Kate Genest has a broad civil litigation practice with experience serving diverse clients in multiple industries, including school boards, municipalities, regulatory bodies, insurers, private and public corporations, and individuals. Kate focuses on providing practical, business-oriented and cost-effective solutions to her clients through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Kate has extensive experience in Ontario’s small claims court and is developing a reputation as an excellent advocate in the Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court.
Kate was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014 after articling with Miller Thomson. She completed her law degree at the University of Toronto where she received the John Willis Award for Leadership and the Gina Caldarelli Memorial Prize for School Spirit.
Kate was an active member of her law school community. As the Co-Chair of Women & the Law, she helped organize events and initiatives to promote networking and mentorship, and to increase awareness of career opportunities and challenges for women in the legal profession. Kate was also a volunteer with the Pro Bono Students Canada Wills Project, where she drafted wills and powers of attorney for low-income clients affected by HIV/AIDS.
In 2011, Kate received a public interest fellowship to conduct policy research at the Pine River Institute, a residential treatment centre for youth struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. She also spent two summers as the Director of the Gatineau Fish and Game Club children’s day camp in Gracefield, Quebec.
Kate is fluent in French. She completed her undergraduate degree with French immersion distinction, and during law school she participated in an academic exchange to l’Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, France.
Professional achievements & leadership
- 2013 John Willis Award for Leadership, University of Toronto
- 2013 Gina Caldarelli Memorial Prize for School Spirit, University of Toronto
- Sutherland v. Messengers International, 2018 ONSC 2703
- De Matteis v. York Catholic District School Board, 2017 ONSC 4936
- York Condominium Corp No 163 v Robinson, 2017 ONSC 2419
- Hadani v Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2095, 2016 CanLII 51830
- 2122157 Ontario Inc. v. Tarion Warranty Corporation, 2016 ONSC 851
- Lambrou v. Voudouris et al., 2015 ONSC 998
- Sickinger v. Krek, 2015 ONSC 637
- “The Latest on Rule 49 Offers to Settle,” MT Litigation Blog, June 2015
- “Ontario Announces E-Filing for Small Claims Court,” MT Litigation Blog, April 2015
- “Expert Evidence and the Judge as Gatekeeper,” MT Litigation Blog, January 2015
- “Mediation and Justice: A Contemporary Approach to a Classic Conception,” Ontario Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution, March 2014
- “The Long-Term Risks of a Carelessly Prepared Tax Return: Krenbrink Estate v. The Queen,” Taxes and Wealth Management, Issue 7-1, February 2014
- Associate Co-Chair, United Way Campaign, Miller Thomson LLP (2014, 2015, 2016)
- Member, Women Gaining Ground, United Way (2016 – present)
- Mentor, Alumni-Student Mentorship Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2014 – present)
- Member, Organizing Committee, Miller Thomson “Proud to Celebrate Pride” (2016)
- Volunteer, Ryerson Pro Bono Clinic (2014 – present)
- Volunteer, Law Help Ontario Pro Bono Clinic & Small Claims Court Duty Counsel (2016 – present)
- Miller Thomson Team Captain, Dodging for Dollars Fundraiser for Sick Kids (2016)
- Miller Thomson Team Captain, Sporting Life 10k for Camp Ooch (2016)
- Volunteer, Federal Election Campaign, Toronto-Danforth Riding (2015)
- Volunteer, Girl Guides of Canada Camp, 198th Toronto Guide Unit (2016)
- Volunteer, Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (2016 – present)
- Law Society of Ontario
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 2014
- J.D., University of Toronto, 2013
- B.A. (philosophy, honours), University of Ottawa, 2010