Vanessa Payne is a member of our legal research team and practices primarily in the areas of labour and administrative law.
Vanessa’s practice focuses on the preparation of legal argument for judicial review and appeal hearings at all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also prepares legal opinions and other written submissions and pleadings, and co-ordinates the defence of striking or locked-out union members in injunction proceedings.
In addition to providing legal support to the firm’s litigators, Vanessa maintains the firm’s knowledge management systems and runs the firm’s student programmes.
Vanessa received her law degree from the University of Toronto, graduating with honours. She also has a bachelor of arts degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University. She joined the firm as an articling student and returned following her call to the Ontario Bar in 1993.
Vanessa is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and was a member of the founding board of directors of the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario).
- Reference re: Same Sex Marriage
- Halpern v. Canada (Attorney General)
- CUPE v. Ontario (Minister of Labour)