Associate Lawyer – Rudner MacDonald LLP
Cody is an associate at Rudner MacDonald LLP, a boutique employment law firm, which was recently recognized as one of the top three Employment and Labour Law Firms in Canada by the Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards.
While Cody’s practice is wide-ranging, assisting both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law, she has particular experience with evidentiary issues in litigation of employment law cases, as well as with moral damages. Cody has a passion for advocating for her clients, from negotiation to trial, and has successfully represented clients at several levels of court in Ontario.
Cody is dedicated to working for human rights and gender equality, and has served in a number of capacities for women’s right organizations, including as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. Cody’s innovative work with this organization was featured in a 2014 profile in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine.
An avid writer, Cody’s work has been published in Canadian Employment Law Today and the Queen’s Law Journal. Cody has assisted Natalie C. MacDonald, founding partner of Rudner MacDonald, with the research for the forthcoming edition of Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law. She is also a frequent contributor to the Rudner MacDonald blog, and has begun to teach in Osgoode’s Professional Development HR Law for HR Professionals, a Program directed by Natalie C. MacDonald and Stuart E. Rudner, as well as speaking at employment law related conferences held by the Human Resources Professionals’ Association and employer planning boards.
Cody holds a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts from York University. During her time at Queen’s Law School, Cody served as a senior editor for both the Queen’s Law Journal and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal. In addition, she received numerous accolades, including academic awards in Labour, Employment & Administrative Law, Evidence Law, and Equality Rights and the Charter. Cody was honoured by her peers with the Law School’s Gavel Award, a prestigious award given to the graduating student who has made the greatest contribution to student affairs.
Prior to joining Rudner MacDonald, Cody worked for the Law Commission of Ontario, contributing to legal reform projects regarding the intersections of Ontario’s capacity and consent laws and the human rights of individuals who encounter the mental health care system, and for a leading Toronto employment law firm. She was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2015.