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Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast

Mar 29, 2024

Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Linda O’Brien to today’s episode. Linda recently joined the Gluckstein family from a boutique litigation firm where she focused exclusively on civil litigation, defending tort litigants. She is now a key member of our Sexual Abuse group with the Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein team advocating solely for survivors of sexual abuse.

Over her almost 30 years of practice, Linda has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, along with appearances before numerous boards and at private arbitrations.

Linda is proud to be involved in initiatives to promote policies and practices to retain and advance women in law and to continue to serve as a mentor for many students and lawyers.


Key Takeaways:

[3:34] Linda talks about her work in the defense field before she started working for Gluckstein Lawyers.

[7:26] Linda highlights the value of being empathetic with clients.

[10:26] Brenda shares how she got the chance to speak in court after seven years of waiting.

[14:14] Linda shares how she chose the type of law she ended up working in.

[19:35] Linda discusses the importance of caring for clients and ensuring they are not retraumatized throughout the legal process.

[20:43] Is there a mind shift coming from the defense side to the plaintiff kind of work?

[25:23] Linda’s defense law background greatly benefits her work as part of the Sexual Abuse Group with the Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein team.

[26:57] What are some of the most challenging aspects of her work with the sexual abuse cases she takes at Gluckstein?

[31:21] Linda explains why causation is so complicated.

[33:10] How long does it take to resolve a historical sexual abuse case?

[37:45] No client goes to court for the money.

[42:01] Advocacy is a powerful work.

[42:57] Linda wishes she had no more work one day because that would mean no one would be suffering this way anymore.


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