Cheryl M. Woodin  


Executive Summary

Cheryl Woodin is Regional Co-Leader of the Class Action Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. A civil litigator, Cheryl practises in the areas of class actions, municipal liability, products liability, police liability, professional negligence and personal injury. She has extensive experience litigating and resolving multi-party proceedings for large institutional clients. Cheryl's class actions practice includes defence of mass tort claims, products and consumer protection claims. Her municipal liability practice includes defence of personal injury claims, construction disputes, road and parks design, automobile claims, building inspections, and public health and nursing home claims. Her police liability practice includes defence of negligent investigation, false arrest, malicious prosecution, use of force, negligent training and supervision claims. Cheryl also provides insurance coverage advice in respect of liability policies.

Cheryl has appeared at all levels of court. She regularly speaks at legal education and professional development seminars in the areas of civil litigation, class actions, insurance and personal injury. Following law school, Cheryl clerked for Mr. Justice Allen Linden at the Federal Court of Appeal.

Representative Work

  • Acting for institutional clients in multiparty class proceedings arising from mass tort and allegations of product failure.
  • Acting for municipalities in a wide variety of circumstances, including police liability for negligent investigation, false arrest and malicious prosecution.
  • Acting for municipalities with respect to claims of negligent design, construction and maintenance of various municipal structures.
  • Acting for product manufacturers in defence of negligent design, manufacturer and consumer protection claims.
  • Defence of personal injury claims with a focus on catastrophic injury claims and multiparty liability disputes.
  • Providing coverage advice in relation to commercial general liability policies, homeowners' policies, directors' and officers' policies, and professional negligence policies.
  • Advising on issues relating to statutory and common law privileges relating to the protection of institutional records.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "The Consumer Protection Act Through the Lens of the Class Proceedings Act: What Happens When the TWO CPAs Meet?," Annual Review of Civil Litigations, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Appellate Developments," Northwind Class Actions Invitational Forum, Developing Issues in Class Actions Litigation, June 2015.
  • Speaker, "Practical Considerations for Conducting an Effective Cross-examination of Expert," The Advocates' Society - Examining & Cross Examining Experts, May 2015.
  • Speaker, "Taking it to Trial - Top Practical Advocacy Tips," The Advocates' Society - Class Action Advocacy, March 2015. 
  • Co-Author, "Securities Class Action Trilogy Heard by the Supreme Court," Class Actions Bulletin, February, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Leaning In: Taking Control of Your Career with Negotiation Tips and Tricks from the Experts," Young Women in Law Pane Event, January 2015.
  • Co-Author," Damages Awards under Section 24(1) of the Charter," the Advocates' Quarterly, Vol. 43, 2014.
  • Speaker, "National Products Liability Panel," Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Governments on the Hook," National Judicial Conference, 2014.
  • Speaker, "The Art of Negotiating," Leadership for Women Lawyers Conference, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Do Charter Cases Work as Class Actions," Osgoode Class Action Symposium, 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Supreme Court of Canada declines to hear an appeal from Ontario that limits claims against manufacturers", March 2014.
  • Speaker, "Examining and Cross-examining Experts: Winning Strategies, Trends and Solutions," Advocates Society, Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program, 2014.
  • Speaker,"Developing an Effective Relationship with Your Mentor or Sponsor," Justicia Symposium, LSUC, 2014.
  • Author, “Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation : Enforcing and Ecuadorian Judgment Against a U.S. Company in Ontario,” ABA Mass Torts Newsletter.
  • Speaker, "Mastering Written Advocacy in Mediations," Osgoode Short Course in Mediation Advocacy, December 10-11, 2013.
  • Speaker, "The Ins and Outs of Examination for Discovery: Are you Ready?" Society of Public Insurance Administrators of Ontario Conference, May, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "Defending Class Actions in Canada," The Litigation Report, Spring 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Recent decision underlines risk involved in communicating with class members during opt-out phase,” BLG’s Class Actions Bulletin, November 2012.
  • Co-Author, “California class action against Wal-Mart may have implications for Canadian businesses,” Lexology, October 2012.
  • Author, "The New Canada Consumer Product Safety Act: A Catalyst for Cross-Border Mass Tort Litigation?" American Bar Association, November 2011.
  • Co-Author, "Class actions in Canada are on the rise," Canadian Insurance Top Broker, May 2011.
  • Author, "Insurance Law Update – Tricks of the Trade 2011," The Advocates' Society, January 2011.
  • Author, "What Every Leasing Lawyer Should Know About the Occupiers' Liability Act," The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2011, Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Author, "Catastrophic Injury Claims – 2010 Report," Personal Injury Update, Osgoode Professional Development.
  • Author, "Catastrophic Injury Claims – 2009 Report," Personal Injury Update, Osgoode Professional Development.
  • Author, Chartered Insurance Professionals Society materials on Directors' and Officers' Liability and Insurance, 2008.
  • Author, Case comment "Manitoba Securities Commission v. Crocus Investment Fund," 2008.
  • Author, "Tripartite Insurance Relationship," Canadian Insurance Magazine, March 2005.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and "Litigation Star: Class Actions, Product Liability"..
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in 2016 edition (and since 2011) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Director and Officer Liability and Class Action Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2013 and 2012 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Personal Injury).
  • Recognized as one of Lexpert®'s Rising Stars Leading Lawyers Under 40 in 2009.
  • Selected BLG Mentor of the Year, 2008-09.