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Katelyn Ellins


Katelyn Ellins maintains a general civil litigation practice with a focus on complex commercial and ‎securities litigation. ‎

Katelyn represents both corporate and individual clients on a wide range of commercial law matters. Her ‎clients have included corporate directors, large financial institutions, technology companies, real estate ‎developers and insurance brokers. ‎

Katelyn has extensive experience representing clients in shareholder disputes and complex transactional ‎disputes. Katelyn regularly advocates for clients in relation to claims of oppression, breach of fiduciary ‎duties, fraud, misrepresentation and the duties of good faith and honest contractual performance. Katelyn ‎also provides strategic advice to public and private clients on a variety of corporate governance matters. ‎Katelyn has acted for clients at all levels of Court in Ontario, including the Commercial List and the Court ‎of Appeal of Ontario.‎

Prior to joining the firm, Katelyn worked at a boutique corporate and securities law firm that specializes in ‎providing legal and strategic advice to undervalued and underperforming Canadian public and private ‎companies.‎

During law school, Katelyn was the Internal Director of Dalhousie’s Student Advocacy Service and won ‎several awards, including the Robert E. Bamford Memorial Prize awarded to the graduating student who ‎best combines academic excellence with a commitment to the law school community and the Alistair ‎Fraser Award in Commercial Law. ‎

Bar admissionsOntario, 2016


  • Acted for a creditor of a foreign state opposing a plan of arrangement under section 192 of the CBCA ‎relating to the disposition of a gold mine from a public Canadian mining company to a company ‎controlled by the state.‎
  • Acted for an insurance broker in a trial concerning the breach of a restrictive covenant, spoliation, ‎oppression, breach of fiduciary duties and the duty of good faith and wrongful solicitation.  ‎
  • Acts for a large Canadian bank in litigation commenced by the bank against debtors for fraud and ‎misrepresentation and against the debtor’s auditor for negligence.‎
  • Acted for interveners in relation to ‎a challenge to alleged discriminatory practices by airlines‎ before the ‎Supreme Court of Canada.‎
  • Acted for a Canadian company in a Canadian-based manufacturing joint venture in a mediation/ ‎arbitration ‎dispute with its Chinese state-owned company joint venture partner.‎
  • Acted for a private software-as-a-service company providing customer communications management ‎products and services in a commercial arbitration relating to the interpretation of software license ‎agreement.‎
  • Acted for the dissent shareholder in a proxy contest involving a Canadian mineral exploration and ‎development company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange.‎
  • Acted for a TSX Venture Exchange and Nasdaq listed issuer in relation to litigation commenced by a ‎private equity fund relating to an alleged ‎‎entitlement to warrants under a private placement‎.‎
  • Acted for shareholders of numerous private companies in oppression, breach of fiduciary duties, wind-‎up and related proceedings where the ‎parties did not have liquidity exit provisions.‎
  • Various work relating to OBCA and CBCA plans of arrangement.‎
  • Various work involving the provision of corporate governance advice to officers, directors and special ‎committees in relation to alleged related party transactions and other alleged misconduct.‎
  • Advised an insurance company with respect to the validity of claims made under a representation and ‎warranty insurance policy granted in connection with a share purchase transaction in which the insured ‎claimed that the financial information provided by the vendor contained misrepresentations.‎
  • Acted for a real estate development company in a dispute between the shareholders of the general ‎partner of a limited partnership relating to the acquisition of commercial properties involving claims of ‎oppression and breach of fiduciary duties. ‎
  • Acts for an indenture trustee of bonds issued in connection with a failed real estate development and ‎‎successfully resisted injunctive relief sought by the developer.‎
  • Acted for the purchasing shareholder in a dispute concerning the valuation of the shares in a share-‎purchase transaction. ‎
  • Act of a large international corporation in relation to a challenge to its COVID-19 masking policies by a ‎potential customer. ‎
  • English
  • J.D., Dalhousie University, 2015
  • B.A. (Honours), Queen’s University, 2011

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Advocates' Society