Katherine (Kate) J. Menear

Partner

Toronto
KMenear@blg.com
416.367.6210

Kate is an experienced litigator with an extensive commercial litigation practice. She has expertise in the retail, technology, and telecommunications industries, as well as the emerging cannabis market. Kate regularly advises large Canadian corporations on a wide range of commercial disputes.

Kate has expertise in injunction proceedings and extraordinary remedies, including Anton Piller (civil search) and Mareva (asset freezing).

Kate has led motions, appeals, mediations and trials. She has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Divisional Court and Superior Court of Justice. 

Experience

  • Represented a large Canadian convenience store retailer with regulatory issues and commercial, employment, human rights, municipal, real estate, environmental and insurance disputes related to tobacco and gaming.
  • Represented a major Canadian grocery chain in defence of action by a supplier of jewelry products and by a liquor licensing board regarding lost profits during shut down of store location.
  • Represented a retail pharmacy in arbitrations to collect on outstanding monies owed and defended against claims of violation of the pharmacy legislation and regulations.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, BLG Innovation Committee

Community Involvement

  • Member, Governance Committee, Havergal Old Girls Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Cannabis Law)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2002
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2000
  • BA (Hons.), Dalhousie University, 1995