Cody Yorke is an Associate at MacDonald & Associates, a boutique employment law firm in Toronto specializing in Canadian Employment Law for both employees and employers.
While Cody’s practice is wide-ranging, assisting both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law, she has particular experience with evidentiary issues in litigation of employment law cases, as well as moral damages. Cody has a passion for advocating for her clients, from negotiation to trial, and has successfully represented clients at several levels of court in Ontario.
Cody is dedicated to working for human rights and gender equality, and has served in a number of capacities for women’s right organizations, including as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. Cody’s innovative work with this organization was featured in a 2014 profile in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine. Cody is currently a Member-at-Large on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association Women Lawyers Forum.
An avid writer, Cody’s work has been published in Canadian Employment Law Today, Canadian Lawyer, the Queen’s Law Journal and Mondaq. Cody has assisted Natalie C. MacDonald with research on the chapter of moral damages for the upcoming edition of Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law. She directs MacDonald & Associates’ series of webinars, and frequently authors Articles published on the MacDonald & Associates website. She has begun to teach in Osgoode’s Professional Development HR Law for HR Professionals, and speaks at employment law related conferences held by the Human Resources Professionals’ Association and employer planning boards.
Cody holds a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts from York University. During her time at Queen’s Law School, Cody served as a senior editor for both the Queen’s Law Journal and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal. In addition, she received numerous accolades, including academic awards in Labour, Employment & Administrative Law, Evidence Law, and Equality Rights and the Charter. Cody was honoured by her peers with the Law School’s Gavel Award, a prestigious award given to the graduating student who has made the greatest contribution to student affairs.
Prior to joining MacDonald & Associates, Cody worked for the Law Commission of Ontario, contributing to legal reform projects regarding the intersections of Ontario’s capacity and consent laws and the human rights of individuals who encounter the mental health care system, and for leading Toronto employment law firms. She was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2015.