Jennifer Bernardo is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. In her litigation practice, Jennifer has represented clients in labour, employment, and corporate/commercial law matters before a variety of administrative tribunals, labour arbitrators, and all levels of court in Ontario.
Before joining Baker McKenzie as a summer and articling student, Jennifer earned a combined Juris Doctor / Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto. During this time, Jennifer ranked second nationally at the 2013 Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy competition and represented clients of the student legal clinic before administrative tribunals and the Federal Court.
Jennifer is a frequent contributor to Baker McKenzie's Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog and co-chairs the Toronto office’s Pro Bono Committee.
Jennifer has a broad trial and appellate advocacy practice, with a focus on labour, employment, and administrative law. She has acted as lead counsel in grievance arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and trials, and has served as junior counsel on judicial reviews, corporate/commercial trials and appeals, class actions, and complex labour and employment hearings and appeals.
In addition to her litigation practice, Jennifer advises clients on contentious and non-contentious workplace issues, such as employment standards requirements, workplace accommodation, discrimination and harassment, collective bargaining and labour relations, and reductions in force, as well as issues relating to international labour and human rights standards, corporate compliance and risk management, and internal investigations.
Representative Legal Matters
Represented McMaster University in Bart v. McMaster University, one of the most significant judicial reviews involving internal university administrative tribunals.
Successfully defended against a cross-appeal for a USD 5 million payment in Couper v. Nu-Life Corp et al.
Lead counsel to major Ontario universities in a number of litigious matters before administrative tribunals and labour arbitrators.
As pro bono counsel, successfully resisted third-party records applications relating to survivors of human trafficking.
Advised a purchaser on potential litigation arising out of an unsuccessful procurement process.
Advised a global pharmaceutical company on an internal investigation and media crisis response strategy relating to alleged employee misconduct.
Conducted an investigation for a major financial technology company relating to alleged workplace sexual harassment.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of Ontario - Member
- Canadian Bar Association - Member
- Ontario Bar Association - Member
- The Advocates' Society - Member
- Ontario~Canada (2015)
- University of Toronto (Master Degree Global Affairs) (2014)
- University of Toronto (J.D.) (2014)
- University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Arts Political Science) (2010)