Julia L. Lefebvre

Julia is an associate of the firm with diverse experience in civil litigation.

Julia’s diverse practice includes professional liability matters, health law, media and defamation law as well as commercial and general civil litigation. She appears regularly before all levels of court, boards and tribunals. Julia also provides strategic pre-litigation advice and support to clients. Prior to joining the firm, she articled and practised with a top litigation boutique in Toronto. While at law school, Julia received course awards in Public Law as well as Sentencing and Imprisonment and volunteered with a community legal clinic. Julia interned at the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Barcelona prior to her legal studies. She also worked for the Federal Government on employment programs and coordinated various public awareness campaigns for a charitable organization.


McGill University (B.A. (Jt. Hon. Political Science/Canadian Studies), 2005);

Queen’s University (J.D., 2010)

Additional Languages

Julia is fluent in French.

  • Attendances before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Consent and Capacity Board, the Ontario Review Board, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (Discipline Committee), and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Experienced in drafting pleadings, conducting complex research, advising and representing clients on novel matters
  • Particular experience in media, health, commercial and professional liability matters including the following decisions:

Media and Defamation:

  • Lotin v. Gregor, 2019 ONSC 1510
  • Armstrong v. Corus Entertainment Inc., 2018 ONCA 689 (appeal of anti-SLAPP decision)
  • Toronto Star v. AG Ontario, 2018 ONSC 2586 (counsel for intervenor Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)
  • Catalyst Capital Group v. The Globe and Mail (injunction) (unreported, Commercial List – Superior Court of Justice, March 2018)
  • John v. Bell Media Inc. et al., 2017 ONSC 6307 (motion for summary judgment)
  • Armstrong v. Corus Entertainment et al., 2016 ONSC 52425 (anti-SLAPP motion)
  • CTV v. Her Majesty the Queen, 2015 ONSC 4842 (motion to quash production order)
  • Elder v. Toronto Life et al. (injunction) (unreported, Superior Court of Justice, April 2015)
  • Warman v. National Post Company, 2015 ONSC 267 (motion for production)

Health Law:

  • Nelson v. Livermore, 2017 ONCA 712 (appeal, involuntary status, Charter relief)
  • A.N. v. T.J., 2017 CanLII 61020 (HPARB)
  • PL (Re), 2015 CanLII 88885 (ON CCB)
  • X v. Everson, 2013 ONSC 6134 (trial)
  • Persaud v. Rzadki, 2013 ONSC 4929
  • D. v. N.G.K., 2013 CanLII 12389 (HPARB)
  • H v. E.E., 2013 CanLII 31460 (HPARB)
  • D.M. v. M.M.J., 2013 CanLII 16158 (HPARB)
  • C. v. C.Y.K., 2013 CanLII 8452 (HPARB)
  • L. v. Y.A.K., 2013 CanLII 12784 (HPARB)
  • C. v. N.S.K., 2013 CanLII 33175 (HPARB)
  • H. v. A.D.B., 2013 CanLII 31461 (HPARB)
  • L. v. K.R.P., 2012 CanLII 81435 (HPARB)
  • J. v. S.K.D., 2012 CanLII 71134 (HPARB)
  • C.D., MD v. Dr. X, MD, 2011 CanLII 100710 (HPARB)

Professional Liability, Commercial and Other Litigation:

  • Gu v. Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Inc., 2018 ONSC 2725 (motion for summary judgment)
  • Gu v. Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Inc., 2017 ONSC 2793 (motion for production of documents)
  • Houle v. Sostarich, 2017 ONSC 6025 (motion for interpleader)
  • Heffernan v. Knights of Columbus, 2017 ONCA 534 (appeal)
  • Heffernan v. The Knights of Columbus et al., 2016 ONSC 8072 (motion to enforce settlement)
  • Doyle Salewski Inc. v. BDO Canada Limited, 2016 ONCA 748 (appeal)
  • Salewski Inc. v BDO Canada Ltd., 2016 ONSC 133 (motion for summary judgment)
  • Canadian National Railway v. Holmes, 2014 ONSC 2914 (Commercial List)
  • Canadian National Railway Company v. Holmes, 2014 ONSC 593 (Commercial List)
  • Den Haag Capital, LLC v. Correia, 2010 ONSC 5339 (Commercial List)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)/Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
    • Chair, OBA Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section Executive (2019-2020)
    • OBA Council, Elected Toronto Representative (2018-2020)
    • Ontario Representative, CBA Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section Executive (2019-2020)
    • Former Vice-Chair (2018-2019) and Member-at-Large (2015-2018), OBA Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section Executive
    • Former Chair of OBA Student Division Executive (2010-2011)
    • Former Member of OBA Board of Directors (2010-2011)
    • Former Member of OBA Governance Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Membership Committee and Law Day Committee
  • Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad IDEM), Member
  • Queen’s Law Coach for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Cup (2016-2019)
  • Advocates’ Society, Member
  • Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, membre
  • Presenter, “Defamation Law: A Practical Guide for Litigators”, Civil Litigation Section, Ontario Bar Association, May 14, 2019
  • Presenter, “Defamation Law 2019: Current Issues + Emerging Trends”, Osgoode Professional Development, April 29, 2019
  • Moderator and Program Co-Chair, “SLAPP Law Suits: Practice Essentials”, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section, Ontario Bar Association, Institute, March 20, 2019
  • Presenter, “Social Media Causes of Action”, Social Media and Litigation Seminar, Law Society of Ontario, May 8, 2018
  • Moderator, “Rethinking Defamation Law: The Setting for Reform”, Defamation Law in the Internet Age, International Conference, Law Commission of Ontario, May 3, 2018
  • Moderator and Program Co-Chair, “Dealing with Online Defamation”, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section, Ontario Bar Association, Institute, February 7, 2018
  • Presenter, “The Courts SLAPP Back – How judges are interpreting SLAPP legislation”, Canadian Media Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, November 4, 2017
  • Moderator, “Legal and Practical Avenues for Unmasking Unidentified Internet Posters”, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section, Ontario Bar Association, November 10, 2016, Toronto, Ontario
  • Chair, “Publication Ban Essentials”, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Bootcamp Series, Ontario Bar Association, May 10, 2016, Toronto, Ontario
  • Presenter and Author, “Litigation Costs – Costs in Simplified Procedure: Discretion Rules”, Ontario Bar Association, June 1, 2015, Toronto, Ontario
  • Author, “The new law that will cost Canadians their privacy/Opinion”, Precedent Magazine, December 15, 2014
  • Contributor to BJCTB’s Litigation Blog