Erin C. Cowling B.A.H. LL.B.
I am a former Bay Street litigator turned freelance lawyer. I love the law and my job.
After spending several years as an associate at a large national firm litigating corporate disputes, I ventured into the world of estate litigation before becoming a freelance lawyer and legal writer.
As a lawyer I have litigated a wide variety of claims including: shareholder disputes, oppression remedy claims, product liability claims, plans of arrangement, environmental claims, complex contract disputes, estate and trust claims, and fiduciary and power of attorney claims. For these files I gained extensive experience researching and drafting legal memoranda and court documents.
I have appeared at all levels of court, either as junior or lead counsel, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Quebec and Ontario Courts of Appeal, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
I am fully insured through LawPro and in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada. I am also a member of the Canadian / Ontario Bar Associations (executive member of the Women Lawyers Forum and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Sections), Toronto Lawyers Association, Women's Law Association of Ontario, and the Advocates' Society.
The Fun Stuff
I am married to another lawyer and a mother to three young children. I grew up in the country, but always told my parents I was a "city mouse". I now call Toronto home. When I am not reading or writing about the law I am either baking with my kids, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead with my hubby, or reading a great detective novel.
Queen's University, B.A.H in English Literature
University of Ottawa, LL.B. cum laude
Osgoode Hall Law School, Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop
Selection of Reported Decisions
Berkelhammer v. Berkelhammer Estate 2012 ONSC 6242
Telesis Technologies Inc. v. Sure Control Systems Inc. 2010 ONSC 5288
BCE Inc. v. 1997 Debentureholders 2008 SCC 69
BCE Inc. (Re) 2008 QCCA 935
Stelco Inc. (Re) 2008 ONCA 483
Molson Coors Brewing Company v. Miller Brewing Company (2006), 83 O.R. (3d) 331 (S.C.J.)
Flex Legal Network
I am also the Principal of Flex Legal Network, a network of experienced freelance lawyers providing quality outsourced legal services to sole practitioners, law firms, and in-house legal departments: www.flexlegalnetwork.com