Excellence and integrity are the core values of Alexandra's approach to practising law.
Alexandra decided she wanted to pursue a legal career after reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" in high school. The book sparked in her an appreciation for justice and the rule of law and a desire to work in an arena where she could be an advocate for others. Today, what Alexandra enjoys most about being an advocate is being able to effectively and persuasively tell a person's story with a view to advancing their legal position and obtaining the most just result. She prides herself in being very responsive to her clients' needs and in her ability to provide practical legal advice. She also enjoys working with other lawyers, whether opposing counsel or otherwise, and views civility as an essential element of a lawyer's professional responsibility.
Alexandra is a litigator whose practice focuses on estates, trusts and capacity litigation as well as professional negligence. She also has been counsel in a number of Consent and Capacity Board appeals before the Courts on matters relating to treatment issues under the Health Care Consent Act, 1996 and the Mental Health Act. Separate and apart from estate matters, Alexandra has a niche expertise in freedom of information and privacy matters and regularly advocates on behalf of her clients before the privacy regulators, including the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and has appeared before the Courts when matters are judicially reviewed.
Alexandra joined Goddard Gamage in 2021. Prior to that time, her professional experience has been diverse, from working at a national Bay Street firm to managing her own law firm for a number of years in Prince Edward County where her husband (also a lawyer) attempted and eventually gave up growing and maintaining a small vineyard. She is currently on the executive of The Advocates' Society's Estates Litigation Practice Group and is regularly asked to speak about various estates, trusts and capacity issues at programs for the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association.
Before going to law school at the University of Alberta, Alexandra obtained two degrees from the University of Toronto, including a Master of Arts Degree in Slavic Linguistics as a result of her love of languages. When not practising law, Alexandra can be found watching her son play hockey or watching her daughter compete in dressage (horse ballet) shows in Ontario and Florida. She also has a love of riding horses, plays acoustic guitar (without mastering barre chords) and enjoys good food and fine wine.
- Certificate in Health Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development 2012
- Bar Admission Course Law Society of Ontario 2002
- Bachelor of Laws University of Alberta 2001
- Master of Arts University of Toronto 1998
- Honours Bachelor of Arts University of Toronto 1996
Publications and Presentations
- "Rights and Obligations of Attorneys and Guardians" Osgoode Intensive Program in Wills & Estates 2021: Powers of Attorney and Guardianship - Non-contentious and Contentious Matters, April 27, 2020
- “Update on Medical Assistance in Dying”, LSO: 23rd Estates and Trusts Summit (Day 1), October 7, 2020.
- “Testing the Reliability of Video Evidence”, Essential Evidence Series for Estate Litigators (OBA), August 20, 2020
- Co-Chair with Nimali Gamage LSO: 22nd Annual Estates & Trusts Summit 2019 (Day 2), October 17, 2019.
- ;Co-Chair with Nimali Gamage LSO: 21st Annual Estates & Trusts Summit 2018 (Day 2), October 11, 2018.
- “Deathbed Retainers”, LSO: 6 Minute Estates Lawyer 2018, May 3, 2018.
- “Succession Planning for Lawyers”, with Suzana Popovic-Montag, LSUC E-Course, November 8, 2017.
- “Sale, Transition or Closure – The Challenges & Benefits in Creating a Succession Plan for Lawyers”, 1000 Islands Legal Conference, September 29, 2017.
- “Succession Planning for Litigators”, Law Society of Upper Canada, panel presentation with Ian Hull, Suzana Popovic-Montag and Rod Ferguson, May 25, 2017.
- “The BMO-Case – Discrimination in Wills Decision of the Court of Appeal”, LSUC: The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2017, May 8, 2017.
- “Annotated Power of Attorney for Personal Care”, co-authored and co-presented with Hilary Laidlaw and Nimali Gamage, LSUC The Annotated Powers of Attorney for Property and for Personal Care, February 24, 2017.
- “Succession Planning for Your Legal Practice” co-authored/presented with Kathleen McDormand, LSUC: Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2016, September 20, 2016.
- “Advising clients on powers of attorney for personal care and end of life issues”, LSUC: 17th Annual Estates & Trusts Summit 2014 (Day 2), November 4, 2014.
- “Who is a Spouse? Navigating and Avoiding Spousal Claims on Death”, Chair of Program, Ontario Bar Association, September 16, 2014.
- Executive Member-At-Large of The Advocates' Society's Estate Litigation Practice Group
- Ontario Bar Association