Jessie’s interest in helping people with the complicated legal problems that can arise at life’s most difficult times predates her legal career.
Jessie worked at a family and estate boutique prior to attending the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, and while at Queen’s, assisted a sole practitioner in the Kingston community with child protection and custody and access work. These experiences laid the foundation for Jessie’s sensitive, thoughtful, and practical approach to helping people resolve legal problems.
Jessie joined a prominent international full-service firm as a summer and articling student, returning as a litigation associate, where she gained experience with dispute resolution in a broad range of civil litigation areas, including estates and trusts, contractual and shareholder disputes, real estate, and personal injury.
Jessie has volunteered as pro bono duty counsel at the Small Claims Court, helping unrepresented people navigate the court system and explaining legal concepts using accessible language. At Queen’s, she was a caseworker for the Legal Aid Clinic, representing low-income community members before the Provincial Offences Court and Social Benefits Tribunal. Jessie received awards for the highest academic standing in the Wills & Estates and Advanced Family Law courses, as well as for excellence in the Legal Aid Clinic.
Jessie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Middle Eastern History and Gender Studies jointly from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. She currently sits on the Executive of the Board of Directors of Young Women in Law, a not-for-profit organization for women lawyers in their early stages of practice. When she is not at the office, Jessie is a baking enthusiast who loves to experiment with pies and cakes. She is an avid reader and traveller and frequently combines the two, reading books set in the countries and cities she is visiting.