Walker gives back to hometown Oakville with personal injury practice
By AdvocateDaily.com Staff
Having grown up in the area, Walker was delighted when the chance arose to article at the firm’s Oakville office.
Almost eight years on, Walker, now an associate with Will Davidson LLP, lives and works in her hometown, while her children go to school just down the road.
“It’s a beautiful place that still manages to retain a small-town feel, and I feel very fortunate to be able to work in and serve the community where I grew up,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.
Even during her own school days in the town, Walker felt destined for a career in the law.
“I always had a very strong sense of justice and loved standing up for people that I felt had been wronged, so it was a natural gravitation towards the profession,” she explains.
Having set her sights on the legal world, Walker gained experience summering at a personal injury firm before heading to the University of Windsor’s law school.
“From then on, I knew what I wanted to do. It was a great advantage because I was able to tailor my law school classes to focus on courses that would help me towards a position in my chosen practice area,” she says. “Personal injury law gives you the chance to help people, while also being challenged professionally.”
During law school, Walker boosted her education with further experience in litigation at a full-service law firm, while also volunteering with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in Toronto.
At Will Davidson LLP, her personal injury practice now covers a wide variety of matters, including claims related to motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and mass torts. Since her call to the bar in 2012, she has also participated in some of the firm’s plaintiff-side class-action cases and has advocated for clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, as well as various administrative tribunals.
According to Walker, some of her most challenging work comes when acting for clients with catastrophic impairments following a motor vehicle accident.
“Those cases tend to be all-encompassing. They are very tough emotionally because you’re assisting someone who often has life-changing injuries,” she says. “In addition to getting them the compensation they deserve, you’re also trying to set them up with the proper occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and whatever other medical help they require.”
When clients come to Walker, she says they shouldn’t expect to hear too much from her during the first part of the initial meeting.
“It's important for them to tell me what happened, so I just listen to their story,” she says.
Only then does the focus switch to the client's options in terms of litigation, when Walker aims to be their trusted guide through what can be a very complicated process, especially for someone experiencing it for their first time.
“I want them to feel very comfortable, so I’m happy to meet them wherever they want,” Walker says. “If they have mobility issues, we can meet at their home, and they can bring as many family members as they want or need to.
“The most important thing is that they know I’m here for them after their traumatic experience,” she adds.