Rebecca Bush

Partner

Toronto
RBush@blg.com
416.367.6162
Rebecca’s practice focuses on public authority litigation and complex tort litigation for large institutional clients. She has specialized expertise in crisis management and defending institutional sexual abuse and harassment claims. Rebecca has expertise defending claims seeking damages for psychological injury and mental distress in the employment, personal injury and human rights context. She advocates for her clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Human Rights Tribunal.
Rebecca frequently provides advice on sensitive matters which are the subject of public and media scrutiny. She defends the reputational interests of her clients in policy and precedent setting cases.

Experience

  • Crisis Management including:
    • Supporting organizations upon receiving reports of sexual assault or allegations of harassment
      in crisis containment and media response.
    • Advice to leadership and Board members regarding investigation, mandatory reporting, and
      working with the police in the context of allegations of sexual assault or harassment
  • Defending institutional sexual abuse and harassment claims including allegations of negligent
    supervision, breach of fiduciary duty and vicarious liability claims.
  • Defending claims seeking damages for psychological injury and mental distress in the employment,
    personal injury and human rights context.
  • Defends public institutions, including municipalities, in a broad range of tort claims including municipal
    infrastructure claims.
  • Defends municipal emergency services including actions against police for malicious prosecution,
    negligent investigation and breach of Charter rights.
  • Provides advice and opinions to large institutional clients on a variety of matters including statutory
    interpretation and risk management.
  • Acts as counsel on Coroner's Inquests.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair, Trial Techniques Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Diversity Chair, Business Litigation Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Women Trial Lawyers Task Force, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

  • Member, "Give A Day" Campaign Committee

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2002
  • Certificate in International Business Transactions and International Litigation, University of San Diego's Institute of International & Comparative Law , King's College London, 2003
  • LLB, University of Windsor, 2001
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1998