Cheryl M. Woodin  

Partner

Executive Summary

With an extensive background in tort liability, Cheryl Woodin is a highly experienced and skilled litigator who specializes in the defence of class actions and claims related to mass tort, negligence, contract, products, consumer protection and statutory liability. Her practice is focused on complex civil litigation, primarily dealing with multi-party proceedings for large institutional clients, across jurisdictions and industries. She has defended clients in class actions involving automotive parts, medical devices, environmental contamination, police and municipal liability, and personal injury claims.

Cheryl is the regional co-leader of BLG’s Class Actions Group, a member of the firm’s regional management committee and chair of the ABA’s Mass Tort Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee. A sought-after speaker, she regularly presents on civil litigation, trial practice and advocacy, class actions, and insurance and personal injury. She has authored numerous papers and articles on class actions, negligence and contract law and on the development of consumer protection legislation.

Cheryl is recognized and ranked by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canada® and Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms &Attorneys (local litigation star, Ontario, for both class actions and product liability).

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 and Speaker, "Current Construction Class Actions and American Trends Coming to a Courtroom Near You", Lexpert 4th Annual Canadian Construction Insurance, June 2016. 
  • Co-Author, "Jurisdictional “Whack-a-Mole”: Overlapping Class Actions and Abuse of Process," The Exchange: Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, May, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Winning Strategies, Trends and Solutions", Advocates Society - Examining and Cross-examining Experts, February 2016.
  • 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 Litigation, 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.