About

Heather Douglas

B.A., J.D., LL.M

Heather Douglas is an experienced civil litigator. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, and various tribunals in Ontario. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.

She is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association and a proud volunteer of the 519 Legal Clinic and the Pro Bono Ontario Hotline. Heather also acts as an Advisor to other lawyers as part of the Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) through the Law Society of Ontario.

Before starting her own firm, Heather practiced law in downtown Toronto, with a focus in insurance law and litigation. She frequently writes about the law, and has been featured in the Advocates’ Journal, Slaw.ca (Canada’s largest online legal magazine), Keeping Tabs, and the Ontario Bar Association Newsletter. She is currently co-authoring two chapters for the textbook Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario on non-compliance with the Rules of Civil Procedure and Part VI of the Courts of Justice Act regarding Judges and Officers for CanLII. When she’s not busy writing you can usually find her wandering Toronto’s east end with her trusted four-legged sidekicks, Ollie and Esme, close behind.

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School –
Master of Laws (2015)

Call to the Ontario Bar – (2013)
University of Ottawa –
Juris Doctor (2012)
Western University –
Bachelor of Arts (2009)

Community Involvement Experience
  • Chair of the Young Lawyers Division –  2017 – 2018
  • Vice Chair – 2016 – 2017
  • Council Member 2015 to present
  • Member of the Law Practice Management Executive 2019 to present
  • Heather has also participated as a panelist in the following speaking engagements:
  • On April 8, 2020, Heather chaired the the Ontario Bar Association “Virtual Identification of Client Identity: What Tools Are You Using?” series.
  • On November 12, 2019, Heather spoke at the Ontario Bar Association “TECHxpo 2019 program“ on legal technologies for small and medium sized law firms.
  • On February 6, 2019, Heather co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association Program “Take Control of Your Career: Hard Work is Not Enough.”
  • On September 26, 2018, Heather was a panelist in the Ontario Bar Association Program “Motions in Law Proceedings.”
  • On February 8, 2018, Heather co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association Program: “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market.”
  • In May 2017, Heather helped organize the “Inaugural Young Lawyers Gala.”
  • On April 3, 2017, Heather co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association program, “Adjudicative Tribunal Practice Primer.”
  • On March 22, 2016, Heather co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association program, “Divine Discoveries: Building a Great Case.”
  • On March 22, 2016, Heather chaired the Ontario Bar Association program “Evening Reception with The Honourable Mr. Justice Fred Myers“.  Justice Myers spoke on drafting compelling submissions to the Court.
  • Provide summary legal advice monthly to vulnerable community members since 2019

Volunteer Lawyer for the Following Panels since 2020

  • Free Legal Advice Helpline on Civil Law Matters

  • Education Law Program

  • Consumer Protection Panel

  • The Law Society’s Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) provides lawyers and paralegals with access to shorter-term, outcome-oriented relationships. Advisors assist with substantive and procedural law inquiries on client files.
Publications
  • Author of two chapters for the textbook: Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario. Chapters on non-compliance with the Rules of Civil Procedure and Part VI of the Courts of Justice Act regarding Judges and Officers. Publication forthcoming in 2021

  • Keeping Tabs Newsletter, Fall 2017: Sweeping Changes Proposed to the Ontario Auto Insurance System; The Advocates’ Journal, Spring 2016: Modernizing Our Court System