Jahmiah Ferdinand-Hodkin

Jahmiah Ferdinand-Hodkin is a litigation partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising civil litigation with a focus on commercial litigation, professional liability, entertainment and sports litigation and insurance defence.

In addition to her litigation practice, Jahmiah is certified in risk management.  She provides consulting services to clients looking to identify, mitigate and respond to risks.  She has worked with organizations both who have their own internal risk & incident managers and those who do not have a risk management team.  She develops business continuity, incident management, crisis management and risk management plans as well as provides workshops and seminars geared towards empowering Boards and management with the appropriate tools and knowledge to confidently move forward with their plans.   

In her litigation practice, Jahmiah has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including oppression, environmental contamination and remediation, cross-border disputes, banking and financing matters, construction litigation and liens, contract disputes, and bankruptcy and insolvency litigation. She is experienced in managing complex, multi-party litigation matters.

In the professional liability area, Jahmiah represents health professionals (including psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, pharmacists, dental hygienists and veterinarians) in responding to College complaints, investigations and appeals, as well as in civil, privacy and human rights claims. She has also represented engineers and financial advisors. 

Jahmiah works closely with all of her clients to provide pre-litigation and early litigation advice to assist them in assessing and evaluating their claims, risks and strategies. She promotes frequent communication, early case assessment, risk assessment, project management and effective budgeting.

Jahmiah has successfully represented clients across Ontario in litigation and arbitration proceedings.  She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as before Colleges, Tribunals and Boards. 

Jahmiah practises law in both English and French.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Education
       2018
      York University, Certificate in Risk Management
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2008
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2007

    • Education
       2007
      University of Ottawa, LLB, cum laude

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada

Presenter, Ottawa Association of Law Clerks (OALC): Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Nov. 27, 2019.

Author, "Cover your bases: Five mistakes to avoid when devleoping your risk management strategy," Canadian Lawyer InHouse, Nov./Dec. 2019.

Co-Presenter, #MeToo in the Live Music Industry: Address the Risk – Before, During and After, Canadian Live Music Association, Feb. 21, 2019.

Co-Presenter, Practice Guidelines & Your Protection: Understanding Professional Liability Insurance, Sonography Canada, Feb. 20, 2019.

Co-Presenter, Crisis Management: Before, During and After a Crisis Strikes, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society) Canada Conference, St. John's, NF, September 2018.

Co-Author, "Interim Relief in Complex Litigation", presentation for the Complex, Mega and Advanced Litigation conference, (Toronto),  Feb. 28, 2011.

Co-Author, "Gone Fishing: Letter Rogatory Applications will not be Rubber-Stamped", CBA Newsletter, February 2011.

Obtaining Evidence From Non-Parties, June 2010.

New Drilling Techniques Unlock 35 % more Natural Gas in the United States: Mackenzie Gas Project in More Trouble?, July 15, 2009.

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