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.
- University of Toronto, J.D. 2012
- Queen's University, M.A., 2009
- University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Hons.), 2008
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
Denise successfully represented a complainant in a sexual assault claim with respect to a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The Health Professions Appeal Review Board concluded that the Committee’s decision was unreasonable. The Committee subsequently referred the allegations of the physician’s professional misconduct to the Discipline Committee of the College: L. F. v B. C. T., 2017 CanLII 62882 (ON HPARB) http://canlii.ca/t/h69xh
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). Mr. Moyse was wholly successful on appeal. The Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed the appeal from the trial judge, and the motion for the motion for leave to appeal the costs decision (The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v. Moyse, 2018 ONCA 283 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/hr4gx)
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