Julia Wilkes

Julia Wilkes


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Julia is a passionate advocate, trusted by her diverse client-base to deliver strategic advice and practical solutions that reflect the business and interpersonal realities of each and every legal dispute. Clients appreciate that Julia "is extremely knowledgeable and explains the law well. She is a good listener and ... willing to work with us on solutions" (Benchmark Litigation, 2023). 

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Julia acts for and provides advice to a range of corporate and individual clients in all manner of civil, commercial, and administrative proceedings, including professionals, statutory officers, shareholders, and directors and officers. She has a robust regulatory and administrative law practice assisting municipal integrity commissioners, athletes, university students, and regulated professionals accused of misconduct. A tried and tested advocate, Julia has acted as lead counsel on trials in the Superior Court of Justice, on judicial reviews in the Divisional Court, and in hearings before various tribunals. Julia also regularly acts as a mediator and arbitrator in sports-related disputes.

Julia is recognized by her peers and in leading legal publications. Since 2020, Benchmark has named her a “Future Litigation Star” and top “40 & Under” litigator, and in both 2022 and 2023 shortlisted her for the Emerging Talent Litigator of the Year. Benchmark's research has noted that Julia "receives resounding and widespread praise, with one peer calling her 'tough as nails, practical, great and pleasant to work with', and that another peer testified to 'being in awe' of how Julia handled herself as opposing counsel on a bitter business dispute, which she successfully shepherded to settlement" (Benchmark Litigation, 2023). Julia is recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Practitioner in both corporate commercial litigation and regulatory and public law litigation. 

Julia is actively involved in the profession and her community. She is a director and the former President of Triathlon Ontario and remains an engaged and avid triathlete. She is also committed to enhancing legal education by ensuring that students have opportunities to build meaningful connections with the bar. She mentors students through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law Alumni-Student Mentorship Program and through her ties to the university’s student legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services. 

Memberships + Legal Leadership

  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Mentor, Alumni-Student Mentorship Program, University of Toronto
  • Past Member, The Advocates’ Society Young Advocates’ Standing Committee 

Community Leadership

  • Director and Former President, Triathlon Ontario
  • Past Member, University of Toronto HIV/AIDS Research Ethics Boards

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2012


  • JD, University of Toronto, 2011
  • MSc, University of British Columbia, 2008
  • BSc (Honours) and BPHE, Queen’s University, 2006