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Katie Black
CIVIL LITIGATION LAWYER | katie@edelsonlaw.ca

Katie Black has a wide-ranging, results-oriented practice with a focus on commercial disputes, professional negligence, defamation, public law, employment law and public relations.  She has developed an impeccable litigation track record, representing clients before commercial arbitrators, Ontario’s Superior Court, Divisional Court and Court Appeal, and various tribunals in the field of labour and mental health.

After practicing at a national and bilingual firm, Katie was honoured to join with her partners Michael Edelson and Solomon Friedman in founding the cross-disciplinary litigation boutique of Edelson Friedman Black LLP.

Katie's practical approach to law is informed by the unparalleled legal training she received from the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin. She learned that the “legal solution” may not always be the practical solution because litigation is but one tool available to assist clients in achieving their objectives. Katie’s strategic focus enables her clients to avoid litigation if possible and effectively advocate their position once triggered.

Clients also benefit from the public relations experience. From September 2016 to February 2018, Katie served as the Judicial Affairs Advisor for Minister of Justice of Canada. Katie assisted in the reformation of Canada’s judicial appointment process and appointment of over 130 judges in Canada, including three Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Active in the wider community, Katie co-founded the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (RSSP). With over 1000 lawyers across the country, the RSSP has given pro-bono legal services to the refugee sponsorship community resulting in over 4,000 refugees obtaining haven in Canada.

In recognition of her professional excellence and commitment to her community, Katie was awarded the Gordon F. Henderson Award in 2016 by the County of Carleton Law Association. In 2017, she received the Ontario Bar Association’s David Scott, Q.C. Award for Pro Bono Law. In 2018, Katie was inducted into the Common Law Honours Society of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law for her leadership, excellence and community work in law. Most recently in 2019, Katie was awarded the Top Forty Under 40 award by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

In 2019, Katie was elected as Trustee on the CCLA Board of Trustee. She also sits on the Board of Cornerstone Housing for Women, an organization which runs four women’s shelters and housing facilities in the Ottawa area.

Katie received her law degree, graduating magna cum laude, from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Katie publishes and lectures in the areas of constitutional, privacy and tort law.  In addition to her practice, Katie loved teaching first year contract law at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Common Law.  

Katie strives daily to do good by her clients, colleagues, family and community. Excellence is an iterative process and a team effort.

Edelson Friedman Black
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Litigation.

CALL TO THE BAR
Ontario (2010)

EDUCATION
LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude), University of Ottawa, 2009
B.Sc. Honours (with Distinction), University of Toronto, 2004

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2019 - Top Forty Under 40 award by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

2018 - University of Ottawa's Common Law Honour Society
Awarded for achieving great success in law

2017 – Ontario Bar Association David Scott, Q.C. Award for Pro Bono Law

2016 - County of Carleton Law Association, The Gordon F. Henderson Award recognizing a significant contribution to the welfare of the community

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
The Advocates’ Society
Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario

EDUCATION
LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude), University of Ottawa, 2009
B.Sc. Honours (with Distinction), University of Toronto, 2004

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2019 - Top Forty Under 40 award by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

2018 - University of Ottawa's Common Law Honour Society
Awarded for achieving great success in law

2017 – Ontario Bar Association David Scott, Q.C. Award for Pro Bono Law

2016 - County of Carleton Law Association, The Gordon F. Henderson Award recognizing a significant contribution to the welfare of the community

CALL TO THE BAR
Ontario (2010)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)

The Advocates’ Society

Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario