Jennifer  Dolman

Jennifer Dolman, Partner, Litigation

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.5911
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 1991

Education

  • McGill University, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, B.A.

Office

Toronto

Language(s)

English

Biography

Jennifer conducts a broad commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on assisting franchisors with their business critical disputes, including defending claims under Ontario’s Arthur Wishart Act for rescission, breach of the duty of good faith, statutory misrepresentation, and interference with the right to associate, enforcing terminations, and defending franchise group and class actions. Jennifer also handles intellectual property matters (including trade-mark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes, and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information), defamation (including statements made via the Internet), privacy, and employment. Jennifer has expertise in the area of injunctions and emergency applications, especially regarding the enforcement of restrictive covenants against franchisees, dealers, distributors, licensees or departing senior employees. Jennifer has appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts. Prior to commencing her litigation practice at Osler, she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court (General Division) from 1991 to 1992. Jennifer is very active on social media.  You can connect with her on www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferdolman  and www.twitter.com/jenniferdolman. Jennifer also writes a regular online franchise column for the FP Entrepreneur.  Her posts are available at: http://business.financialpost.com/author/fpjenniferdolman/.

Notable Matters

  • Aaron Rents, Inc. in its defence of two separate actions by franchisees (one in Ontario/the other in B.C.) who abandoned their franchises.
  • Budget Blinds, Inc. in its successful defence of an application to expunge its trade-marks.
  • Culligan of Canada and Culligan International Company in the defence and settlement of an action by a bottled water distributor who claimed to be a franchisee and a beneficiary under a California settlement agreement.
  • General Motors of Canada Limited in the defence of various on-going proceedings, including a class and group action, relating to the reduction of its Canadian dealer network.
  • Imperial Oil Limited in the defence and settlement of an action commenced by Canadian Tire Corporation Limited over the application of a most favoured customer clause.
  • M & M Meat ShopsLtd. in its successful defence of an application by Mars Inc. regarding the alleged breach of an agreement dealing with the co-existence of the parties’ trade-marks.
  • Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. in its defence of an action commenced by its former Canadian distributor who claims it was a franchisee within the meaning of the Arthur Wishart Act.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. in its current defence of a prospective class action brought on behalf of its Associates.

Affiliations

  • Advocates’ Society (regular instructor at discovery and cross-examination workshops)
  • American Bar Association (member of Litigation Section, Forum on Franchising and Franchise Law Journal Editorial Board)
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association (member of Class Action, Civil Litigation, E-commerce and Technology, Franchise Law and Privacy Sections)

Industry Recognition

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011-2013: Franchising Law (Most Frequently Recommended)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2013: Franchising Law
  •  Best Lawyers in Canada 2008-2014: Franchise Law (Toronto Franchise Lawyer of the Year  for 2012)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada since 2010: Franchise (known for her “careful handling of franchise and distribution disputes”, 2013 edition)
  • The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers since 2009
  • Franchise Times Legal Eagle 2011-2013

Publications/Events/Education

Pro Bono/Community Work

  • ABA Franchise Law Journal, Editorial Board
  • The Advocates’ Society, Workshop Instructor
  • CFA Ontario Regional Law Day (2009, 2010) Planning Committee and 2007 Co-chair
  • Havergal College, Board of Governors
  • IFA Legal Symposium Task Force (2008-2009)
  • LJN’s Franchising & Business Law Alert, Editorial Board
  • Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section, Program Co-ordinator