Breanna Needham  

Associate

Executive Summary

Breanna Needham is as an Associate in the Toronto office and a member of the Commercial Litigation practice group.

Breanna maintains a diverse civil litigation practice with a focus on complex commercial litigation and class proceedings. She has broad experience in commercial disputes (including breach of contract and oppression claims), professional liability litigation, and class actions. Breanna has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in mediations and commercial arbitrations.

Prior to joining BLG, Breanna practiced in the Toronto litigation department of a leading national firm, where she acted in a wide variety of matters, including defence side class actions, corporate and commercial litigation, product liability claims, and professional liability matters. She also advised on legal obligations in the political sector, including in the areas of ethical compliance and conflict of interests. Breanna then practiced at a leading commercial litigation boutique in Toronto, where she represented and advised clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation, as well as on both plaintiff and defence side class actions.

While at law school, Breanna was a volunteer at CLASSIC legal clinic, a member of the school’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot team, an editor for the Saskatchewan Law Review, and a member of the Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice.

Prior to attending law school, Breanna worked as an agronomist and territory sales manager in the agricultural chemical industry.

Breanna is very active in the Toronto legal community, and is committed to advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, with a focus on women in law. She recently successfully advocated for the Law Society of Ontario to address the disparity between the robing rooms at Osgoode Hall. Breanna is also committed to access to justice and pro bono work, and is a proud supporter of Pro Bono Ontario.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Professionalism Issues," Law Society of Ontario: 9th Business Law Summit, May 13, 2019
  • Speaker, "Exploring Diversity and Inclusion through Studies and Statistics," Canadian Bar Association: Competition Law Section Young Lawyers Conference, April 25, 2019
  • Author, "Why Do The Robing Rooms Matter, Anyway?," Young Women In Law Blog, April 12, 2019
  • Speaker, "Women In Law," Bechtel Tested, February 18, 2019
  • Speaker, "Summary Judgment in Pharmaceutical Class Actions," Canadian Defence Lawyers: Defending Products Claims, February 22, 2017
  • Co-Author, "Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in Canada," International Association of Defense Counsel, July 2016