Danielle brings over 4 years of law firm experience in employment, criminal and mental health law and civil litigation. Following her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University, she completed her Honours LL.B at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and was awarded a scholarship to pursue graduate (LL.M) studies in International Law.
Danielle was awarded the Norman Cooper Prize for Advocacy from the University of Kent and went on to hold internships with the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Warsaw office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Representing the FHR at national initiatives addressing rights protected under the South African Constitution, she reported on the successes of FHR-funded Human Rights NGOs, proposing strategies for heightening programme impact and effect in South Africa.
As a Rule of Law Intern at the OSCE, Danielle co-facilitated the Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights’ Annual Trial Monitoring conference held in Tbilisi, Georgia and prepared reports on judicial independence and administrative justice in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Balkans.
Danielle completed her articles with a prominent criminal defence firm in Windsor, Ontario and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor, Chatham and Leamington, Ontario. She prepared factums and applications concerning rights protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Following her call to the Bar in 2019, Danielle returned to Toronto and joined a litigation firm specializing in employment, estates, commercial and real estate litigation. She has appeared before the Ontario Small Claims and Superior Courts and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
A fervent advocate in protecting clients who face human rights abuses, Danielle is delighted to be contributing to the extraordinary work of one of Toronto’s outstanding Employment & Labour Law firms at MacDonald & Associates.