Kathryn Marshall’s practice is focused on employment law and civil litigation. She is a member of the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee, which is a government committee exploring the future of work in Ontario. She is a dedicated and compassionate lawyer with a passion for advocacy and justice. She handles all areas of employment law, from job offer reviews to litigation involving wrongful termination, constructive dismissal, discrimination, bad faith, harassment, bullying, disability, and all forms of deferred compensation. In addition, Kathryn has experience handling complex employment matters involving indigenous communities, government officials, political staff and unionized employees.
She is committed to resolution where possible and is also experienced in the courtroom. Kathryn has successfully represented clients at trials and is a fervent advocate in every stage of litigation. Kathryn regularly appears in the Ontario Superior Court and has advocated in the Federal Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Divisional Court. She also has experience representing clients before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and before various other tribunals.
Kathryn is an avid writer and writes a monthly column in the National Post. Her articles have been published by Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, Precedent Magazine, Reuters, Huffington Post and the Toronto Star. She has been quoted in national publications such as the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine and Chatelaine Magazine. She also appears regularly as a media commentator on various public affairs programs on CTV, CBC, Global and is a regular on Toronto NewsTalk 1010 and Global News Radio 640.
Kathryn’s passion for advocacy extends outside of the courtroom. She has worked to advance the rights of women and combat sexual harassment, domestic abuse and gender discrimination for over a decade. Kathryn has provided testimony on several occasions before a House of Commons Parliamentary Committee with respect to enhancing legislation that protects women and girls from exploitation and violence. Kathryn founded a national campaign that promoted the creation of sexual harassment and assault policies on university and college campuses across Canada.
Prior to joining Milburn & Associates, Kathryn worked as a lawyer with top-rated litigation firms in Toronto and Vancouver, where her practice was focused on commercial and employment litigation. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013 and was called to the Ontario bar in 2015.
Kathryn obtained an Honors B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a J.D. from the University of Calgary. Before commencing her legal career, Kathryn worked for a leading public policy think tank, worked for numerous federal cabinet ministers, and spearheaded a national NGO.
In 2012, Kathryn was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes contributions and achievements by Canadians to their communities.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family, writing, dabbling in politics and travelling.
“The Cancel Culture Mob Could Come Looking for You Too” – National Post column, January 2021
“CBC interview about COVID-19 vaccines and the workplace” – December 11, 2020
“Here’s what you need to know if you have been laid off” – Toronto Star interview, August 2020
“The Governor General should step down so the Queen doesn’t have to fire her” – National Post column, July, 2020
“New App Helps Keep Workplaces Safe” – CBC, May 2020
“Reform Maternity Leave to Meet the Needs of Modern Women“, May 2020 National Post
“Federal Government Help for Small Businesses Crippled by COVID-19 May be Too Little Too Late“, April 2020 National Post
“Maybe COVID-19 is What It Will Take to Modernize Canada’s Antiquated Courts“, April, 2020 National Post
“Canada’s Tribunals Wield Immense Power. Not Always For the Good“, February, 2020, National Post
“Equal Pay Day: Not Making as Much as Your Male Co-Worker? Here is What You Can Do“, Global News, April 9, 2019