Jennifer L. Egsgard, Partner
Jennifer Egsgard acts as counsel in all aspects of the commercial litigation process including drafting court documents, representing clients in negotiations and at pre-trials and mediations, arguing motions, working with experts to prepare reports and testimony, interviewing witnesses, and conducting examinations for discovery, cross examinations and examinations in aid of execution.
She advises companies in respect of compliance with anti-bribery laws and corporate social responsibility standards, and recently represented a medium-sized Canadian company in a dispute with a foreign government over proposed royalty tax increases, resulting in defeat of the proposed measures. Jennifer is frequently asked to speak on issues relating to emerging corporate social responsibility norms.
Prior to co-founding Sills Egsgard LLP, Jennifer Egsgard's legal career included six years of practice at Fasken Martineau, one of Canada’s largest national law firms. There, Jennifer engaged in a diverse litigation practice, with an emphasis on civil, administrative, international and regulatory law matters. Jennifer acted with Mark Sills for a number of clients in matters before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, including procurement and anti-dumping matters. As an example, she represented a large Canadian ethanol producer in an anti-dumping and countervailing duty complaint in respect of grain corn imports from the USA.
In the civil litigation area, she commenced and defended actions and provided strategic advice to her clients in a wide variety of legal disputes, including claims based in negligence, product liability, contractual issues, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, tendering processes, personal injury, defamation, estates, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, quasi-criminal environmental defence, private international law, wrongful dismissal, international trade and energy law. Jennifer acted for the Attorney General of Canada in a claim for damages for environmental contamination, and was counsel to one of Canada’s largest railway companies on numerous litigation matters. In addition, she was a vice president of the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution Group as well as a member of the firm's Asia-Pacific Practice Group.
Jennifer has also practised for a number of years with a specialized Legal Aid office doing refugee and immigration work. In that capacity, she represented clients in hundreds of hearings before the Immigration Division, Immigration Appeal Division, and Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. In that connection, she successfully argued a number of judicial reviews before the Federal Court of Canada. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jennifer worked at a number of other interesting jobs including a stint as a wrangler on a New Mexico ranch and treeplanting in the wilds of Northern Ontario and Quebec.
In 2012, Jennifer testified as an expert witness before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on proposed changes to Canada's immigration legislation.
Jennifer also practices in association with Caravel Law and Axiom Law.
Called to the Bar of Ontario: 2002
- Member, Advocates' Society
- Member, Legal Committee, Transparency International (Canada)
- Member, Human Rights Watch Canada (Advocacy Committee Co-Chair 2008 - 2012)
- Member, Board of Directors, International Commission of Jurists (Canada)
- Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa, L.L.B. 2001
- George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C., recipient of Bell Mobility scholarship for semester abroad, Fall 2000
- University of Guelph, B.A. (Honours), 1998
- University of Rajasthan, India, Semester Abroad, Fall 1995
Jennifer's publications and presentations include:
- Panellist at the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Montreal, Canada, October 23, 2015, "When Failing Governments Fail: Tools for Lawyers and Businesses"
- Panellist at Kirsch Institute Presentation, "Business and Human Rights: Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act", September 2015
- "Meeting CSR Objectives - Without Inadvertently Violating Anti-Corruption Laws", J. Egsgard Presentation at June 24, 2015 Canadian Institute Conference, "Corruption Compliance: Taking a Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Corruption Risk"
- "The risks that arise from violating CSR norms", published in Northern Miner Global Mining Newspaper, March 5, 2015
- Panelist at the Ontario Bar Association, "CSR and the Critical Role of the Lawyer", February 5, 2015
- Guest lecture, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management, "Anti-Corruption, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law", November 28, 2014
- Presentation to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, "Ethical Sourcing: Critical Strategies to Effectively Monitor Your Global Suppliers", November 12, 2014
- "Supply Chain Due Diligence: The Growing Risks of Failing to Manage your Suppliers", Sills Egsgard Bulletin, August 2014
- "Lessons from Canada's First Anti-Corruption Trial, Northern Miner, September 9, 2013
- "Increasing Global Regulation: Conflict Minerals and Transparency Laws", presentation to the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroluem, Management Economic Society, April 24, 2013
- "Canada's Planned Amendments to Strengthen Laws Against Foreign Bribery", Sills Egsgard LLP E-Bulletin, February 7, 2013
- "Bribery by Third Parties: It may not be enough to say you didn't know", Northern Miner, May 5, 2013
- "Northern Miner Commentary: The new SEC rules for disclosing payments", September 30, 2012
- "Northern Miner Commentary: The new US rules for conflict minerals and their impact on miners", October 1, 2012
- "Investor-State Arbitration Handbook for Investors", co-author with Mark N. Sills and Claude Thomson, Fasken Martineau publication
- "Investor-State Arbitration Handbook for States", co-author with Mark N. Sills and Claude Thomson, Fasken Martineau publication
- "A Canadian Perspective on NAFTA", co-author with Claude Thomson, paper
- presented to Miami conference on international arbitration
- "Privatization and Modernization of Indian Airports", Fasken Martineau India Law Bulletin, May 2006
- "Efforts to Protect Historical Knowledge from Foreign Claims", Fasken Martineau India Law Bulletin, May 2006
- Conversational French