Emilie (McLachlan) Maxwell

Associate - London


Plaintiffs’ Class Action Lawyer – Consumer Rights and Protections

P: 519.660.7824 ⋅ F: 416.594.4377 ⋅ emilie.maxwell@siskinds.com

Called to the Bar in Ontario, 2011

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About Emilie

I am an associate lawyer with the Siskinds’ Class Actions team.

My day-to-day practice is focused on prosecuting consumer protection class actions. These class actions seek to expose illegal business practices and/or representations that harm groups of customers, and to hold those businesses to account for their wrongdoing. Often these actions stem from violations of consumers’ rights under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act. If you feel your rights have been violated, please contact me by email or by phone at 519.660.7824 to discuss.

I also help our team litigate environmental, pharmaceutical, product liability, price-fixing, and securities class actions. Because class actions is a relatively new (and evolving) area of law, our team is almost always dealing with novel legal issues; and because of this novelty, our practice involves a lot of precedent-setting appeal work. As a lawyer and trained librarian, I’m deeply excited by these aspects of our practice because it means that I can use my research and analytical skills to the benefit of both our existing and our future clients. This nature of practice also means that I’ve developed a particular strength in writing legal arguments (i.e. “written advocacy”), which has led to my involvement in many of our team’s most complicated motions and appeals.

As a plaintiffs’-side class action lawyer, I naturally value access to justice—by “access to justice”, I mean breaking down financial, social, or other barriers to ensure that ordinary Canadians can enjoy the full benefits of our legal system. I am always looking for new ways that class proceedings can be used to obtain access to justice for our clients. I am also excited by the opportunities presented by emerging legal technologies, and particularly their potential to make it quicker and easier for everyone to enforce their rights.

Education

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (JD)

Western University, Faculty of Information & Media Studies (MLIS)

Western University, Faculty of Science (Hons. Bsc)

"Class litigation mitigates economic barriers to justice. By continuing to advance claims that might otherwise not be prosecuted, our clients can secure compensation for their losses while deterring future misconduct."

— Emilie Maxwell

Phone Number 519.660.7824