Jennifer Dolman - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Jennifer Dolman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Jennifer conducts a broad commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on assisting Canadian and international franchisors with their business critical disputes, including defending claims under Ontario’sArthur Wishart Act for rescission, breach of the duty of good faith, statutory misrepresentation, and interference with the right to associate, enforcing terminations, and defending franchise group and class actions. She also regularly represents manufacturers and suppliers in their disputes with agents and distributors, and in particular, termination issues. Jennifer handles intellectual property matters (including trade-mark and copyright infringement and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information), defamation (including statements made via the Internet), privacy, and employment. She has expertise in the area of injunctions and emergency applications, especially regarding the enforcement of restrictive covenants against franchisees, dealers, distributors, licensees or departing senior employees. Jennifer’s practice spans a broad range of industries, including quick service restaurants, retail, pharmacy, automotive, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing and technology. Jennifer has appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts. Prior to commencing her litigation practice at Osler, she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court (General Division) from 1991 to 1992.

Jennifer is very active on social media. You can connect with her and Jennifer also writes a regular online franchise column for the FP Entrepreneur.  Her posts are available at:

Additional Information

Notable Matters
  • Aaron Rents, Inc. in its defence of two separate actions by franchisees (one in Ontario/the other in B.C.) who abandoned their franchises.
  • Budget BlindsInc. in its successful defence of an application to expunge its trade-marks.
  • Culligan of Canada and Culligan International Company in the defence and settlement of an action by a bottled water distributor who claimed to be a franchisee and a beneficiary under a California settlement agreement.
  • General Motors of Canada Limited in the defence of various on-going proceedings, including a class and group action, relating to the reduction of its Canadian dealer network.
  • Imperial Oil Limited in the defence and settlement of an action commenced by Canadian Tire Corporation Limited over the application of a most favoured customer clause.
  • M & M Meat ShopsLtd. in its successful defence of an application by Mars Inc. regarding the alleged breach of an agreement dealing with the co-existence of the parties’ trade-marks.
  • Medeco Security Locks Canada in its successful enforcement of the termination of two distribution agreements.
  • Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. in its defence of an action commenced by its former Canadian distributor who claims it was a franchisee within the meaning of the Arthur Wishart Act.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. in its current defence of a prospective class action brought on behalf of its Associates.
University of TorontoBA McGill University
Ontario Bar AssociationLaw Society of Upper CanadaIntellectual Property Institute of CanadaCanadian Franchise AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationAdvocates’ SocietyHavergal College

Office Location

100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place
Suite 6200, P.O. Box 50
Toronto, ON M5X 1B8

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Franchise Law of the Toronto Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Franchise Law of the Toronto Metro Area
Jennifer Dolman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Jennifer Dolman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Franchise Law