Jody Brown is a civil litigator with expertise in class actions. Whatever the subject, Jody makes complex litigation understandable and accessible for his clients.
In his class action practice, Jody secures collective redress for mass wrongs committed by corporations and governments. Unions, employees and lawyers regularly rely on Jody in his general litigation practice to advance and protect their interests as plaintiffs or defendants. Jody acts in a wide variety of matters including employment law, insolvency, consumer protection, claims under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, institutional abuse and professional negligence.
Jody is counsel in Granger v. Ontario, the first certified class action regarding an alleged breach of section 8 of the Charter for a class of over 7,000 people who provided consent DNA samples in the course of criminal investigations.
Jody was counsel in the first successfully certified misclassification employment class action in Ontario, Rosen v. BMO. The action ultimately settled to the benefit of the employee class.
Courts have commented on Jody’s achievement for class members as an “excellent result in a very difficult and very risky class action”.
Jody is currently a member of the Class Action Bench-Bar Liaison Committee of the Ontario Bar Association and has served as a member-at-large for the class action section of The Advocates Society.
In 2013, Jody was involved in securing compensation and commemorative measures for individuals with developmental disabilities who were institutionalized since 1945. Cumulative settlements over $100 million were ultimately approved by the courts and the Premier of Ontario delivered an apology to the class members in the legislature.
Providing pro-bono services is a core part of Jody’s practice. Jody regularly acts as pro-bono counsel in a wide variety of matters.
Prior to joining Goldblatt Partners, Jody practiced class action litigation with a leading Toronto class action firm.
In his spare time, Jody can be found cycling or racing with a number of Toronto cycling clubs.