Jeremy Martin is a class action defence lawyer with a specialty in product liability and mass tort cases. A dedicated and creative litigation strategist, Jeremy is often retained to advise on complex or sensitive files. In each case, Jeremy encourages his clients to think outside the framework of litigation, choosing and winning battles before they are fought. As part of his practice, Jeremy has spearheaded numerous domestic and international product recalls, crisis management situations and ADR frameworks. He has acted on cases involving product liability, drug and medical device regulation, mass torts, institutional abuse, shareholder actions, employment law, consumer protection claims and more.
Jeremy has frequently been cited by academics and consulted by researchers and other counsel for his expertise in class action law and litigation strategy. In advance of the Ontario government’s amendments to the Class Proceedings Act in 2020, Jeremy acted as Chair of an ad hoc working group of Bay Street class action defence specialists providing submissions to the government. His comments were solicited by the Law Commission of Ontario in finalizing its report on class action reform, and he was invited to testify before the Legislature on the amendments as an expert witness. His writing on class actions has been adopted into law by several courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada in the groundbreaking Babstock case, which eliminated a developing cause of action against class action defendants. For these and other contributions, the Ontario Bar Association awarded him the 2021 Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyers’ Award for exceptional achievements in the development of the law for the benefit of the profession and citizens of Ontario.
Jeremy will begin his term as elected Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Class Action Section in 2022. He is a six-time co-author of Ontario’s leading textbook on civil procedure, a frequent speaker at class action conferences across the country, and a guest lecturer in civil procedure and class actions law at the University of Windsor and Western University.