A partner focusing on commercial litigation, Barbara represents individuals, owners of privately held businesses, employers, employees, land developers, insurance companies, condominium corporations, large financial institutions and others with respect to employment litigation, estates litigation, debtor-creditor matters, real property disputes and high-profile class action litigation cases.
Barbara was featured in a CBC's Go-Public story and was a guest on the CBC News Now hosted by Suhana Meharchand. Barbara has been a guest on CBC Radio's Province-Wide show Ontario Today hosted by Rita Celli and has also appeared in various media sources including Globalnews, Toronto Sun, The Larry Fedoruk Show on 610 CKTB and HR Canadian Reporter.
Barbara’s clients appreciate her ability to obtain excellent results in a cost-conscious manner. Outgoing and personable, she helps them feel comfortable by taking the time to explain the legal process and outline their options. Wherever possible, she encourages and facilitates early resolutions. Her extensive experience and keen interest in employment and estates litigation has made Barbara adept at understanding a case from both a legal and personal perspective. She never loses sight of the emotional component of a case.
Barbara's representation of employees and employers, as well as corporations and institutions, has allowed her to look at a situation from various perspectives and skillfully find practical resolutions, frequently through mediation and negotiation. Prior to joining Robins Appleby LLP, Barbara articled with a prestigious boutique litigation firm in downtown Toronto.
Barbara is a strong and natural communicator. She frequently publishes articles in legal journals, for legal conferences and for circulation to clients and has a regular column with Ontario Homebuilder Magazine where she writes on employment law matters.
Barbara has recurring speaking engagements on employment law issues at prestigious outplacement service agencies for human resource professionals. Further, in February, 2017, Barbara presented at the Greater Dufferin Homebuilders' Association. In March, 2016, Barbara spoke at Insight's "Workplace Rights & Accommodations Forum 2016". In the fall of 2015, Barbara provided an employment law seminar at the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's "Beyond the Blueprint" annual conference. Further, Barbara is a HAPPEN-approved personal service provider of legal services to HAPPEN's members. Barbara has also enjoyed providing seminars on Estates Litigation.
Furthermore, Barbara is a certified adult education instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, reading and running.