Laura E. MacDonald is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. Laura’s practice involves litigating all types of intellectual property disputes, with a focus on complex patent litigation. Laura also has experience litigating disputes centered on trademarks, copyright, confidential information and trade secrets.
Before joining McCarthy Tétrault, Laura worked in the litigation group at a leading intellectual property boutique. Laura has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil and gas, telecommunications, mortgage investment, and health and wellness industries in all types of intellectual property disputes before the Federal Court of Canada. Laura has also appeared as counsel before the Federal Court of Appeal.
Laura earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude with a specialization in Law and Technology from the University of Ottawa. While in law school, Laura completed an internship at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), worked as a research assistant to a prominent professor of intellectual property law, and assisted counsel for intellectual property stakeholders in two interventions before the Supreme Court of Canada relating to key issues in patent and copyright law. Laura also achieved an undefeated record in competitive moot court on intellectual property issues. With her team, Laura won the 2015 Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot and the 2016 Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, and received awards for her oral advocacy skills at the national and international level.
Prior to law school, Laura graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program with particular interest in biochemistry and immunology. Her thesis work focussed on investigating and disrupting bacterial protein interactions vital to infection in multi-drug resistant pathogens to further the development of novel therapeutic interventions.
Laura was called to the bar in 2017. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the Advocate’s Society, the Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), and Young Women in Law (YWL).