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Breanna Needham is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a general litigation practice that focuses on class actions and complex commercial litigation. She represents a variety of individuals, start-up companies, and leading corporations in complex, high-stakes disputes.

Ms. Needham represents clients before all levels of Court in Ontario, as well as in private arbitrations and before administrative tribunals. She has acted in a wide range of matters, including shareholder disputes, competition/anti-trust claims, prescription pharmaceutical class actions and technology litigation.

In addition to her commercial practice, Ms. Needham also represents physicians accused of medical malpractice on behalf of the Canadian Medical Protective Agency (CMPA). Ms. Needham contributes to a variety of pro bono matters, including a duty counsel program with Pro Bono Law Ontario and recent representation of a proposed public interest intervenor before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Needham received her J.D. (with Distinction) at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2015. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A., with Distinction) with a major in Agronomy from the College of Agriculture & Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a Professional Communication Certificate in persuasive rhetoric and technical communication from the Ron & Jane Graham School of Professional Development at the University of Saskatchewan.

During law school, Ms. Needham was a volunteer at CLASSIC legal clinic, a member of the school's Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot team, an editor for the Saskatchewan Law Review, and a member of the Dean's Forum. She also received several academic accolades, including the BLG Excellence Award and an Upper Year JD Academic Achievement Scholarship. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Needham worked as both an agronomist and a territory sales manager in the agricultural chemical industry.

Ms. Needham was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Women's Law Association of Ontario and Young Women in Law.

Representative Matters:

·        Representing pharmaceutical companies in prescription drug and medical device class actions.

·        Representing a private company in a shareholder dispute.

·        Representing a private company in a contractual dispute against a Fortune 500 company.

Recent Cases:

·        Wise v. Abbott Laboratories, Ltd., 2016 ONSC 7275, the first pharmaceutical class action to be defeated on summary judgment in Canada.

Recent Publications:

·        “Not Quite a No-Hitter: Ontario Superior Court Declines to Strike (Most) Claims Related to Pre-Installed Software,” Canadian Class Actions Monitor, May 25, 2017

·        “Unobjectionable Objections: What, When and How They Should Be Made,” co-authored with Frank McLaughlin, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases

 

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