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Ashlee L. Barber

Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defence, Professional Liability, Personal Injury Litigation, Employment Litigation
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Ashlee L. Barber

T 705.223.5464 x254
F 705.223.5465
Called To The Bar: 2011


Ashlee has practiced with Williams Litigation Lawyers since obtaining her law degree in 2010.

Her practice focuses on insurance law, professional liability defence, personal injury litigation, and commercial litigation. However, Ashlee is able to roll up her sleeves and tackle almost any civil litigation case.

Ashlee has earned a reputation as a committed and vigorous advocate on behalf of her clients. Ashlee has successfully represented clients in multiple levels of court, including the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, Landlord and Tenant Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, the CPP Disability Review Tribunal, the License Appeal Tribunal, and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

While Ashlee treats each case as if it could someday go to trial, she is always looking for the most efficient and cost-effective resolution. Ashlee has skillfully negotiated an early resolution to hundreds of cases, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. In her defence work, Ashlee has stopped several lawsuits in their tracks by bringing summary judgment motions and motions to strike before examinations for discovery. Ashlee has successfully taken cases to trial when necessary, and has acted as lead counsel and co-counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants.

In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid long-distance runner who enjoys the outdoors.


  • LL.B, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (2010)
  • Honours B.A. in Law, minor in History and Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (2007)

Professional Activities

  • Instructor:  Civil Law and Procedure at Nipissing University
  • Panel Speaker at Colloquium: How to Prepare Virtual Materials for Trials and Motions 2020
  • Panel Speaker at Colloquium: Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses 2019
  • Moderator of Panel on Topic of Appeals at New Lawyers/Articling Student’s Summit 2016
  • Speaker at CCLA’s Annual Civil Litigation Conference 2013
  • Member of the Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the Nipissing Law Association
  • Member of the Carleton County Law Association
  • Member of the Advocates Society

Selected Cases

Mahamba v. Bwenge 2017 ONSC 3260

Tara successfully defended this appeal from a Small Claims Court Judgment to the Divisional Court. Central to the Appeal was the question of whether or not Deputy Justice Fortier had correctly applied the law as it related to unjust enrichment and whether or not the defence of change of position applied.

Bastien v. Egalite, 2016 ONSC 7652

In Bastien v. Egalite, Ms. Barber, representing one of three lawyers, successfully brought a motion to strike against the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs alleged that all three lawyers were negligent because they failed to take steps to rescind or cancel the purchase of their condominium unit.  The lawyers argued that the plaintiffs did not suffer any damages attributable to their action or failure to take action as it was not possible to rescind the purchase without the vendors’ consent, which was refused.  The Court agreed with the Defendants and the Plaintiffs’ case was dismissed against all three lawyers.   

Roy v. Ottawa Capital Area Crime Stoppers, 2018 ONSC 4207

Ashlee Barber was successful in having the Plaintiff’s defamation claim against the Ottawa Capital Area Crime Stoppers dismissed on a summary judgment motion. 

Bois v. MD Physician Services Inc., 2017 ONCA 857

Ms. Ashlee Barber, acted for the Defendant Summary Judgment Motion brought by the Plaintiff.   The Plaintiff claimed entitlement to an unpaid bonus which his employer, the Defendant, refused to pay on the grounds that the Plaintiff forfeited his entitlement to the bonus payment when he resigned his job.   The Court found that the Plaintiff was aware of the active employment clause for the payment of the bonus, and that the clause was clear and unambiguous.  The Court also found that the active employment clause complied with the Employment Standards Act. The Plaintiff’s case was dismissed. Ms. Barber was successful in responding to the Plaintiff's appeal. 

Ugarrit Inc. v. Pooran, 2013 ONSC 6713

In Ugarrit Inc. v. Pooran, 2013 ONSC 6713, the plaintiffs unsuccessfully moved to add two lawyers as party defendants to an existing negligence action, which arose from a fire loss claim that had become statute barred.  Ms. Barber represented one of the two lawyers, successfully arguing that the lawyer was never retained to advance a fire loss claim.  The motion against both lawyers was dismissed.

Leighton v. Best, 2014 ONCA 667

Ms. Barber acted as agent for the Plaintiff and successfully argued to extend the time to file a Notice of Appeal.   The Plaintiff wished to appeal a decision dismissing his motion for a declaration that the Plaintiff’s award of damages in his personal injury action would survive the Defendant’s discharge from bankruptcy.   The Plaintiff filed the Notice of Appeal several months late.   The Court of Appeal concluded that it was in the interest of justice to allow the Plaintiff to file the Notice of Appeal.  The Plaintiff, with his original counsel, was ultimately successful on the appeal.   

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