Jacqueline (Jay) Armstrong Gates is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region office and presently the firm’s national litigation lead – product liability. She has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on product liability, commercial and banking litigation, injunctions, shareholder and partnership disputes, negligence actions, construction liens, leasing disputes, title insurance, and the defence of general insurance matters, including personal injury, third-party property damage, wrap-up, and construction and transportation issues. She is known for her ability to focus on the underlying problems, articulate the issues, and craft appropriate solutions. She has argued cases in the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court and has represented parties at trials in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Jacqueline has been the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions including the 2019 Coulter A. Osborne Award, presented by the Waterloo Law Association; the 2017 University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts Alumni Achievement Award; a Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2010); and one of Waterloo Region Record’s Top 40 under 40 (2010). She has been recognized in both The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
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