Ottawa lawyers Richard and Brenda are well-known for their meticulous preparation, fearsome cross-examinations and relentless legal research. The firm’s experience extends to criminal defense and business law in addition to its practice in personal injury and wrongful death. As a result, the firm has both in-depth criminal and civil court room experience. Ottawa injury lawyer Richard gained experience working in the well-known legal firms of McCarthy Tétrault; Greenspan White; and Edelson & Associates. The exposure and access to Canada’s leading criminal practitioners provided him with unparalleled at-trial training and experience. Ottawa lawyer Brenda practiced at Blake, Cassels & Graydon for many years, a well-regarded tier-one firm. After Blakes, Brenda practiced at a top Bay Street litigation boutique, Genest Murray. Genest Murray’s practice was almost exclusively personal injury, from both a plaintiff and defence perspective.
Name: Brenda Hollingsworth, Founding Partner
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1995
In 1991, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in English at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1992, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in English at the University of Ottawa
A personal injury lawyer based in Ottawa
Has aggressively represented clients who have suffered serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents (ranging from orthopedic to brain injuries), cycling accidents, boating accidents and sexual assaults
She is pleased to work with clients in the official language of their choice, French or English
The Women’s Business Network awarded her the Businesswoman of the Year – Professional, for 2009
Court Admissions and Memberships:
A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
She is admitted to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, all levels of Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, she is a member of The Advocates’ Society, The County of Carleton Lawyers Association, The Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, and The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Legal Training and Experience:
Gained experience as a lawyer by working in the top Bay Street law firm Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, in both its Toronto and Ottawa offices, where she worked alongside Canada’s elite litigation lawyers
She also worked at a leading personal injury boutique in Toronto, Genest Murray, where she practiced both plaintiff and defence-side personal injury and class action law
Ontario Civil Practice 2007-2011, Watson & McGowan; Associate Editor, Current
“Crash Course: A Savvy Woman’s Guide to Ontario Accident Claims”
“Injured Victims’ Guide to Fair Compensation”
“Threshold Update” Paper delivered at the Spring Conference of the Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association
“Of Flies and Forseeability: Damages for Nervous Shock”, Paper delivered at the Eastern Ontario Civil Litigation Conference, November 2007
Columnist, FoundLocally.com; Employment Law issues, current
“Actionable Assault, Bar Room Brawl and the Criminal Code”; The Litigator Magazine, November 2006 (co-authored with Richard Auger)
”Beyond the Fees and the Funding”; The Litigator Magazine, September 2005
”What is a Class Action Law Suit, Anyway?” Ottawa Business Journal, November 2004
”Supreme Court Increases Security for Landlords”; Ottawa Business Journal, December 2004
”Is Class Action Legislation Fulfilling its Promise?” Insurance Law, Federated Press, 2002
”Supreme Court Clarifies Duty to Defend”; Insurance Law, Federated Press, 2001
”Court of Appeal Defines when Tender Bid is Late”, Nuts & Bolts (CBA-O Construction Law Section Newsletter); May 1999
March 28, 2011 from motor vehicle accident clients, Marie and William M.:
We are thrilled with the results of your commitment, legal knowledge and expertise. You worked for us, giving us feedback and up-to-date information. You responded immediately, thoughtfully, and concisely to our questions. Finding the right legal counsel to deal with insurance companies was of the utmost importance to us. No doubts, you were just what we were looking for. Thank you.
December 10, 2010 from a motor vehicle accident client, “Lou”:
Brenda Hollingsworth is Competent, Compassionate, Knowledgeable and fully committed to supporting her clients through a Very Difficult and Painful Time, when Personally injured. Her Expertise in this field is Unsurpassed and having her on your side will result in Fair, Successful Representation in a Professional but Empathetic Manner. I so highly recommend Brenda.
November 2010 email from a happy Ottawa personal injury client:
[J]just want to thank you Brenda for all the things you have done for me and my family. I don’t know many lawyers but I feel you’re the best there is and I’m happy my family found you.