Jen Danch

Jen’s interest in social justice law emerged from her 10+ year career as a front-line social worker. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and obtained her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jen previously worked as a lawyer at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, advancing the Commission’s systemic advocacy on racial profiling, barriers to employment for refugees, poverty, and the Right to Read Inquiry. She was recently counsel in two successful constitutional challenges to the eviction of homeless encampments in Waterloo and Kingston.

A significant portion of Jen’s practice is dedicated to representing victims of violence, sexual assault and child abuse. This involves advocacy in criminal proceedings and pursuing civil claims against both the perpetrators and the institutions that facilitated the abuse. She is a cofounder of Legal Advocates Against Sexual Violence (LASV).

Jen has a passion for elder law and for assisting clients navigate disputes about how to make personal care and financial decisions for family members under the Substitute Decisions Act. She frequently represents allegedly incapable persons and has been appointed as amicus curiae in various contexts.

Jen has completed the Sitt Feld Handy alternative dispute resolution course from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She applies her conflict resolution and mediation skills to her work in estate, guardianship, mental health, and consent and capacity law.  

Currently, Jen is acting as counsel for family members in the coroner’s inquest into the death of Attila Csanyi.

 

Assistant:
Vladislava Usacheva
vusacheva@swadron.com
(416) 362-1234 ext. 241

 

Jen Danch

Honours B.A., Specialist Program in International Development Studies, University of Toronto, 2003

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, 2006

J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, 2017

Call to the Bar: 2018 Ontario

Memberships: Law Society of Ontario, Law Union of Ontario, Legal Advocates Against Sexual Violence, Mental Health Legal Committee, Movement Defence Committee

 

Tel: (416) 362-1234, ext. 229
Fax: (416) 362-1232
jdanch@swadron.com