/commercial litigation and arbitration practice that includes major securities, competition, professional liability, product liability and restructuring matters, domestic and cross-border class actions and regulatory matters. 

Jessica has acted in major class actions in Ontario (and Canada) and cross-border, in major high-profile restructuring and insolvency litigation in Canada and cross-border and for significant participants in public and private take-over/oppression litigation and in matters before the Ontario and British Columbia Securities Commissions.

Jessica is recognized as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation and class action defence by Chambers Canada who says that Jessica “wins recognition for her expert handling of securities litigation, professional negligence claims and class action defence. Clients find her to be ‘extraordinarily responsive’, describing her as ‘very good strategically, able to see the big picture, and very good at arguing a case before the court.”  She is recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for securities, class action, corporate commercial and directors’ and officers’ liability litigation, and as a leading litigation lawyer in the Lexpert® ALM 500 Directory, The Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert® Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers in the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. The Best Lawyers in Canada ranks Jessica as a leading lawyer in class action, corporate/ commercial and securities law litigation and she is recognized by Benchmark Canada as a “Litigation Star” nationally in class actions, commercial litigation and securities. She has also been 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.

Jessica is 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 and the Litigation Counsel of America. 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 is a member of Practical Law Canada’s Litigation Advisory Board and a former contributing editor and author for 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 co-authored the Canadian chapter of Global Counsel Dispute Resolution Handbook (2002) and has co-authored various papers and presentations on issues of privilege.  She also 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