After personally experiencing the adjustments that a family encounters when a loved one suffers a brain injury, I understand the importance of having good legal representation. It is this unique perspective that has driven me to become an advocate for injured victims.


Kaitlyn MacDonell


Howie, Sacks & Henry – Kaitlyn MacDonell


Kaitlyn’s practice is devoted to personal injury litigation, accident benefits claims and other disability and insurance litigation. She understands – both personally and legally – all aspects of the devastation caused when someone falls victim to serious personal injury. It is this understanding that motivates Kaitlyn to be an effective advocate for her clients and to protect their rights. She represents her clients in court, on Motions, Trials and Appeals before the courts and administrative tribunals.

In her final year of law school, Kaitlyn was chosen by the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism as a recipient of the 2012 Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP prize in legal ethics for her essay entitled “Ethics of Class Counsel: Is there a need for restrictions on investigating class claims?”

In 2014, she was appointed as a director of the Brain Injury Association – Peterborough Region (BIAPR). In 2016, she was selected as the editor in chief of the Long-Term Disability Section of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association newsletter.

Practice Focus

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Representative Cases

  • Charbonneau v. First Choice Canada Inc., 2016 ONSC 7140 – motion at Superior Court of Justice where Kaitlyn successfully won a motion to examine a witness in advance of a summary judgment motion
  • Moretto v. Nicolini-Femia 2017 ONSC 3945 – Trial where Kaitlyn successfully advocated for her client with a serious dog bite
  • Veeran v. State Farm, 2016 Arbitration, Final Decision, FSCO 4934 – Arbitration where Kaitlyn successfully advocated for the entitlement of income replacement benefits for her client with chronic pain

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Young Women in the Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Using Social Media: Risk Management, Ontario Brain Injury Association – Advisory Council, June 2015
  • Personal Injury and Bankruptcy: What to do When a Party is Bankrupt, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September 2014


Community Involvement

  • ● Vice President of the Brain Injury Association – Peterborough Region

News & Media


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2013
  • JD, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, 2012
  • BSc, Trent University, Faculty of Forensic Science, 2009

Kaitlyn MacDonell’s Team

Adelaide Frimpong
Assistant to Kaitlyn MacDonell