Melissa is experienced litigation counsel with a widely recognized expertise in civil and regulatory securities cases and complex commercial litigation matters. In addition to being recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Canada for 2017 and 2018, Melissa was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Securities Law in the Toronto area by Best Lawyers in Canada. Melissa has been listed for many years in the Lexpert Guide in both securities and corporate commercial litigation and been featured in the Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers.
Melissa worked as a Senior Prosecutor in the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) from 2004-2008. She was seconded from that position for a one year term to serve as Acting Chief Enforcement Counsel and Manager of Investigations at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). From her time as a regulator, Melissa gained an in-depth understanding of the substantive legal and policy issues at play in securities litigation matters.
Melissa acts on a wide range of securities regulatory matters before the OSC, IIROC and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, both on the prosecution and defence side. Melissa routinely represents clients in compliance and registrant regulation matters and enforcement investigations, settlements and contested proceedings involving such issues as insider trading, disclosure violations and market manipulation.
Melissa has maintained an active complex commercial litigation practice since her Call to the Bar in 1997 and has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario. Melissa advises investors, registrants, issuers, officers, directors, underwriters and private and public corporations on a variety of corporate and securities matters, including (defense-side) securities class action proceedings, corporate and shareholder disputes, oppression remedy matters, proxy battles, corporate governance matters, investment loss claims, breach of contract and professional negligence matters.
Last updated: July 2018