Erin H. Durant  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Erin Durant is a lawyer in our Ottawa office. She is a member of both the Labour and Employment Law Group and the Insurance and Tort Liability Group. Erin is a graduate of Queen's University Faculty of Law where she received a number of academic awards and is now a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where she teaches Civil Procedure.

Erin accepts retainers to defend professional negligence, officers' and directors' liability, property damage, personal injury and insurance coverage claims and employment practices claims on behalf of insurers. She has represented title insurers in real property disputes and coverage litigation as well as other lawyers in negligence claims and disciplinary proceedings. She has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and before the Law Society Tribunal. In her labour and employment practice, Erin works with a national team of lawyers to advise employers on union certification, collective bargaining, corporate transactions, injunctions, employee terminations and mass terminations, arbitrations, wrongful dismissals (including insured claims), interest arbitrations and human rights complaints. She drafts employment contracts, human resource manuals and provides risk-management advice and presentations.

Erin is very active in the legal profession and in the Ottawa community. She is a member of the Advocates' Society's Young Lawyers' Standing Committee and is the current chair of the Canadian Defence Lawyers' Young Lawyers Division. Erin was a member of The Advocates' Society's task forces on trials that published the Best Practices for Civil Trials and the Advocates' Society's Courts Technology Task Force that contributed to the Paperless Trials Manual. She is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Early Career Roundtable.

Erin volunteers as a coach with the University of Ottawa Gee Gees Fastball team and competes provincially and nationally in the sport herself.

Representative Work

  • Advises employers on labour and employment matters.
  • Acts for insurers on professional negligence, officers’ and directors’ liability, insurance coverage, property damage and personal injury claims.
  • Provides coverage opinions to insurers and defends coverage lawsuits.
  • Represents title insurance companies on insured real property claims and coverage disputes.
  • Represents lawyers in negligence claims, before the Law Society Tribunal and as agent on complex motions.

Publications & Presentations