Tae Mee Park

Tae Mee is a partner of the firm with 10 years experience in practice as a litigator and provider of legal advice in diverse sectors.

She has a varied litigation practice across several industries, including tort claims, contractual disputes, regulatory & administrative law, media & entertainment law, copyright and cyber liability issues. Her practice has provided her with the opportunity to appear at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court, all levels of Ontario courts, the B.C. and Quebec courts, and before various administrative tribunals, including the Canadian Transportation Agency and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Education

University of Western Ontario (B.A. (Hons. Political Science), 2001) Queen’s University (LL.B., 2004)

Contract & Tort Litigation

  • Providing advice and representation in contract and tort litigation
  • Issues relating to jurisdiction, cyber liability and start-ups
  • Providing advice and representation in insurance related matters including CGL, E&O and SME policies
  • Providing advice and representation to air carriers in regulatory and liability claims: selected by international peers to be included in the international Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Transport- Aviation)
  • Successfully obtained dismissals of actions against air carriers in several noteworthy decisions (Gontcharov v. CanJet et al., S.C.J., 2012; Morten v. Air Canada, F.C.A., 2011; Balani v. Lufthansa, S.C.J., 2010; Ahshad v. Lufthansa, S.C.J., 2009; Lufthansa v. Canada Transportation Agency, F.C.A, 2007)

Media, Entertainment & Copyright

  • Acting for national and local media outlets, publishers, journalists, authors, start-ups and individuals in copyright, libel & slander, licencing, cyber risk and liability, privacy issues, access to information, SLAPP suits, whistleblower/sources protection
  • Successfully defended an application in Federal Court for copyright infringement brought against the author and publisher of a fictional novel inspired by true events (Maltz et al. v. Witterick et al., FCC, 2016)

Access to Information & Confidentiality Privilege

  • Experienced in opposing publication bans and sealing orders – frequently represent Canadian media organizations in proceedings before the courts for access to sealed court documents (i.e.: investigation documents re: Senator Michael Duffy, Mayor Rob Ford, Vice-Admiral Norman, VIA Rail terrorist plot)
  • Expertise in confidentiality privilege
    • successfully defended, as co-counsel, a major newspaper and one of its journalists in a Norwich application where the applicant sought disclosure of certain confidential unnamed sources quoted in an article written in 2008 about the BCE takeover transaction (1654776 Ontario Ltd. v. Stewart and The Globe and Mail, Ontario Court of Appeal, 2013)
    • appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as co-counsel for an intervener newspaper in a landmark case establishing the law of journalist-source confidentiality privilege in Canada (National Post v. Canada, SCC, 2010)
    • successfully represented criminologists in an application before the Quebec Superior Court to oppose the seizure of their work product by the Montreal police. This was the first time the researcher-participant confidentiality privilege was recognized by a Canadian court (Parent c. R, QCCS, 2014)

Regulatory & Administrative Law

  • Providing advice and representation before regulatory and administrative tribunals
  • Frequently act for academics in disciplinary actions and freedom of expression issues. Appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a 4 day judicial review of the decision of a human rights tribunal at McMaster University (Bart et al. v. McMaster et al., SCJ, 2016)
  • Represented air carriers in complex hearings before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Transportation Agency on issues of passenger rights and carrier regulation requiring multiple medical, safety and accident experts
  • Advocates’ Society, Member
  • American Bar Association, Air & Space Law Forum – Canadian Liaison, Governing Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association, Air & Space Law Section—Communications Officer
  • Canadian Bar Association, Entertainment, Media & Communications Section—Member
  • International Aviation Women’s Association—Member
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers—Member; Past Speaker
  • Matthew House, Refugee Reception Services, Toronto – Advisory Board Member, Refugee Hearing Program
  • Young Women in Law—Founding Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer on media law & ethics at Canadian University Press, Western University Law School, University of Toronto Law School
  • Presentation re: confidentiality privilege to Canadian Association of University Teachers (2016 Council Meeting)
  • Panelist at International Association of Korean Lawyers Conference re: complex litigation and aviation (2014 & 2016)
  • Presentation re: Publication Ban Essentials – OBA Entertainment, Media & Communications Law Bootcamp Series (May 2016)
  • Panelist at International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium (2011); ABA Air & Space Law Forum (2010 and 2014); Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference (2014)

Publications

  • Defamation Law for Start-Ups – contributing author in legal text for start-ups (publication pending – Lexis-Nexis)
  • “Canada’s Experience with ATC Privatization,” The Air & Space Lawyer (Summer 2017) (co-author)
  • “Passenger Wishes and Carrier Choices – the Case of Medical Emergencies in Flight,” presented at the IATA Cabin Health Conference, 2007 (co-author)
  • “Regulation of Air Transport in Canada,” Getting the Deal Through, Air Transport (2006) – annual publication by Global Competition Review (co-author)
  • “In the Best Interests of the Aboriginal Child,” Windsor Rev. Social & Legal Issues (Nov. 2003), vol. XVI