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Denise Cooney

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Denise Cooney is a talented and resourceful lawyer who works with her clients to develop practical solutions to their legal problems. Denise has particular skills in identifying and resolving complex legal issues.

Denise routinely represents and advises clients in all areas of corporate, commercial, municipal, employment, civil and administrative litigation. Denise is an accomplished advocate, who practices before administrative tribunals, and all levels of court, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Toronto Commercial and Estates Lists, the Divisional Court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Denise joined Paliare Roland as an associate in 2014.  Prior to that, Denise clerked for the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. There, she assisted on leading cases across a broad spectrum, including administrative, civil, family and criminal law. Denise began her career at Paliare Roland as a summer student, and then as an articling student. Denise graduated with honours from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She received several academic prizes and was a member of the winning Wilson moot team.



Education

  • University of Toronto, J.D. 2012
  • Queen's University, M.A., 2009
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Hons.), 2008

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

Representative Work

Rob Centa, Kris Borg-Olivier and Denise Cooney successfully represented Brandon Moyse in proceedings brought by Mr. Moyse’s former employer in The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v Moyse.

They successfully defended the employee in contempt proceedings in which Mr. Moyse’s former employer sought to have him sent to prison for breach of a court order (2015 ONSC 4388 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/gm3x1). Subsequently, they successfully moved to have the employer’s appeal to the Court of Appeal from that decision quashed (2015 ONCA 784 http://canlii.ca/t/gm3x1), and to the Divisional Court dismissed for delay (2016 ONSC 554 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/gn1mk)

At the trial of the action, the plaintiff advanced the tort of spoliation against Mr. Moyse, the first time such a claim had been advanced to trial in Ontario. The court dismissed the action against Mr. Moyse was dismissed in its entirety (2016 ONSC 5271 (CanLII),http://canlii.ca/t/gt24t)

 

Awards and Honours

Community Involvement

In addition to her busy practice, Denise actively volunteers her time and legal skills in the community. Through Pro Bono Ontario, Denise represents Registered Early Childhood Educators in professional discipline proceedings on a pro bono basis. She also acts as duty counsel to self-represented litigants appearing before the Superior Court of Justice Civil Practice Court, and at Law Help Ontario, providing legal assistance to low-income self-represented litigants.

Denise also volunteers at the Fred Victor’s Women’s 24/7 Drop-in Program, a social service charitable organization, where she provides legal information and support to the Program’s members.

Denise also regularly volunteers with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, providing coaching and guidance to students participating in the school’s moot programs, mentoring law students through its alumni mentorship program, and speaking to high school students as part of its programs for youth.

 

Publications and Presentations

Exceptional Advocates.

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