Jennifer has been practicing commercial litigation for over 25 years, after clerking for the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court (General Division). Jennifer’s practice focuses primarily on assisting Canadian and international franchisors, from a variety of industries including quick service restaurants, retail, pharmacy, automotive, real estate, hospitality, education, manufacturing and technology, with their business critical disputes. She regularly defends claims by individual franchisees, as well as franchisee group and class actions, under Ontario’s Arthur Wishart Act and other Canadian franchise statutes, for rescission, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, misrepresentation and interference with the right to associate, and enforcing terminations.
In addition to franchise matters, Jennifer also represents manufacturers and suppliers in their disputes with agents and distributors, defends wrongful dismissal claims (in which she has responded to a number of summary judgment motions) and human rights complaints for employers, and has experience in intellectual property (including trade-mark and copyright infringement, and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information), defamation (including statements made via the Internet) and privacy matters. Jennifer has particular 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 is an active participant in franchise organizations in Canada and the U.S., is the current Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section, and a frequent speaker and writer. In addition to having written over 35 franchise articles for FP Entrepreneur at: http://business.financialpost.com/author/fpjenniferdolman/, Jennifer regularly posts franchise articles on her LinkedIn account at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferdolman/, and recently completed five years of being the only Canadian on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s Franchise Law Journal. Jennifer volunteers as a skills instructor and speaker at The Advocates’ Society, sits on the Board of Governors of Havergal College, an independent girls school in Toronto. Jennifer is a member of Women Get on Board Inc., and is interested in pursuing new board opportunities.