Jahmiah Ferdinand-Hodkin Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2008 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0275

Fax: +1 613-788-4485

Email: jahmiah.ferdinandhodkin@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa

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 and offers strategic pre-litigation advice to her clients. 

Jahmiah has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including 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 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

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  • 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
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada

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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