As a litigation lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office, Allyson has conducted numerous trials, commercial arbitrations and hearings before various administrative tribunals. She has argued at all levels of Ontario courts including the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. As well, she has litigated cases in Alberta and Nova Scotia.
Allyson is Chair of the firm’s Litigation group.
Allyson routinely represents clients in:
- complex wrongful dismissal claims involving executive-level employees, detailed commission, compensation and stock option plans, shareholder agreements and breaches by presidents and CEOs of their statutory duties
- commercial disputes including partnership agreements and contracts relating to ownership of books of business
- labour disputes, seeking injunctive relief for picketing when appropriate
- wrongful competition matters, ranging from restrictive covenants, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of good faith
Allyson recognizes an immediate and strategic response is often imperative in her area of practice. She also understands the importance of electronic evidence and works closely with a team of technology experts to put clients in the best position to successfully litigate these cases. Allyson has negotiated numerous protocols to ensure departed employees comply with their obligations, including protocols for the return and deletion of confidential documents and information.
Arts & Sports Colleges Education Financial Services Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Manufacturing Media & Communications Mining & Natural Resources Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade Transportation & Warehousing Universities
Awards & Recognition
Best Lawyers in Canada 2020
Labour and Employment Law
Lexpert Rising Stars (2015)
Leading Lawyers under 40
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018-2019)
Memberships & Affiliations
(2016-2017) Corporate State Summit Conference on Women in Business (Toronto) – Co-Chair
The Advocates’ Society
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Civil Litigation and Labour & Employment Law Sections)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Stealing Confidential Information and Clients – How to Deal with Departing Employee Misconduct” 2017 HRPA HR Law Conference (October 19, 2017)
“Corporate Non-Solicitation Clauses in the Age of Social Media” Osgoode Professional Development Conference (April 20, 2015)
University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
McMaster University, B.A.