Jessie approaches her practice and her clients with both empathy and practicality. As someone who cares deeply about the people she works with, Jessie strives to truly listen to what they tell her so that she can help them achieve a successful result.
It is Jessie’s interest in people and that primarily attracted her to practice estates law. Since joining Goddard Gamage in 2017, Jessie has practiced in estate, guardianship, and consent and capacity litigation, and she is also developing a practice in estate and disability planning and estate administration. Jessie was drawn to these areas after working at an estates and family law boutique prior to attending law school, volunteering as a caseworker at the Legal Aid clinic at Queen’s Law, and assisting a sole practitioner in the Kingston community with child protection and custody and access work. Jessie had a natural affinity for these people-focussed subjects and received awards for the highest academic standing in her Wills & Estates and Advanced Family Law courses, as well as for excellence in the Legal Aid Clinic.
It was the passion and expertise of the two partners in all aspects of estate administration, trusts, powers of attorney, and related legal work that originally drew Jessie to Goddard Gamage. She values the dual sensitivity and pragmatism with which all the lawyers at the firm approach their client’s legal issues.
Jessie was called to the bar in 2016. Before joining Goddard Gamage, she worked at a prominent international full-service firm as a summer and articling student and a litigation associate, where she gained experience with dispute resolution in a broad range of civil litigation areas, including estates and trusts.
Outside of the office, Jessie has maintained strong ties to the community. She has volunteered as pro bono duty counsel at the Small Claims Court, helping unrepresented people navigate the court system and explaining legal concepts using accessible language. Jessie has sat on the Board of Directors of Young Women in Law, a not-for-profit organization for women lawyers in their early stages of practice, since 2016 and is currently the Vice President and Director of Membership. Jessie is a voracious reader and particularly delights in “cosies” – mysteries where everyone has a secret. She also loves to travel and where possible tries to combine these two interests, matching the location she is visiting to the setting of the books she reads while there.
Called to the Bar of Ontario 2016
- Queen’s Law Prize in Advanced Family Law, 2015
- Queen’s Law Prize in Wills & Estate Planning, 2014
- Dan Soberman Award (Excellence in Legal Aid), 2014
- Faculty of History, Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours)
- Authored “A Meeting of Egyptian Women: Secular Feminism versus Agency in Piety,” published in Pangaea, the Dalhousie History Journal, 2011
- King’s President’s List, 2011
- Pickett Trust Scholarship, 2011
Publications and Presentations
- “Drawing Back the Curtain: Challenging the Conduct of Estate Trustees, Attorneys, and Guardians,” coauthored paper with Nimali Gamage, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association 2018 Annual Fall Conference, October 19, 2018
- “Passing of Accounts Relating to Guardianships: A Day of Reckoning for Guardians of Property and Their Lawyers,” co-authored paper with Jan Goddard, Law Society of Ontario, Annual Estates and Trusts Summit 2018, October 10, 2018
- “Tarantino v Galvano: Case of the Month,” presentation, Canada Bar Association: Contested Passing of Accounts, February 27, 2018
- “Protectionism vs. Paternalism: Developments in Consent and Capacity Litigation,” co-authored paper with Nimali Gamage, Law Society of Ontario, Annual Estates and Trusts Summit 2017, October 16, 2017
- Canadian Bar Association September 2016 - Present
- Ontario Bar Association September 2016 - Present
- Toronto Lawyer’s Association September 2016 - Present
- Young Women in Law August 2015 - Present