Mary Jane Stitt is an independent counsel, mediator and arbitrator. With over 35 years of litigation and arbitration experience, Mary Jane’s practice emphasizes commercial insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability, product liability, professional negligence and class actions. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Mary Jane practiced with Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto from 1980 until her retirement as a partner of that firm in 2013. She led Blake’s Toronto litigation group for 5 years, the first woman to do so at Blake’s. She frequently assists boards of directors in the resolution of business problems and governance issues. She received her mediation training at Harvard and works as a neutral with parties to facilitate the resolution of complex commercial and business issues. Her counsel, mediation and arbitration practices embraces various types of commercial disputes including multi-party professional negligence, product liability, insurance broker negligence and complex commercial insurance disputes. She was recently appointed by the Ontario Minister of Labour as the Facilitator of the province’s Gender Wage Gap Working Group, which consultative assignment was completed in September 2017.
She is currently a director and President Elect of the ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc. and is a past director of Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto and Toronto Summer Music. Mary Jane is recognized for her legal expertise in many rankings and publications including The Best Lawyers in Canada (2017) in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Insurance Law, International Arbitration, Legal Malpractice Law and Product Liability Law; Expert Guides World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2017): Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Practitioner; M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017: D&O Liability Lawyer of the Year – Canada; Global 100 – 2017 – D&O Liability Lawyer of the Year – Canada; Corporate USA Today – Annual Awards – 2017: D&O Liability Lawyer of the Year – Canada and Expert Guides, The World’s Leading Practitioners in Insurance and Reinsurance, 2017.
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