Juliet L. Knapton
Telephone: 613-683-2252

Juliet L. KnaptonJuliet was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005. She acts on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury matters and has a particular interest in equality, and human rights law.

She has acted for clients at the Divisional Court (on appeal), Superior Court and in front of several administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Municipal Board.

Juliet graduated from the University of Ottawa law school after completing her BA(H) at Queens University and spent several years working overseas in Colombia and Pakistan. She has chaired and been actively involved in a variety of community and advocacy groups (including LEAF, CLAIHR and Timeraiser) and is the Co-Chair of the Ontario Bar Associations’ Equality Committee. Juliet’s legal training has been complemented by a term at the Centre for National Security Studies in Washington, D.C., the legal clinic at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and a clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada.

She serves on the executive board of the Emily Murphy House in Ottawa and teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Ottawa. After many years of coaching the University of Ottawa Wilson Charter Equality Moot Team, Juliet now is a judge of the competition.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Disability Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
  • Equality and human rights law


  • 2005 Called to Bar of Ontario
  • 2004 L.L.B., University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 
  • 1998 Teaching Certification (High School), University of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan
  • 1995 B.A.H., (English Literature and International Politics) Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Bar Association, Chair of the Equality Committee and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Task Force
  • Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division East
  • Advocates Society
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Recipient of the "Forty Under 40 Award" 2011 from the Ottawa Business Journal.
    The award recognizes young leaders in the community who are committed to business achievement, professional expertise and community giving.

Papers, publications and presentations

  • Lecture: “Medical Malpractice: Emerging Trends in Litigation” University of Ottawa, October, 2012
  • Presentation: “Mentoring Mosaic: Piercing It All Together”, Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, University of Ottawa, ON- February, 2012
  • Publication: “The New Human Rights Landscape”, Ontario Bar Association, Briefly Speaking- August, 2011
  • Presentation Chair: “Human Rights – It’s Not Just About Big Firms: Legal Obligations Within Your
    Firm and to Clients”, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, ON – May 2011
  • Publication: “Social Host Liability: Five years after Childs or Should you only host BYOBs?”, Ontario Bar Association, Briefly Speaking – June 2011
  • Presentation: Chair, “Strategic Legal Writing: Preparing Persuasive Documents”, Ontario Bar Association, Ottawa, ON – October 2010
  • Presentation: "Duty to Defend", Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Annual Spring Conference, Toronto, Ont –
    May, 2010
  • Presentation: Chair “Effective Advocacy at Every Level: A Decision Makers' Panel”, Young Lawyers' Division (East), OBA – February, 2010
  • Presentation: "Feminism in the Daily Practice of Law", LEAF, University of Ottawa - November, 2009
  • “Damages for Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Good Faith”, Annual Civil Litigation Update, Montebello, QC – November, 2009
  • Presentation: “Life After Law School”, Ontario Bar Association, University of Ottawa – March 2009
  • Publication: “Young Professionals Volunteer to Make the World a Better Place”, OBA Briefly Speaking – December, 2008
  • Publication: “Timeraiser Coming to Ottawa: Young Professionals Volunteering to Make the World a Better Place”, Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division – July, 2008
  • Publication: “Turning a Blind Eye: Maternity, Paternity and Family Leave in the Practice of Litigation”,
    The Litigator – February, 2008
  • Presentation: Chair “Prove Your Theory in Cross-Examination”, Advocates' Society Courthouse Series – February, 2007
  • Presentation: “Interplay: Refugee and Extradition Law in a time of Terrorism”, University of Ottawa –November 7, 2006 and March 22, 2005
  • Publication: “Documentary Disclosure in the Electronic Age”, OBA, Young Lawyers Division, Vol. 14, No. 1 – October, 2006
  • Publication (co-author): “Social Host Liability – The Defence Perspective”, Ottawa Valley Adjusters
    Association – March, 2006

For further information regarding these publications and papers, please contact Juliet Knapton at

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