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Meet Jacqueline M. Palef

Plaintiff Class Actions Lawyer

"Class actions are a vehicle for righting wrongs in all areas of law. There is no mechanism better suited to provide access to justice, judicial economy, and behaviour modification than a class action. These are the three goals of class proceedings in Canada. I prosecute and defend class actions with these three goals in mind."

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Professional Highlights

  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2018 - present)
  • Student-at-Law, Hull & Hull LLP (2017 – 2018)
  • Editorial Board Executive Member, Solicitations Editor, Windsor Review of Social and Legal Issues, University of Windsor (2016 – 2017)
  • Research Assistant in Comparative International Law, University of Windsor (2016 - 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant in Legal Research and Writing, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2015 - 2016)
  • Legal Intern, Veterans Law Clinic, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2015)

  • Leroux Class Action – Counsel for the Intervener, the CCLA, in a class proceeding challenging the constitutionality of the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act
  • Bingo Class Actions – Plaintiff counsel on class proceeding concerning licence fees levied by two municipalities
  • General Motors Class Actions – Defence counsel on national class proceedings concerning antifreeze

  • Author, The Death of Champerty: Is Third Party Litigating Funding the New Normal in Class Actions? Canadian Class Action Review 16, 1 (September 2020)
  • Co-Author, The New Era of Crown Liability: Crown Liability and Proceedings Act Replaces Proceedings Against the Crown Act, 3rd Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit 2020, Law Society of Ontario, April 2, 2020
  • Co-Author, What Obligation does an Insurance Company Have to Review Beneficiary Designations with the Policy Holders?, Toronto Law Journal (June 2018)
  • Co-Author, The Discoverability of Social Media Evidence in the Context of Family Law & Estate Litigation, Toronto Law Journal (April 2018)
  • Author and Presenter, @dvertising in the Digital Age: A #CDN #US Comparative Study of Lawyer Advertising Rules, Windsor L Rev of Legal Soc Issues Conference (14-16 March 2017)

  • University of Detroit Mercy Frank Murphy Honour Society Inductee (2017)
  • University of Detroit Mercy Book Award, Special Topics in Professional Responsibility and Technology (2017)
  • Dean’s List, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2015 - 2017)
  • ZSA and National Post Award in Honour of Lorraine Shalhoub (2015)
  • University of Detroit Mercy Book Award, Comparative Legal Writing and Research (2014)
  • Dean’s Honour List, Queens University (2013 – 2014)

  • Admitted to the New York Bar (2018)
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2018)
  • Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar (2017)
  • Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2017)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor (2017)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queen’s University (2014)
  • Intensive Studies Course in the Philosophy of International Law, Queen’s International Study Centre, Herstmonceux, United Kingdom (2012)

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