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Halla is a litigation associate at Branch MacMaster LLP. She works at the firm’s Toronto office.

Halla joined Branch MacMaster in 2021, after being called to the bar in Ontario. Halla practices in the areas of health and regulatory law, insurance defence, and class actions. Halla has appeared before the superior courts in both British Columbia and Ontario on insurance and administrative law matters, and has assisted lead counsel on several civil and class action appeals before the BC, Alberta, and Ontario appellate courts.

Prior to joining Branch MacMaster as an associate, Halla served as a judicial law clerk at the Superior Court of Justice, where she enjoyed supporting the work of the busy Central West judges. Halla graduated from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in June 2020. Halla is passionate about advocacy and community lawyering. Halla participated in the Faculty’s Nelligan O’Brien Payne moot competition, and in Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Program in Indigenous Lands, Resources, and Governments. Halla also served as the case manager for a human rights claim brought by a local Black community in Ottawa, who challenged large-scale tenant evictions from their neighbourhood.

In her spare time, Halla enjoys organizing and participating in community events that focus on youth civic engagement, inclusivity in the legal profession, and mentorship for Black and Muslim youth. Halla also enjoys travelling and learning languages, having spent a summer practicing French at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a year studying Arabic at the Kalimah Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

Education

  • JD, University of Ottawa (2020) (cum laude)
  • HBSc, University of Toronto (2016) (with high distinction)

Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of BC, 2022
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society

Representative Counsel Work

  • Crisci v. Vancouver Island Health Authority, 2023 BCSC 1883 (CanLII) – BC Supreme Court decision dismissing claims for defamation, breach of contract, and breach of duty against our client, the physician, and the health authority on the basis that the evidence supporting the claims was inadmissible by virtue of section 51 of the Evidence Act, RSBC 1996, c. 124.

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