Area of Practice & Background
Jennifer’s practice has a focus on family law and wills and estates. She is a passionate advocate who represents her clients with compassion, conviction, and integrity.
Before joining Sutherland Law, she practiced civil litigation, family law, wills and estates, and immigration law at a general practice firm in Hamilton, gaining litigation experience and developing her ability to ensure that each client gets the best representation in each case.
Jennifer graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017 and was called to the bar in 2018. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and prior to attending law school, worked as a social worker with a focus on youth, women and seniors. Her previous experience as a social worker allows her to understand and navigate the challenges and needs of individuals and families in conflict.
While at law school, Jennifer was recognized for her work with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and the Legal Aid Ontario Refugee Law Office by being awarded the Ian Scott Public Interest Award.
Jennifer had the privilege of articling as a Judicial Clerk with the Superior Court of Justice (Central South Region). This experience helped to hone her legal research and writing skills as she had to provide research memos to assist the judges in their adjudication of family, civil and criminal law cases. While clerking, she frequently visited the Family Law Court and worked on a major family law project for the Office of the Chief Justice, which entailed updating the Bench Book on Child Protection law. Working for and interacting with judges behind the scenes was invaluable in terms of growing her confidence as a lawyer.