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 with particular experience in the aviation and media industries, including claims work, regulatory disputes, administrative law, libel/slander law, constitutional law and appellate advocacy. 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 the Ontario courts and before 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)

  • Providing advice and representation in contractual disputes, including issues relating to jurisdiction and complex documentary evidence and damages
  • Providing advice and representation in insurance related matters including defence of personal injury claims
  • Providing advice and representation in matters before administrative tribunals
  • Acting for air carriers and the general aviation community (and their respective insurers) in commercial and liability claims – selected by international peers to be included in the international Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Transport- Aviation) for her “advocacy ability”
  • Successfully obtained dismissals of actions against air carriers in several reported decisions before various levels of court (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)
  • Represented air carriers as co-counsel in complex hearings before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Transportation Agency on issues of passenger rights and carrier regulation involving numerous medical, safety and accident experts
  • Acting for various media outlets, publishers, journalists, authors and individuals in defamation cases, liability claims, privacy issues, copyright issues, access to information requests, internet libel cases
  • Experienced in opposing publication bans and sealing orders – frequently represent several Canadian media organizations in proceedings before the courts for access to sealed court documents, including public access to judicial authorizations issued in high profile investigations such as Rob Ford, Vice-Admiral Norman and the VIA Rail terrorist plot
  • Experienced in defending confidentiality privilege for journalists and academics:
    • 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 for the purpose of a proposed class action (1654776 Ontario Ltd. v. Stewart and The Globe and Mail, Ontario Court of Appeal, 2013)
    • appeared before the Supreme Court as co-counsel for an intervener newspaper in a landmark case that established 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 on the basis that the documents are protected by researcher-participant confidentiality privilege. This was the first time the researcher-participant confidentiality privilege was recognized by a Canadian court (Parent c. R, QCCS, 2014)
  • Frequently act for academics in disciplinary actions and freedom of expression issues, including appearing 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)
  • Successfully defended an application for copyright infringement brought against the author and publisher of a young adult fictional novel inspired by true events (Maltz et al. v. Witterick et al., FCC, 2016)
  • Advocates’ Society, Member
  • American Bar Association, Air & Space Law Forum – Canadian Liaison, Governing Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association, Air and Space Law Section, Executive Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Entertainment, Media and Communications Section, Member
  • International Aviation Women’s Association, Member
  • Korean Canadian Lawyers’ Association, Member
  • Women in Aviation International, Member
  • Women in Aerospace, Member
  • Young Women in Law, Founding Member
  • Guest lecturer on media law at Western University Law School and Canadian University Press
  • Co-presenter of confidentiality privilege primer to the Canadian Association of University Teachers 2016 Council Meeting
  • Panelist at International Association of Korean Lawyers Conference (2014 & 2016)
  • Panelist at International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium (2011), American Bar Association Air and Space Law Forum (2010 and 2014), Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference (2014)
  • Regular contributor to BJCTB’s Litigation Notes and Transportation Notes, and the BCJTB Canadian Aviation Update Annual Review
  • Co-author of presentations on media law: underwriting media policies and Internet libel; fundamentals of libel law for university journalists
  • “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