A Lawyer's Guide to Powerful Pleadings


Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

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2 h 30 m Substantive
30 m Professionalism

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  • Tamryn Jacobson
    Goodmans LLP

Pleadings can secure your litigation strategy or—if you fail to consider all possible claims, parties, and relief sought—undermine it. One simple missed step could lead to a successful summary judgement claim against your client. Or your "win" might not be seen in the same light by a client who thereafter faces a massive tax liability. It's important to imagine the desired result and all the paths that could lead to it at the drafting stage. Our presenters help you to do this, so you can create well-thought-out, clearly worded pleadings with strategic rationale. Also, they analyze the effects of the new world of artificial intelligence, how it's impacting pleadings, and what it means for you.

  • Consider your client's interests and various elements of the case before framing the claim
  • Draft with precision and clarity to ensure quick comprehension by the judge
  • Capture appropriate counterarguments and understand when to make admissions
  • Determine when to attack a pleading, demand particulars, or move to strike


  • Tamryn JacobsonGoodmans LLP
  • Andrea BurkeDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Ian MatthewsLax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
  • Paul Le Vay, C.S.Stockwoods LLP
  • Patrick FlahertyChernos Flaherty Svonkin LLP
  • Graham SmithGoodmans LLP
  • Jason WoycheshynBennett Jones LLP
  • Tina LiePaliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • The Honourable James DiamondSuperior Court of Justice

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