From 2007 to 2017, I was legal counsel to the justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. I have read thousands of factums, written hundreds of research memos, edited dozens of judicial decisions, and watched countless hours of oral argument. I have worked with some of Canada’s leading judges on decisions in every area of law. I know what persuades — and what doesn’t. Now I help lawyers, adjudicators, and judges at all stages of their careers become more effective communicators.
I am also a member of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Ontario Health Services Appeal and Review Board and have been an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School.
I am regularly invited to speak to bench and bar groups, including: the Ontario Superior Court, the Tax Court of Canada, the Courts of Prince Edward Island, the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers’ Association, and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
I have a JD and an MA from the University of Toronto and was called to the bar in 2005.
one-on-one legal writing coaching
Lawyers are professional writers, and professional writers know there’s always more to learn. Like a coach working with an elite athlete, I help fine-tune each writer’s technique and improve their overall performance. I look at the substance, structure and style of my clients’ legal writing and offer practical suggestions on how to get even better.
appellate advocacy CONSULTing
I give expert advice on how to craft a winning argument and — the trickiest part — how to communicate it to the court. I also act as a moot court judge so litigators can make the most of their prep time by practicing live on their feet.
legal writing workshops
I design and lead workshops for lawyers, adjudicators, and judges. Popular topics include:
Ten habits to make you a better writer (all audiences)
The secret to good legal writing (all audiences)
What judges really want: Tips from behind the scenes at the Court of Appeal for Ontario (litigators)
A step-by-step plan for writing great factums (litigators)
Six steps to becoming your own best editor (adjudicators and judges)
CLIENTS & TESTIMONIALS
I work with lawyers from firms across Canada, including: Blake, Cassels & Graydon; Bennett Jones; Chitiz Pathak; Epstein Cole; Fasken; Grant Crawford Watson; Koskie Minsky; Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb; Norton Rose Fulbright; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt; Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein; Stikeman Elliott; and Torys.
Here's what they say:
"I found Caroline's feedback on my written work to be especially valuable and it is no exaggeration to say that I use her tips every day in my work."
"[This] was the most helpful writing workshop I have ever attended."
"I highly recommend Caroline's services. Her insight and practical writing tips are useful for both new and experienced lawyers."
"[The workshop] was excellent and some of the most tangibly productive use of CPD-type hours I’ve spent."
"I could come to this [workshop] once a month and continually learn something new to improve my writing."
"[T]he workshop was fantastic! It was clear, engaging, and full of helpful tips that I plan to put into action."
“Caroline is among the most effective educators I have had the pleasure of learning from."
"Caroline is the best. I didn't think anyone could make writing engaging. I was wrong."
It takes tremendous effort to make writing look effortless. I help make the most of that effort.