Kate Genest

Partner | Toronto


Portrait of Kate Genest


Kate Genest is a commercial and civil litigator recognized by her clients for her sincere and empathetic advocacy and for her practical and cost-effective approach.

Kate maintains a broad practice, serving diverse clients in multiple industries, including school boards, municipalities, insurers, private and public corporations, and individuals. Kate’s areas of expertise include complex contractual disputes, debt recovery, professional liability, fraud, defamation, cybersecurity and privacy.

Professional achievements & leadership

  • 2013 John Willis Award for Leadership, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Gina Caldarelli Memorial Prize for School Spirit, University of Toronto

Notable matters

Thought leadership

Community involvement

  • Member, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Miller Thomson LLP (2021 - present)
  • Associate Co-Chair, United Way Campaign, Miller Thomson LLP (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Mentor, Alumni-Student Mentorship Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2014 – present)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Miller Thomson “Proud to Celebrate Pride” (2016 - present)
  • Volunteer, Ryerson Pro Bono Clinic (2014 – present)
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Ontario,  Legal Advice Hotline and 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 - 2018)
  • Volunteer, Federal Election Campaign, Toronto-Danforth Riding (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Bar admissions & education

  • Ontario, 2014
  • Osgoode Certificate in Privacy and Cybersecurity Law, 2022
  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2013
  • B.A. (philosophy, honours), University of Ottawa, 2010