Melissa has been widely recognized within the profession as one of Canada’s leading securities and corporate commercial litigation lawyers.
Melissa’s expertise is unique in that she acts on a wide range of securities regulatory matters before the OSC, IIROC and the MFDA, both on the prosecution and defence side. Melissa routinely acts as counsel on compliance and registrant regulation matters and enforcement investigations, settlements and contested proceedings involving such issues as insider trading, disclosure violations and market manipulation. Melissa also acts as outside prosecution counsel on complex disciplinary matters before the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and is regularly retained to advise on matters before other regulatory authorities across the country in the insurance and financial sectors.
Melissa maintains an active commercial litigation practice and has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario. She advises investors, registrants, issuers, officers, directors, underwriters and private and public corporations on a variety of corporate and securities matters, including securities class action proceedings, corporate and shareholder disputes, oppression remedy matters, proxy battles, corporate governance matters, investment loss claims, breach of contract and professional negligence matters. Melissa’s significant expertise on disciplinary regulatory matters, as both prosecutor and defence counsel, allows her to strategically advise her professional clients in the complex context of concurrent civil and regulatory proceedings.
Since 2017, Melissa has been recognized as one of the Top Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. In 2018 & 2022, Melissa was named the Lawyer of the Year for Securities Law in the Toronto area by Best Lawyers in Canada. Melissa has also been recognized by Lexpert as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada, by Chambers Canada as a leader in the field of securities litigation and by Best Lawyers in the fields of corporate commercial and securities litigation.
According to reviewers:
“Melissa is my go-to lawyer when I have a challenging case. Her written and oral advocacy are both delivered at a superior level and her client support and service are consistently high.” — Chambers Canada
“Melissa is extremely thorough, smart, responsive, has an excellent command of the subject matter, litigation skill, and understanding of client expectation/requirements. She is very cool under pressure and can defuse a crisis. She always puts in whatever work is necessary to get the job done well, and on time.” — Benchmark Litigation
Moderator, Northwind’s 2nd Internal and Enforcement Investigations Invitational Forum Conference, June 11 & 12, 2019
Faculty, “Securities Advocacy”, The Advocates’ Society, May 7, 2019
Speaker, “Client Complaints and Complaint Resolution”, PCMA Compliance Network Meeting, June 19, 2018
Speaker, “Institutional Bias”, Disciplinary Resources Group, CPA Organizations in Canada, June 8, 2018
Faculty, 16th Annual Spring Symposium: The Advocates Matters, The Advocates’ Society, April 27, 2017
Panellist, “Private Lending and the Private Markets — Issues and Challenges for MICs and MIEs”, 2016 PCMA Conference, May 9, 2016
Speaker, “A Perspective From Past Regulators Who Have Retired Their Jerseys”, Stickhandling Compliance Challenges, NSCP 2016 Canadian Conference, April 4, 2016
Panellist, “When Compliance Reviews Don’t Go As Planned”, Capital Raising and Effective Regulation — Private Capital Markets and Canada’s Economic Development, 2015 PCMA Conference, May 19, 2015