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.
Areas of Practice
Areas of Practice
Small Claims Court
Provincial Offences Court
Landlord and Tenant
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Honors and Awards
Winner of the 2019 William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award from the Law Society of Ontario.
McDonald & Partners Family Law Award - Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, 2002
Professional Associations and Memberships
Law Society of Ontario, P1 Licensee, 2008 - Present
County of Carleton Law Association, Member, 2009 - Present
Current Co-Vice-Chair of the County of Carleton Law Association Paralegal Committee, Committee Member since 2014
October 2017 - Presenter, with Paula Callaghan, at the CCLA Annual Paralegal Day on the topic of Civility in Practice.
October 2016 - Chair of panel discussion at the CCLA Annual Paralegal Day on ethics and issues when dealing with self-represented litigants.
January 2015 - Co-author of paper: "The Hostile/Adverse Witness: What to do?". This paper was presented as part of the materials of the First CCLA Annual Paralegal Day on February 7, 2015.
Confidential Conferences in Small Claims Court, CCLA, 2014