Cherolyn Knapp, partner

Photo of CherolynI was born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario and am very pleased to have returned “home” to southwestern Ontario. I graduated from Ryerson University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources). I spent several years working in human resources, non-profit and business management roles based in Guelph, after which I entered law school at the University of Ottawa. I graduated cum laude, earning my LL.B. in 2003. After articling for a large Ottawa law firm, I was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004 and practiced in Ottawa for five years with a ten-lawyer multi-service law firm. I joined Nelson, Watson LLP in 2009 and greatly enjoy the private practice of law in a small firm setting.

I offer legal advice and representation for a wide range of civil disputes. I am a committed advocate whether I am negotiating settlements or preparing litigation strategy. My general litigation practice covers a variety of areas including commercial, estates, contract, construction and family disputes. I also have extensive experience advising and representing employee and employer clients on numerous employment law and human rights issues. As a litigator, I have been involved in lawsuits of all sizes, including complex multi-partied litigation. I have represented clients before all levels of Court in Ontario (Small Claims Court, Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal) and at a number of administrative tribunals. I work hard with my individual and business clients to achieve practical solutions tailored to suit each client’s particular circumstances.

I have taken a leadership role within the community. I am a past-chair of Young Lawyers Division-East, a very active Section of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). I 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. I have also chaired a number of Continuing Legal Education programs for lawyers. More recently, I continue my OBA involvement as a representative of the Central-West region on the OBA Council, and on OBA Committees. I am a past trustee of the Wellington Law Association, chair of the Wellington County Civil Bench and Bar Committee, and past Director of the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

I have 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. I am also an accomplished trainer and educator on issues of human rights, diversity and duty to accommodate.

Outside of work, I am a proud resident of Guelph. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, gourmet cooking and Canadian literature, as well as the company of my husband and our pets.

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Practice Areas

  • Wellington County Law Association
  • Guelph Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
    • Strategic Planning Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Young Lawyers Division-East (Chair 2008-2009)
    • OBA Council 2008- Present
  • Carleton County Law Association (past member)

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“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).

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).