Katherine Ayre  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Katherine is a civil litigator specializing in defence work. She also acts for clients in their capacity as plaintiff, pursuing subrogated claims. Her practice includes aviation law, land transportation, product liability, insurance litigation, construction disputes, municipal defence and occupiers' liability.

She also specializes in both courtroom and written advocacy for both Canadian and international clients. Katherine regularly advises clients on general insurance matters, and helps them navigate the regulatory world in transportation. Additional legal experience and skills include:

  • Cross-border litigation;
  • Conducting examinations for discovery/depositions;
  • Conducting mediation, settlement negotiation, and conflict resolution;
  • Risk assessment and management;
  • Legal research and legal writing;
  • Trial and appellate work, at all levels of court

Katherine is also a regular speaker, presenter and author on topics such as aviation law, land transportation, municipal law, civil procedure, and damages recovery.

Prior to becoming a lawyer Katherine became a licensed glider pilot, and a commercial pilot for fixed-wing aircraft. Her previous aviation experience includes working as a flight dispatcher while working towards her multi-IFR and flight instructor rating.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites," BLG Construction Law Publication, June 10, 2019.
  • Co-Author, "Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites," On-Site Magazine, June 2019.
  • ​Co-Author, "United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuit) Provides a New Interpretation of Article 17(1) of the Montreal Convention," BLG Insurance & Tort Liability Alert, September 29, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "BLG Successfully Represents Air Charter Company During WSIAT Application and Reconsideration," BLG Insurance & Tort Liability Alert, September 12, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Ontario Court of Appeal Determines that GARA is Not Applicable in Ontario Proceeding," BLG Aviation Alert, April 20, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Transport Canada Announces New Regulations for Recreational Drones," BLG Aviation Alert, March 24, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "FirstTransport Canada Approved BVLOs Flight for a UAS," BLG Aviation Alert, March 8, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 ("GARA") Not applicable inOntario Action," BLG Aviation Alert, October 6, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Vlanich v. Typhair 2016 ONCA 517: Ontario Court of Appeal considers whether a municipality may owe duty of care in relation to its enforcement of taxi licensing bylaws," BLG Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, July 28, 2016.
  • Author, "No Liability for Fall From "Chilling Tree": Winters v. Haldimand (County), 2015 ONCA 98," BLG Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin.
  • Co-Author, “New War Risk Coverage and Accident Investigation Regimes,” BLG Bulletin, January 13, 2015.
  • Author, “Municipality Liable for Damages Following Tobogganing Accident,” BLG Publication, November 5, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "A Successful Jurisdiction Motion by a Foreign Hotel to Stay an Ontario Action:Haufler v. Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, 2013 ONSC 6044," BLG Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, March 12, 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Court Addresses Municipality's Exposure to Liability for Trees in Parks: Eric Winters v. Corporation of Haldimand County," BLG Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, July 11, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "The recovery of non-pecuniary damages in Canada: The cap on recovery, jury trials, and other unique considerations for general damage awards," Annals of Air and Space Law, 2010, 35(1): 75.
  • Co-Author, "Limitation Acts in the 21st Century," in Mr. Justice Todd L. Archibald & Mr. Justice Randall Scott Echlin eds., Annual Review of Civil Litigation, Carswell, 2009.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Aviation Law).