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Meet Carolyn Brandow

Commercial Litigation Lawyer

"Commercial litigation encompasses a wide variety of cases. I enjoy the challenges of finding and obtaining the best results for our clients which takes into account everything at stake - financial, business, reputation and other interests."

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Professional Highlights

  • Adjunct Professor, UWO Law School “Civil Procedure” (2016)
  • Leader of Commercial Litigation Practice Group (2015 to present)
  • Co-Leader of Commercial Litigation Practice Group (2011-2015)
  • Adjunct Professor, UWO Law School “Comparative US/Canadian E-Discovery Law” (2010)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2008 to present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2006-2008)
  • Associate lawyer, Ledroit Beckett (1999-2006)
  • Articling Student, Harrison Elwood (1998-1999)

  • Business and Contract Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Project Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Administrative tribunals (Human Rights, Privacy Law)
  • Defence of professionals in Self-Regulation Discipline and Complaint Proceedings

  • Milo-Food Infrastructure & Service Inc. v. 2255300 Ontario Limited, 2014 ONCA 333 (CanLII)
  • Skinner v. Thames Centre (Municipality), 2014 ONCA 164 (CanLII)
  • Baxter v. Ontario (Real Estate and Business Brokers Act Registrar), 2012 ONCA 632 (CanLII) – The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from a decision that the registration of a broker should be restricted rather than revoked for his involvement in purchases of several properties which were then relisted within a short period at significantly inflated prices.
  • 1565703 Ontario Limited v. St. Clair Tavern (Sarnia) Limited, 2011 ONCA 523 (CanLII) – A successful appeal of a default judgment against a landlord who had locked a tenant out of a property and the tenant’s assets in the building were never retrieved by the tenant.
  • Macksoud v. Carroll, 2011 ONCA 108 (CanLII) - An appeal of a dismissal of a request to add new defendants to a case started before new Limitations Act.
  • Vergara v. London (City), 2010 ONCA 138 (CanLII)
  • Sunsational Products Inc. v. Martin, 2008 CanLII 8253 (ON SC)
  • Deemar v. JDEB Vet Management Inc. and JDEB Vet Management Inc., 2007 CanLII 17374 (ON S.C.), 2007 CanLII 24670 (ON S.C.) and 2007 ONCA 893 (CanLII) (Ont. C.A.) - An appellate decision after two Superior Court application decisions denying a commercial tenant's request to arbitrate the rent and term of a future period of tenancy where the lease had expired and allowing a writ of possession to be issued to evict the tenant.
  • Sayles v. Acton, 2005 CanLII 18856 (ON SC)
  • Sempecos v. State Farm [2003] O.J. No. 2886, (2003), 38 C.P.C. (5th) 64 (Ont.C.A.); [2002] O.J. No. 4498, (2002), 29 C.P.C. (5th) 99 (Ont. Div.Ct) - Appellate decisions flowing from a motion in which the insurer asked to have a separate trial of punitive damage claims in a fire loss claim.
  • A&E Radiator v. Dominion (2003), 68 O.R. (3d) 30, [2003] O.J. No. 4471, (2003) 11 C.C.L.I. (4th) (Ont. Div. Ct) - An appellate decision regarding an insured person’s request for an appraisal in a fire loss insurance claim.
  • Sayles v. Acton [2005] O.J. No. 2188 and 3669, 2005 CarswellOnt 4012, 2005 CarswellOnt 2189 (Ont.S.C.J.) - A trial regarding alleged farm business losses due to a delayed closing of an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for a farm property.

  • Lawyer of the Year Medical Negligence London/Windsor, Best Lawyers in Canada, for 2022
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner by Lexpert in the area of medical negligence [represents defendants] (2018-2022)
  • Recipient, 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award recognizing mid-career excellence in the legal profession
  • Selected by her peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada (2014-2022)
  • Junior Counsel to the Honourable Mr. Justice R.J. Haines, Review of the Meat Inspection and Regulatory Regimes in Ontario (2004)

  • "Quick & Dirty Personal Injury Update: Plaintiff & Defence Perspectives", Guest Speaker on Advocacy Practice Management Update: Proven tools to shorten trials, The Middlesex Law Association, June 14, 2019
  • “Summary Judgment Motions: Persuasive Advocacy – Winning Tactics”, Guest Speaker on Expert Evidence on Summary Judgment Motions, Ontario Bar Association Conference, May, 2011
  • “Privacy Law”, Guest Speaker, Real Estate Institute of Canada and Appraisal Institute of Canada (London Chapters) Meeting, March, 2011
  • “Simplifying Simplified Procedure”, Guest Speaker on Summary Judgment, Ontario Bar Association Conference, May, 2010
  • “Judicial Review of Tribunal Decisions”, published in The Litigator, December 2009. (Read article)
  • “Ordering compliance with orders to comply”, Municipal World, July 2008 Issue, page 29
  • “Notice for Frustrated Cross-Examiners” published in Litigation Tips & Traps: “Southren” Style, The Advocates’ Society Brief, vol. 19, No. 2 (Winter 2008 edition) (Read article)
  • Co-Author of “A Property Value Witness Without Property in the Witness”, Ontario Expropriation Newsletter, Fall 2007 (Read article)

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • Southwest Region Women in the Law Association
  • Past Newsletter Editor, London Claims Association
  • Past District Commissioner, Past Leader, Girl Guides of Canada
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2000)
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Ontario (1998) (Dean’s List 1996-1997)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, The University of Western Ontario (1995) (Dean’s List 1992-1995)

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