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ERIN H. DURANT

Erin (she/her) founded Durant Barristers after practicing law as a partner at one of the largest law firms in Canada and at a litigation focused boutique. Erin's dispute resolution experience includes a wide variety of personal injury/insurance matters, defending professionals in negligence claims and disciplinary complaints, real estate disputes, commercial litigation and investigations/reviews of all sorts. She regularly conducts independent investigations and reviews in times of crisis for various organizations. 

Erin is currently engaged on a number of large mandates and is busy servicing existing clients. She is not accepting new individual clients at this time. She remains available to provide oversight and guideance to her associates and we recommend that you reach out directly to one of them if you wish to hire the firm to represent you. 

Erin has experience conducting trials, particularly jury trials, and appeals. She has represented clients in court and before tribunals including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Sport Dispute Resolution Tribunal of Canada, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Erin regularly conducts confidential, high-profile investigations and reviews of all sorts. Erin also has mediation and arbitration experience both as counsel and as a neutral assisting parties in resolving their disputes. 

Erin is a very frequent speaker at legal conferences and educational seminars on issues related to trial advocacy, evidence, personal injury and insurance law, professionalism and mental health and wellness. She has spoken at events organized by the Advocates' Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Thunder Bay Law Association and to various community groups and organizations. 

A former competitive athlete and NCCP certified coach, Erin has a particular interest in sports disputes and administration. In this capacity, she frequently assists national and provincial sports organizations, athletes and coaches with discipline complaints, Return to Sport issues, doping matters, team selection issues, Safe Sport investigations and policy reviews. Erin also lead's our firm's efforts in culture, high performance and governance reviews for national and provincial sports associations. 

Erin offers barrister services to other lawyers to assist with trials, appeals and other complex situations.

 

Erin provides pro bono representation to deserving individuals as time permits and is listed on the SDRCC pro bono roster. 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Recipient of the County of Carleton Law Association's Regional Senior Justice Award in 2022 for a "lawyer in practice ten years or less who has made an outstanding contribution as a litigator or as a solicitor within the profession through their excellence as a professional, as well as outside the profession by making an outstanding contribution to the community."

  • Recognized in Lexpert's 2021 Directory as "repeatedly recommended" in the area of personal injury litigation. 

  • Recognized in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of insurance law, corporate and commercial litigation and professional malpractice law. 

  • Recipient of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Richard B. Lindsay QC Exceptional Young Litigator Award. 

  • Recipient of the Advocates' Society's 2020 Writer's Award. 

  • Recognized as having one of the best legal twitter accounts by the Clawbies in 2019 and best multi-platform social media presence in 2021. 

  • Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's David W. Scott Award for Pro Bono legal services in 2019. 

  • Recipient of Lexpert's Zenith Award as a Change Agent in law in 2019.