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
      York University, Certificate in Risk Management
  • 2008

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

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLB, cum laude


  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

Featured news

For more than a decade, Jahmiah has been interviewed on topics ranging from sports law to risk management. She has given presentations and workshops on everything from litigation principles to #metoo, and has written articles which have appeared in a variety of publications across Canada. A cross section of Jahmiah's resources can be found below:

Quoted, "Resilient, dynamic and relevant: ERM in a new risk environment," Financier Worldwide, Nov. 2020.

Quoted, "COVID-19 and risk management," Risk & Compliance, Oct.-Dec. 2020 Issue.

Quoted, "Liability in the age of COVID-19, Canada's leagues, clubs wrestle with risk," Times Colonist/Canadian Press, Sept. 24, 2020.

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 developing 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.