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Virtual Civil Trials

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90 minutes
Clayton Conlan
Jennifer L. Hunter
Jessica Kimmel
Lindsey Love-Forrester
Tanya Pagliaroli
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
90 minutes
$119.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

While people around the globe are asking each other “have you got the jab yet?”, litigators are asking each other “have you done a Zoom trial yet?” Join us for our live webinar on practical considerations and advice about litigating virtual civil trials. Our expert panelists, two Ontario Superior Court of Justice judges and two seasoned local litigators, will share their own recent experiences with a virtual trial. Whether you’re a new or seasoned litigation lawyer, this program will assist you with your first/upcoming Zoom trial.

The panel will cover:

  • Preparing yourself and your client for this new medium
  • Virtual written and oral advocacy tips
  • Effectively using the new electronic tools for adducing evidence and sharing documents
  • Professionalism and decorum in the virtual courtroom.


The Honourable Clayton Conlan

Justice Conlan was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2011.  He sits most regularly in Milton, Ontario.  He is also a Deputy Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Justice Conlan is a Director on the Board of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges’ Association, a member of the Association’s judicial conduct committee, the chair of the Association’s access to justice committee, and a Canadian delegate at the International Association of Judges.  In the latter capacity, Justice Conlan has represented Canada at international conferences in Morocco (2018) and Kazakhstan (2019).

Justice Conlan participates in many oral advocacy competitions every year including the Arnup Cup, the Sopinka Cup, the Gale Cup, and the Bertha Wilson Moot.

Jennifer L. Hunter

Jennifer is the Practice Group Leader for the Insurance Law Group at Lerners LLP in Toronto and her expertise includes the defence of claims in the following areas: municipal and public entity liability; cyber and privacy breaches; E&O liability; general and commercial liability; motor vehicle; personal injury; property damage, and occupier’s liability. She also has particular expertise in the area of professional liability and has acted on behalf of professionals, including police officers, lawyers, physicians, an other health professionals to defend claims involving allegations of professional liability, negligent investigation, malicious prosecution, excessive force and defamation. She has also appeared as counsel on disciplinary matters and acts as independent legal counsel to regulatory bodies. She also advises professionals with respect to matters of privacy law and cyber security. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she provided advice to health professionals and organizations regarding public health and regulatory compliance.

She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for her expertise in Professional Malpractice, Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, was recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as "One to Watch" in Litigation - Commercial Insurance, and is a recipient of the Lexpert Rising Stars award.

The Honourable Jessica Kimmel

The Honourable Madam Justice Kimmel is a justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. 

Previously litigation counsel with an extensive corporate/commercial and insolvency litigation and arbitration practice.  Justice Kimmel remains a judicial fellow of the ACTL, and served on many professional and bar committees, including as President (2009) and a board member of the Toronto Lawyers' Association and as a member of the board of the Advocates’ Society.  Over her extensive career she has been a regular presenter at CPD seminars and has written extensively on substantive and procedural topics in her areas of specialty and on matters of practice on topics such as electronic trials, privilege and civility.

Lindsey Love-Forrester

Lindsey  Love-Forrester  is a partner at Lerners LLP.  Her practice focuses exclusively on family law, representing and advising clients on all issues related to divorce, custody and access, spousal and child support, and division of property, including the negotiation and preparation of complex financial agreements and settlements. 

Lindsey started her practice in corporate commercial litigation at a top-tier multi-national law firm and has since developed a family law practice in which she has a specialized focus on the financial issues arising out of separation and divorce matters including complex corporate transactions, structures and family trusts.

On March 10, 2020, she was in a trial, and between the time the Judge entered in the morning and an Order had been made late that afternoon, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since that day – Lindsey has been “in court” for a dozen attendances, several motions, examinations, a two-week trial, and a full-day hearing in the Court of Appeal – but what she has not done, like all of you, is physically set foot in a courtroom since she left 393 University that day.

Tanya Pagliaroli

Tanya practices a broad range of civil litigation including commercial disputes, employment, professional liability and administrative law. She has extensive advocacy experience at both the trial and appellate level of court, as well as arbitrations and administrative tribunals. Tanya graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1998 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

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