Jennifer Gravel Vanasse received the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award at the 2019 Law Society Awards.
Since 1990, Jennifer Gravel Vanasse has worked as a litigation law clerk with Vice & Hunter LLP. As a law clerk, she has assisted with various types of litigation files including personal injury, motor vehicle accident, wrongful dismissal, real property and family law disputes. Jennifer has assisted the Litigation Team in all steps of a proceeding, including preparing for trial and assisting in court, whether in the Superior Court of Justice or the Divisional Court.
In 2008, the Ontario government passed a law requiring persons who provide legal services, but who are not lawyers, to be licensed by the Law Society of Ontario as paralegals. A paralegal’s scope of practice is limited to federal and provincial tribunals and administrative boards, Small Claims Court, and certain Provincial Court matters.
Jennifer obtained her paralegal license on March 31, 2008 and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She was among the first group of paralegals to be licensed in Ontario. Jennifer brings her many years of experience in litigation to her paralegal practice, which is focused mainly on the Small Claims Court and Statutory Accident Benefits. She has also represented clients with respect to matters in Provincial Offences Court and before various tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal and the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Currently, Jennifer divides her time between assisting the litigation lawyers of the firm in her capacity as a law clerk and representing her own clients as a paralegal.