Jennifer Trépanier

Jennifer Trépanier



(416) 367-7704


(416) 367-2791


“Working primarily in the education law and human resource context has sensitised me to the nuances and sensitivities of practicing in challenging fields, where emotions can run high, and where ongoing relationships between parties are imperative. Ultimately we are trained to support our clients to work through legal challenges while working to maintain positive relationships with the other party and, in the school context, to further the best interests of the students being served by our clients.”

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Civil Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Human Rights Law


I have developed considerable expertise in the areas of education law, labour and employment law, and human resources law since my call to the Bar of Ontario in 1998.  My expertise also includes special education, student discipline, privacy and litigation.  I have advised and represented clients in French and English on a broad range of legal issues and have a unique perspective, having worked both in private practice for over 10 years and in-house at a French language school board. Having worked within a client organization, I understand my clients’ challenges and their needs.

Publications, News & Media:

  • Published a series of books: Student Discipline: A Guide to the Safe Schools Act(2003); Student Discipline: A Guide to the Education Amendment Act, (2007), (2008); and, Student Discipline: A Guide to Bill 157 (Keeping our Kids Safe at School) (2010)
  • Numerous papers and presentations at local and national conferences
  • Actively involved in professional development for educators, lawyers, students, and various other audiences
  • Many matters that I handle find their way into the media; however, given the sensitive nature of these matters, I strive to keep my clients out of the media limelight, to the extent possible. For my clients, no news is good news


  • Called to the Ontario Bar in 1998
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario
  • Master of Arts in French, University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario
  • Le Diplôme d’Études Françaises, Toulon-Var, France
    • Certificate of French Studies – Advanced Level

Professional Membership

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association