Kathleen McDormand

Kathleen McDormand  

Partner

Executive Summary

Kathleen McDormand is a partner in our Ottawa office and a member of the Commercial Litigation Group. She is also the Ottawa Regional Leader of our Team North® practice group. Kathleen practises as a commercial litigator and as an estate litigator. She also has experience as a commercial litigator for matters in Nunavut.

During the Bar Admission Course, Kathleen received the highest grades in Ottawa and the second highest grades in Ontario. She was awarded the Isadore Levinter Memorial Award, the Law Society’s First Prize, the Edwin George Long, K.C. Memorial Scholarship, the Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Prize and the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History.

During law school, Kathleen received the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History, the Medical Legal Society of Ottawa-Carleton’s first prize in an essay competition, the Gordon Blair Book Prize (for highest achievement in Legislation) and the Canada Law Book Prize (for highest achievement in Contracts). She also received the Newton Rowell Scholarship in 1998 (for public service and academic achievement).

Representative Work

  • Represents clients in all aspects of estate litigation and civil litigation.
  • Appears before numerous courts in Ontario and administrative tribunals including the License Appeal Tribunal.
  • Appears before the Nunavut Court of Justice.
  • Has extensive experience with mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Power of Attorney for Property:  Legal Issues," OANHSS, March 23, 2017.
  • Speaker, "2016 Estate and Attorney Issues - Year in Review," Lunch and Learn Series, January 12, 2017.
  • Author/Speaker, "Advising the Estate Trustee: To Probate or Not to Probate?" Practice Gems: The Administration of Estates 2016, Law Society of Upper Canada, September 20, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Succession Planning for Your Legal Practice," Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2016, Law Society of Upper Canada, September 20, 2016.
  • Speaker, "2015 Estate and Attorney Issues - Year in Review," Lunch and Learn Series, January 20, 2016.
  • Author/Speaker, "Rule 2.1 - The cure to the Vexatious Litigant Disease?", 18th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, Law Society of Upper Canada, October, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Breaking the Bonds of Boilerplate," Law Society of Upper Canada, June 16, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Practicing in Association - Are you a partnership," CCLA Solicitor's Conference, May 2015.
  • Speaker, "Estates and Attorney Issues - 2014 Year in Review," Lunch and Learn Series, January 29, 2015.
  • Author/Speaker, "To Remove or Not to Remove, that is the Question (Removal of Trustees)", 17th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, Law Society of Upper Canada, November, 2014.
  • Author, "Penman (Litigation Guardian of) v. Penman 2014 ONCA 83: Court of Appeal delivers warning to Trustees who abdicate their duties," September 2014 STEP Canada Ottawa Branch Newsletter.
  • Speaker, "Rights and Remedies of Common Law Partners in Estates Matters," Lunch and Learn Series, June, 2014.
  • Author/Speaker, “Tips and Traps of Lawyers Acting as Estate Trustees,” Ottawa Estate Planning Council, April 1, 2014.
  • Author/Speaker, “Jurisdiction of the Court on a Contested Passing of Accounts,” The Law Society of Upper Canada, Estate Accounting 2014, February 25, 2014.
  • Author/Speaker, "Can You Wear Two Hats Without Two Heads? - Risks and Rewards of Lawyers Acting as Estate Trustees," CCLA 19TH East Region Solicitors Conference 2013, May 3, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Liability of Directors and Officers," Insurance Institute, October 29, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Practice Tips and Pitfalls: Rules of Professional Conduct and Litigation," In-House Counsel Seminar, June 18, 2013.
  • Co-Presenter, "Contested Passing of Estate Accounts – Do’s and Don’t," Lunch and Learn Series (with Master Callum MacLeod), April 12, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Applications to Remove Estate Trustees," Lunch and Learn Series, June 7, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Estates and Attorney Issues – 2013 Year in Review," Lunch and Learn Series, January 15, 2014.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 2017 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Estate & Personal Tax Planning).