Sheila has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Comm ’95), and a Bachelor of Laws (Law ’99) from Queen’s University. At law school she won the Tax and ADR prizes. Through the Queen’s Law Students’ Legal Aid Society, she tried a criminal assault case while in law school. She was called to the bar in 2001. Upon her call to the bar, she won the E.J. McGrath Prize for the student in London who most clearly demonstrated excellence in the skills required in Criminal Practice.
Sheila focuses on the defence of claims against municipalities, and other public authorities (police, fire, paramedics), professional liability and complicated property claims and economic loss claims. Although the vast majority of her cases have resulted in settlements, Sheila enjoys the focused excitement of trial. She has tried numerous cases, argued several appeals, participated in coroners’ inquests and appeared before other tribunals in Ontario.