August 4, 2020

(August 4, 2020) - Three partners have been named to Benchmark Litigation's Top 40 & Under Hot List.

Three partners have been named to Benchmark Litigation's Top 40 & Under Hot List.

Kajal Ervin is co-chair of the firm’s class actions group. Her extensive class action (plaintiff) experience is spread across multiple industries, including product liability, personal injury, privacy breaches and oil & gas. She is co-counsel on a national class action lawsuit against Uber in relation to its 2016 data breach that affected over 57 million Uber customers and drivers. Kajal’s practice also includes construction litigation, highlighted in her representation of Worley from a C$25-million claim alleging breaches of contract and negligence arising from cost estimating and engineering work for a uranium mine expansion project in northern Saskatchewan.

Erin J. Baker is particularly adept at managing large-scale litigation and arbitration matters involving multiple parties. As co-counsel to MasTec Inc., an American multinational infrastructure engineering and construction company, Erin was instrumental in successfully obtaining an C$80-million award through arbitration. In her power and regulatory practice, Erin has represented the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta on various matters, including, most recently, in relation to an application before the Alberta Utilities Commission. Erin also has an extensive record successfully defending her employer clients on human rights and wrongful dismissal claims.

Ryan Phillips is the newest partner at JSS Barristers. He is currently a part of the litigation team in one of Canada’s most high-profile public law and constitutional challenges as counsel to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights as they contest the Federal Government’s recent firearms ban in Federal Court. Ryan is also co-counsel for Her Majesty the Queen in Right of British Columbia in defence of a constitutional challenge to provisions of its Provincial Sales Tax Act in Fitter International Inc. v British Columbia. Another large part of Ryan’s practice is commercial litigation and arbitration, which usually involve issues of contractual interpretation.