Jacquelyn Stevens

Jacquelyn is a partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. Jacquelyn is designated as a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario. Jacquelyn has significant expertise representing a wide range of clients in environmental civil litigation, defence of prosecutions by environmental regulators, and at administrative appeals and hearings.

Jacquelyn also provides effective advice and solutions for environmental due diligence and compliance, brownfields/contaminated site remediation, and environmental approvals for air, odour, noise and waste. Jacquelyn has a separate practice advising both First Nations and private sector clients on Aboriginal environmental law issues. In addition to her law degree, Jacquelyn has a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie University, a M.Sc. in Geology from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Master of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School. Jacquelyn is called to the bar in Ontario.

Jacquelyn Stevens, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.S.E.L., LL.B.
Jacquelyn Stevens
Partner Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
4 King Street West, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M5H 1B6
Tel: 416-862-4828 | Fax: 416-863-1938

Jennifer GoldJennifer Gold, a partner of the law firm, Wood Gold LLP, practices family law and wills. By entering into partnership, Jennifer Gold, sought to create an alternative to the traditional law firm and thereby achieve work-life balance and a diverse workplace. Their efforts were noted by Carol Goar in her article for the Toronto Star entitled, “Women Create Family-Friendly Law Practice”. Jennifer graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English and Psychology and holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2002. She is a member of the Peel Law Association and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for North York Women’s Shelter. She has a keen interest in feminism, equity and diversity issues as well as grassroots advocacy relating to these issues. When Jennifer is not practicing law and managing a law firm, she enjoys spending time with her family, and singing with a competitive women’s barbershop chorus, where she enjoys her role as Team Leader to the chorus management team. Jennifer Gold Partner Wood Gold LLP | www.woodgold.ca

Shelley C. Quinn

Shelley C. Quinn is a lawyer with her own family law practice—Quinn Family Law. She obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and recently completed her LL.M. in family law at Osgoode. Shelley articled with the Department of Justice Canada and was Crown Counsel with the federal Justice Department for 17 years. She received the Department of Justice’s national Humanitarian Excellence Award in 2013, for her community volunteer work in Toronto.

Shelley is the Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum and on the executive of the Family Lawyer’s Association. She is a Board Member of Woodgreen Community Services and a former Board Member of the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and Houselink Community Homes.

Shelley C. Quinn LL.B.
1749 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4C 1J1
t. (416) 551-1025
f. (416) 921-3848


Emily is an associate at Quinn Family Law. She represents clients on issues including divorce, custody and access of children, child and spousal support, and division of property. Emily regularly appears before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Before joining Quinn Family Law, Emily summered and articled at a large boutique litigation firm in downtown Toronto.

She obtained her Juris Doctor and her Honours Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Music and French Studies from the University of Ottawa. While attending the University of Ottawa, Emily competed in several oral advocacy competitions. She won first place in the Canadian National Negotiation Competition in Winnipeg. Her performance led her to the International Negotiation Competition in Oslo, Norway, where she competed against more than 30 teams from around the world and was awarded second place.

Emily has been a member of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario since her articles when she was an active member of the Articling Chapter. She has since sat on several committees including Communications and Programming. Emily joined the Board of Directors in 2020.

Emily Kostandoff
Quinn Family Law

Jocelyn Tatebe Jocelyn joined Dutton Brock in 2013. Jocelyn's insurance defence practice focuses on first party accident benefits disputes. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice as well as the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Ayesha Laldin Ayesha practices in civil litigation. She graduated from a joint a degree program in law from the University of Ottawa and in Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She received her B.Sc. and B.A. from McMaster University.

Lindsay Woods Linsday practices Commercial Litigation at Lerners LLP in Toronto.

Sylvia has been working for the City of Toronto's Legal Services - Prosecution Division since 2018. Prior to this she worked for the Niagara Region's Prosecution team. Current work focuses on appellant work at the Ontario Court of Justice and is a volunteer mentor for newly arrived lawyers through TRIEC. She graduated from Osgoode Hall with a joint JD and Masters in Environmental Policy in 2015. Before attending Law School she spent two years teaching English in rural Japan and has kept up her interest for work abroad by completing two law focused internships in East Africa.

She can be reached at sylvia.kym@gmail.com

Vagmi Patel

Vagmi practices Civil Litigation with an emphasis on subrogated claims involving construction-related litigation and contractor’s negligence, environmental disputes, product liability, and property damage.

Prior to joining Mason Caplan Roti LLP, Vagmi articled and practiced at a prominent insurance defence firm in Toronto, assisting counsel in defence of personal injury, occupier’s liability, and contractor negligence. She has appeared in front of the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Small Claims Court, the Social Benefits Tribunal, and the Landlord Tenant Board.

Vagmi obtained her law degree from the University of Windsor. While at Windsor, she worked as a litigator at the community legal clinic in Windsor representing underprivileged clients in civil, criminal, and residential tenancy matters. Vagmi completed a semester at the University of Mannheim in Germany through an exchange program. Prior to attending law school, Vagmi completed her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences and worked as a research assistant in Molecular Biology and Pathology.

During articling, Vagmi was Co-Chair of the Articling Chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. She now sits on the Mentoring and Social Committee.


Honours Bachelor of Science, McMaster University, 2012
Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, 2016

Professional Affiliations:

Law Society of Ontario
Women’s Law Association of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association

Shannon Paine

Shannon Paine is Associate Counsel for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Shannon’s previous work includes articling with the City of Calgary, practicing as a corporate regulatory lawyer with a boutique firm specializing in food law, and working as in-house counsel with the Electrical Safety Authority. Shannon graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies and received her combined JD and Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University. She was called to the Bars of Alberta and Ontario in 2014. Shannon is also a Director with the Mississauga Children’s Choir, Governance Committee member with the Adoption Council of Ontario, and Vice-President of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association for Southeastern Ontario.

Shannon Paine JD, MPA
Associate Counsel

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario