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Known for her deep knowledge of the insolvency framework, both domestic and international, and for applying strategic skills to achieve successful outcomes. Partner in the restructuring and litigation firm Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP representing a wide variety of stakeholders in complex restructurings and insolvency litigation for the past 25 years. Representative mandates include acting as lead Canadian insolvency counsel to the UK Pension Claimants in the Nortel Networks case, and obtaining a precedent-setting pro rata allocation of US$7.3 billion of sale proceeds among more than 40 insolvency estates in Canada, the US and Europe following the first joint trial involving the Canadian and US Courts. D.J. also obtained the first pre-filing stay of proceedings under Canada’s main insolvency statute, in the Square Two cross-border proceeding. She has extensive experience on the “deal” side of restructurings as well as insolvency litigation, and has appeared before every level of court in Canada.

Professional Memberships

Insolvency Institute of Canada, Chair of the Chapter Presidents’ Council of TMA Global, Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Turnaround Management Association (Toronto), Toronto Lawyers Association, Canadian Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, The Advocates Society, IWIRC and INSOL International.


Guest lecturer at three Canadian law schools, regular speaker at conferences and the author of numerous articles and publications. Recognized as Insolvency Litigator of the Year (2018) by Benchmark Canada, recipient of the Lexpert Zenith award (2017) and Women of Excellence Exemplar award (2017).