Katherine Cooligan

Katherine Cooligan  


Executive Summary

Katherine Cooligan is the Regional Managing Partner of the Ottawa office. She is the Chair of the Regional Management Committee and also the Regional Leader of the Estates and Family Law Group. Katherine is a specialist in family law as certified by the Law Society of Ontario.

Katherine appears before all levels of court, including the Superior Court of Ontario and Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition and as an adjunct to her litigation practice, Katherine negotiates, drafts and reviews all forms of domestic contracts, including marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements. Katherine has extensive litigation experience in all aspects of family law including custody, financial issues including corporate and business issues arising out of separation, income determination, and child and spousal support.

During the Bar Admission Course, Katherine was awarded the Abraham Lieff Scholarship Award for demonstrating excellence in the skills required in family law practice.


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Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Fireside Chat with Thomas Cromwell," BLG Family Law Seminar, June 2019.
  • Speaker, "Harnessing Ambition and Unleashing the Full Potential of Women in Leadership," Women's Business Network Breakfast Speaker Series, June 2019.
  • Panelist, "Women Lawyers Forum," Ontario Bar Association, March 6, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Tackling Fear and Unleashing the Full Potential of Women in Leadership," EDC Ottawa Toastmasters Meeting, March 6, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Litigating High Conflict Custody Disputes," University of Ottawa, March 6, 2019.
  • Panel Moderator, "CEO Talk: Women in Business," Ottawa Board of Trade, March 5, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Tackling Fear and Unleashing the Full Potential of Women in Leadership," TEDxKanata, February 28, 2019.
  • Interview, "Unromantic Detour with Katherine Cooligan," I'm a Millionaire...So, Now What? Podcast, February 12, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Credibility and Leadership," Women in Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities, Career Women Interaction, May 16, 2018.
  • Panelist, "Groia v. LSUC: The Civility Debate," University of Ottawa, Cavanagh LLP Professional Speaker Series, October 10, 2017.
  • Author, "Impact of Structured Settlements on Family Law Claims," The Lawyer's Daily, June 16, 2017.
  • Speaker, "The Pitfalls of Family Law and How to Avoid Them: The Impact of Death on Family Law Issues," OBA Program, February 10, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Caught in the Crossfire: The Impact of Family Breakup on Schools," Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS), hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, February 9, 2016.
  • Panelist, "Ignite Your Business", Distinctive Women 2015 National Event, October 2015.
  • Panelist, "Your Snooping Client: Making Sense of the Repercussions", at the OBA program: Bread and Butter Issues in Family Law, September 18, 2015.
  • Co-author, "Intruding upon the seclusion of personal email - what the common law tort for invasion of privacy might mean for snooping pouses and the electronic evidence that they obtain", Canadian Family Law Quarterly, April 2015.
  • Speaker, "How to Maximize Client Satisfaction & Avoid Complaints: From Initial Retainer to Final Account," The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter, February 13, 2015.
  • Co-author, "When Clients Intrude Upon the Seclusion of Their Spouses' Personal Email: What the Common Law Tort for the Invasion of Privacy Might Mean for Snooping Spouses and the Electronic Evidence That They Obtain", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series (LSUC Program), January 13, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Caught in the Crossfire: The Impact of Family Breakup on Schools", Education Law Institute, November 6, 2014.
  • Co-speaker, "Child Support for Adult Children", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series, September 4, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Intrusion on the Seclusion of Personal Email", Federation of Law Societies of Canada – National Family Law Program, July 2014
  • Speaker, "Year in Review:  Highlights of 2013 Family Law Cases", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series, January 28, 2014.
  • Co-speaker, "Managing the Custody Assessment Process: How Can We Know the Dancer from the Dance? The Assessor's and the Lawyer's Perspectives", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series, October 21, 2013 (with Dr. Arthur Leonoff).
  • Keynote Speaker and Panellist, "Reconfiguring Mentorship — A Road More Easily Travelled: Achieving Success as a Woman in Private Practice," University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law’s Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, February 2012.
  • Speaker, "How Private is Your Email?" BLG Family Law Lunch Series, February 2012.
  • Speaker, "Practice Management Issues in Family," BLG Family Law Lunch Series, December 2011 (with Mary Jane Binks of Augustine Bater Binks LLP and Greg Ste Marie of Burke Robertson LLP).
  • Speaker, "How Private is Your Email? – Email and Privacy – The Current State of the Law," 31st Civil Litigation Conference, November 2011.
  • Author, "When Spouses Access Email Without Consent," The Lawyers Weekly, May 2011.
  • Author, "You’ve Got Mail, Snooping Emails, Privacy Law, and Admissibility of Evidence," Briefly Speaking, April 2011.
  • Author, "Revised Family Laws Speed up Information Transfer," The Lawyers Weekly, April 2010.
  • Speaker, "The Family Law Amendment Act – Upcoming Changes that Will Affect Your Practice as Early as March 1, 2010: Affidavit in Support of Claim for Custody or Access – Form 35.1," Ontario Bar Association Lunch and Learn Program, February 2010.
  • Speaker, "Extension of the Election under the Family Law Act," Ontario Bar Association Program, October 2009.
  • Interview, "Parental Alienation: Tough Balance of Practical Realities," Law Times, June 2009.

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