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Gillian B. Eckler


Gillian became a partner in 2008, and her practice focuses on insurance defence litigation with an emphasis on products liability, coverage issues, personal injury and general negligence. Gillian has attended trial both in the Federal Court of Canada and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has also appeared in various levels of Court including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Divisional Court.

In recent years, Gillian has participated in two lengthy inquests one of which examined the use of force exercised by private security guards during arrests. The jury's recommendation in the Patrick Shand Inquest ultimately led to the amendments to the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act which came into effect in August of 2007.


Gillian received her B.A.H. in History from Queen’s University where she appeared on the Dean’s List and graduated with First Class distinction.

Gillian obtained her LL.B from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.


While attending Queen’s University Gillian obtained several awards, including the Dean’s Special Award and the Ambassador of Switzerland Award. At the University of Toronto Law School, Gillian obtained several mooting awards.

Gillian is a frequent speaker at the Dutton Brock seminar and has presented road show seminars to institutional clients on issues such as litigation privilege.



Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Contributor –┬áLexis Nexis Canada, 2008

Professional Indemnity, Contributor – Butterworths – Barristers & Solicitors in Practice, 2003

The Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms That There Is No Higher Standard of Care for Grocery Stores – Pulse, 2007

Where Is The Threshold Now – Insight Seminar, Update 2006

What to Expect Under the New Costs Grid – Dutton Brock Seminar, 2003

Bad Faith in the Context of Disability Claims – Dutton Brock Seminar, 2001

Structured Settlements – When Will the Court Order a Gross Up? – Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Conference, 2000

Mild Closed Head Injuries and Psychological Disabilities: Important Considerations for Trial – The Defence Perspective – The Canadian Institute, 2000

Offers to Settle – Rule 49 and 57 of the Rules of Civil Procedure – The Canadian Bar Association, 2000

Defending a Child’s Claim – Dutton Brock Seminar, 2000

Gillian is a member of:

  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates Society
  • The Medico-Legal Society
  • The Canadian Defence Lawyers Association

Kerr v. Loblaws Inc. [2007] O.J. No. 1921 (Ont.C.A.)

Drady v. Canada (Minister of Health) [2007] O.J. No.2812 (Ont.Sup.Ct.) M.C. Cullity J.

Beynon v. Fotopoulos [2007] O.J. No.3277 (Ont.Sup.Ct.)

Meditrust Healthcare Inc. v. Shoppers Drug Mart [2004] O.J. No.3966 (Ont.Sup.Ct.) Molloy J.

Avis Rent A Car Systems, Inc. v. Certas Direct Insurance Co. 71 O.R. (3d) 313 (Ont.Sup.Ct.) affirmed Ont.C.A., application for leave to appeal to the SCC

Loblaws Supermarkets Ltd. v. Shand Inquest (Coroner of) [2004] O.J. No.619 (Ont.Sup.Ct.) Swinton J.

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto v. Shand Inquest (Coroner of) [2003] O.J. No.1117 (Ont.Div.Ct.)

Ontario (Attorney General) v. CH2M Gore & Storrie Ltd. [2002] O.J. No. 3611 (Ont.Sp.Ct.) Kruzick J.

Reid v. Dow Corning Corp. [2001] O.J. No.2365 (Ont.Sup.Ct.)

Reid v. Dow Corning Corp. [2001] O.J. No.2757 (Ont.Sup.Ct.)

Geiger v. 803577 Ontario Ltd. [2000] O.J. No.111 (Ont.Sup.Ct.) Rivard J.

Meditrust Healthcare Inc. v. Shoppers Drug Mart [2000] O.J. No.3762 (Ont.Sup.Ct.) Molloy J.

Gillian contributes to the legal community by contributing to various publications including Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Butterworths Barristers and Solicitors in Practice, WP and Pulse.