Jessica Harding

Jessica is a litigator in the Montréal office. She has completed her Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degrees at the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and her master’s degree in pharmacology from the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal.

Jessica’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, including more particularly consumer class actions, product liability litigation, arbitration and international private law. Jessica has appeared before the Access to information Commission of Québec, various arbitral tribunals, the Court of Québec, the Superior Court of Québec, the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.


Representative Work

  • Veolia Health Operating Services in the design-build defect claims against the constructors of the new Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal
  • Messier, Savard & Associés Inc. in its acquisition of Le Mirage golf club
  • Bausch Health Companies, in connection with a product liability class action
  • Amex Bank of Canada and Toronto Dominion Bank, in a proposed class action alleging the breach of section of the Consumer Protection Act
  • Amex Bank of Canada in its defence against 4 class actions concerning credit cards fees and various provisions of the Consumer Protection Act
  • La société des casinos du Québec Inc., in a proposed class action alleging breaches to the Consumer Protection Act
  • Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited, before the Québec Superior Court and the Québec Court of Appeal, in relation to its defence against two class actions regarding product liability
  • Target Corporation Inc., before the Québec Superior Court and the Québec Court of Appeal, in relation with a privacy class action relating to a data breach
  • Trans Union of Canada Inc. in various proceedings before the Access to Information Commission of Québec
  • A major electronics manufacturer, defending against claims brought by consumers pursuant to the Québec Consumer Protection Act

Latest Insights

  • Report May 7, 2024

    Privacy Jurisprudence Review

    Osler's semi-annual Privacy Jurisprudence Review is intended to help busy in-house counsel, Chief Privacy Officers and compliance professionals...

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    Privacy Jurisprudence Review
  • Blog Dec 7, 2023

    Québec class actions: strong evidence required on the merits

    A recent Superior Court of Québec judgment reminds plaintiffs of the need to present strong evidence of prohibited practices to obtain a favourable...

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    Québec class actions: strong evidence required on the merits
  • Blog Oct 19, 2023

    Class counsel fees in Québec: No more open bar

    Québec courts are increasingly scrutinizing fee agreements submitted by plaintiff lawyers in class actions, placing greater importance on fairness...

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    Class counsel fees in Québec: No more open bar
  • Blog Jun 29, 2023

    Québec class actions: Is French required for settlement approval?

    A current case before the Québec Court of Appeal will likely help determine whether there is an obligation under the Charter of the French Language...

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    Québec class actions: Is French required for settlement approval?
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Awards and Recognition

  •  Jeune Barreau de Montréal (Young Bar Association of Montréal): Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in Civil and Commercial Litigation (2021)
  • Best Lawyers: Recognized as “One to Watch” in Class Action Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Recognized as “Future Star”; “40 & Under List”
  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Recognized as a Rising Star (2023)

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Nov 23, 2023

    Brian Gray and Jessica Harding named 2023 Lexpert Rising Stars

    Congratulations to Brian Gray and Jessica Harding on being named 2023 Lexpert Rising Stars: Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40.

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  • Osler News Aug 2, 2023

    Osler lawyers recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s ‘40 & Under List’ 2023

    Osler congratulates four partners for being recognized in the 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under List.”

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  • Osler News Feb 14, 2022

    Osler welcomes 17 new partners and 2 new counsel in 2022

    Osler is proud to announce the addition of 17 new partners and two new counsel across our offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa and...

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  • Osler News Dec 3, 2021

    Jessica Harding recognized by Jeune Barreau de Montréal as Lawyer of the Year in Civil and Commercial Litigation

    Jessica Harding, an associate in the Litigation practice, has been recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Civil and Commercial Litigation at the 2021...

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 24/5/2023
AccessPrivacy Monthly Call: Data Litigation Roundtable: highlights from recent jurisprudence in the privacy sphere
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speaker 15/9/2022
Domestic and International Arbitration
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speaker 13/5/2016
ILCO’s 26TH Annual Conference
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Credentials

Education

  • Université de Montréal, J.D.
  • Université de Montréal, LL.B.
  • Université de Montréal, M.Sc.
  • Université de Montréal, B.Sc.

Languages

  • English
  • French

Professional Affiliations

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Member of the organizing committee of the Women of Distinction Awards, by Montréal's Women's Y Foundation