About Cherolyn R. Knapp
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Cherolyn Knapp offers legal advice and representation for a wide range of civil disputes at Nelson, Watson LLP in Guelph, Ontario. Nelson, Watson LLP works in association with Wolfe, Smith & Forster in Fergus. Cherolyn is a committed advocate whether she is negotiating settlements or preparing a litigation strategy. Her litigation team includes associate lawyers and law clerks. Together, they work hard on behalf of individual and business clients to achieve practical solutions tailored to suit each client's particular circumstances.
As a litigator, Cherolyn has been involved in lawsuits of all sizes and complexity. She has represented clients before several levels of Court in Ontario (Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal) and at a number of administrative tribunals. Cherolyn has extensive experience advising and representing employee and employer clients on numerous employment law and human rights issues. Her general litigation practice also covers a variety of areas including commercial, estates, breach of contract, construction and family disputes.
Cherolyn was born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario and is pleased to have returned to southwestern Ontario. She graduated from Ryerson University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources). She then spent several years working in human resources, non-profit and business management roles after which she entered law school at the University of Ottawa. She graduated cum laude, earning her LL.B. in 2003. After articling for a large Ottawa law firm, Cherolyn was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004 and practiced law in Ottawa for five years with a ten-lawyer multi-service law firm.
Cherolyn has taken a leadership role within the community of lawyers, including representing the Central-West region on Ontario Bar Association Council and volunteering on OBA committees including Membership, Strategic Planning and more. She also volunteers as a Wellington Law Association board of trustees. During her time in Ottawa, she chaired the Young Lawyers Division-East, a very active Section of the OBA. Cherolyn played an important role in that Section's accomplishments which include initiating a Mentorship Program within the OBA and promoting the Timeraiser program to foster volunteerism and civic engagement among young lawyers. Cherolyn has also chaired and presented at a number of Continuing Legal Education programs for lawyers.
Cherolyn has valuable work experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, as well as significant volunteer experience with non-profit boards of directors and community groups. Cherolyn is also an accomplished trainer and educator on issues of human rights, diversity and duty to accommodate.
Outside of work, Cherolyn is a proud resident of Guelph. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, gourmet cooking and Canadian literature, as well as the company of her husband and their pets.
- Guelph Chamber of Commerce
- Guelph Mercury's 40 Under 40 - 2010
- Wellington County Law Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Strategic Planning Committee
- Young Lawyers Division-East: Past Chair
- OBA Council 2008-09; 2010-present
- Carleton County Law Association (past member)
- Westboro Community Association (past member; vice-Chair 2007-08)
Legal and Other Presentations
"Employment Law 101 - What Employers Need to Know", Guelph Chamber of Commerce, 2014
"Advancing and responding to legal proceedings under the Human Rights Code", University of Guelph Accessibility Conference, 2014
"Not the Common Law: Establishing Claims for Damages under the Human Rights Code", OBA Annual Update on Human Rights, 2014
"Articling and Beyond - Living and Practicing in a Smaller Community" chair of panel, LSUC, OBA, CDLPA joint program, 2013
"I Hear You Knocking But You Can't Come In: Accommodating People with Disabilities in Services", OBA Annual Update on Human Rights, 2013
"Life After Law School" OBA program, Western Law, 2013
"Update On Human Rights Tribunal Remedies and Human Rights Activity in Ontario's Civil Courts 2011-12", OBA Annual Update on Human Rights, 2012
"Update On Human Rights Remedies 2010-11", OBA Annual Update on Human Rights, 2011
"Ontario's New Human Rights Regime: From Logjam to Floodgates?" 14th East Region Solicitors' Conference 2008 (Carleton County Law Association, May 2008)
"Excelling at Articles" OBA Joint CLE, Ottawa 2006, 2007, 2008 (co-chair)
"Workplace Bullying" (orig. article by N. Grosman, suppl. article by C. Knapp), 11th Annual Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2008 (LSUC Joint CLE, Ottawa, 10 Dec 2008).
"Revisiting Reasonable Notice Periods in Wrongful Dismissal Cases 2006 Edition" (article by B. Fisher), 9th Annual Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2006 (LSUC Joint CLE, Ottawa, 14 Dec 2006).
Reception with Madame Justice Marie Deschamps, OBA Young Lawyers Division-East, Rideau Club, Ottawa, 16 Sep 2009 (chair).
"Howdy Pardner! Considerations for Lawyers Entering Law Firm Partnerships" OBA Young Lawyers Division-East, Ottawa, October 2008 (co-chair).
"Career planning for "young" lawyers and "less-young" lawyers" OBA Young Lawyers Division-East, Ottawa, February 2008 (co-chair).
"It looks like wrongful dismissal, now what?" OBA Young Lawyers Division-East, Ottawa, May 2007 (co-chair).
"Preparing for discoveries" OBA Young Lawyers Division-East, Ottawa, April 2007 (co-chair).
"Practice Realities: Time management and things they never told you about in law school" OBA Young Lawyers Division-East, Ottawa, October 2006 (co-chair).
Articles and Publications
C. Knapp, "Ontario introduces new rights for temporary workers" The Lawyers Weekly (10 Jul 2009).
C. Knapp and A. Lister, "Amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000: The Ministry Strikes Back!" (12th East Region Solicitors' Conference 2006, Carleton County Law Association, May 2006).
C. Knapp, "Examine Facts Thoroughly before Advising on Termination of Employment Packages" Young Lawyers Division Newsletter: Novus Telum (Vol. 13, No. 4 April 2006)
C. Knapp, "How temporary and contractual workers are changing the legal landscape" The Lawyers Weekly (4 Nov 2005).
C. Knapp and A. Lister, "Independent Contractors: Who is the Employer?" (25th East Region Civil Litigation Updated Conference 2005, Carleton County Law Association, Nov 2005).
P. MacEachern and C. Knapp, "Same Sex Marriage Practice Issues for Lawyers" (10th East Region Solicitors' Conference 2004, Carleton County Law Association, May 2004).
J. Payne and C. Knapp, "Discrimination - Does Parry Sound Mean Increased Access to Courts for Employees Alleging Discrimination?" Executive Employment Newsletter (Volume X, No. 2, 2003).
Normal Geographical Limits to Practice
Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Wellington, Waterloo, Grey, Dufferin and Perth counties.
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