Christine Wadsworth is a senior associate in our Litigation group in Toronto. She maintains a broad litigation practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation, professional liability, internal investigations and criminal defence.
Christine has served as lead counsel at both the trial and appellate level. She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including multiple appearances at the Court of Appeal. She has also appeared before the Competition Tribunal, the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Consent and Capacity Board. She regularly acts as a Prosecutor before the Ontario College of Teachers’ Discipline Committee and Fitness to Practise Committee.
Christine’s experience includes:
- Defending physicians in professional liability cases tried by juries.
- Counsel on an internal investigation for a public company.
- Acting for financial institutions at the motion, trial and appellate level.
- Representing a large entertainment company at trial in a case involving a contractual dispute.
- Representing a large transportation company in proceedings on the Commercial List.
- Defending clients in criminal proceedings at the trial and appellate level.
Christine serves as co-director of McCarthy Tétrault’s pro bono criminal defence program, which is a partnership with the University of Toronto’s community legal clinic Downtown Legal Services. This program provides pro bono representation on criminal trials and appeals. Christine has also acted as pro bono counsel to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.
Christine is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches Evidence in the Common Law LLM program. Christine has presented at continuing professional development sessions run by the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Christine was a consultant for a defence team at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague and worked in Judges’ Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Christine received her JD from the University of Toronto and participated in an exchange to the University of Amsterdam. While in law school, she was an active member of the competitive mooting program, winning Top Oralist at the 2011 Cassels Brock Cup and the second place team award at the 2012 Gale Cup Moot. She also competed in five debating World Championships. Christine received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Distinction in Political Studies from Queen's University. At Queen's, she was a Loran Scholar and a recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship.
Christine is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.
- “Ontario Court of Appeal Overturns Divisional Court’s Decision in CPSO v. Peirovy”, Canadian Appeals Monitor, June 12, 2018
- "Recent Developments in Competition Private Actions", co-written with Sarah W. Corman, Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2014, Thomson Reuters, December 2014
- "Striking Down Mandatory Minimums: A Review of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s Decisions in R. v. Nur and R. v. Smickle", Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2014 – Criminal Justice – Litigating a Smarter Charter, February 8, 2014