Janet was born and raised predominantly in Winnipeg having spent four years of her childhood in Dauphin, Manitoba. She enrolled in the U of M Faculty of Law in 1982 after taking 2 years of an undergraduate program at that same university.
Janet maintains primarily a litigation practice which focuses on Civil Litigation (essentially all matters in the courts other than family and criminal matters, such as commercial disputes, breach of contract, personal injury), Labour and Employment ( Labour Board matters, Labour Arbitrations, wrongful dismissal suits, general employment advice, negotiating collective agreements), Administrative Law (commercial arbitrations, federal court matters, and other tribunals, including aboriginal rights tribunals) and Wills and Estates (including estate litigation).
While still in Law school, Janet co-authored a handbook for the Law Society of Manitoba entitled “Evidence in a Nutshell”.
Janet practiced law for a brief period of time in Vancouver, B.C. in 2002-2003 with a boutique insurance law firm, Stewart & Company.
Janet has appeared in all levels of Court in Manitoba (Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Court of Appeal), the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. She has also appeared in the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. In addition, she has appeared before various Boards, Tribunals and Arbitrators.
LL.B University of Manitoba 1985
Call to the Bar of Manitoba in 1986
Member of the Law Society of Manitoba
Life Council member of the Manitoba Bar Association (in recognition of election to 3 terms of office and service to the MBA)
Former Member of the Manitoba Bar Association Executive
Course instructor for the Articling Student program of the Law Society of Manitoba
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