Jacqueline Horvat

Lawyer & Co-Founder

Jacqueline represents clients in commercial and shareholder disputes. She is involved in collaborative projects with the University of Windsor, including the Reclaim Pro Bono Project, representing clients who have suffered online and technology facilitated violence. Jacqueline gives back to the profession by being a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and mentoring new lawyers.

Jacqueline is a litigation lawyer and a founding partner of Spark Law Professional Corporation.

She has a broad and varied corporate/commercial litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex (and not so complex) commercial disputes, shareholder oppression disputes, class action litigation, and appeals. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and is highly regarded as a skilled and experienced commercial litigation lawyer.

Splitting her time between Windsor and Toronto, Jacqueline is also an occasional instructor and frequent guest lecturer at University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law. She is also involved in collaborative projects with the University of Windsor, including the Reclaim Pro Bono Project which provide free legal advice and representation to clients who have suffered online and technology facilitated violence. The purpose of the project is to examine, research, and address pressing issues of social injustice in online environments. Specifically, the research focusses on non-consensual distribution of intimate images, online harassment, sextortion, public disclosure of private facts, voyeurism, and impersonation.

Re-elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario by her peers in 2019, she is serving her third term where she is currently chair of the Technology Task Force and the Treasurer’s Women in Law Advisory Group. She is also a Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning and Advisory Committee, and past Chair of the Professional Regulation Committee, Proceedings Authorization Committee, Litigation Committee, Inter-jurisdictional Committee and Past Co-Chair of Mentoring and Advisory Services Proposal Task Force.

In addition to her Law Society duties, Jacqueline is also the Ontario representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and is currently Second Vice-President of the Federation. She is Chair of the National Requirement Review Committee, and a member of the National Committee on Accreditation and the Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee. Jacqueline was also recently named as a member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments 2022.

Jacqueline is a past member of the Board of Directors of Library Co. Inc., a non-profit corporation created to manage the Ontario County and District Law Library system, and of the Ontario Judicial Education Network, an organization dedicated to fostering public understanding of the judicial system.

Reported Cases

  • O’Reilly v. ClearMRI Solutions Ltd., 2021 ONCA 452 (CanLII)
  • Bodnarchuk v. Guestlogix Inc., 2020 ONSC 4789 (CanLII)
  • Bodnarchuk v. Guestlogix Inc., 2020 ONSC 3775 (CanLII)
  • Hydro Hawkesbury v. ABB Inc., 2020 ONCA 53 (CanLII)
  • Toronto Real Estate Board v. Commissioner of Competition, 2017 FCA 236
  • 1298417 Ontario Ltd. v. Lakeshore (Town) (2014), 122 O.R. (3d) 401 (C.A.)
  • Paul v. 1433295 Ontario Ltd. (2014), 120 O.R. (3d) 339 (S.C.J.)
  • Prince et al. v. ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. et al. (2014), 120 O.R. (3d) 140 (C.A.)
  • Prince et al. v. ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. et al. (2013), 115 O.R. (3d) 721 (S.C.J.)
  • Georgian Windpower Corporation v. Stelco Inc. (2013), 113 O.R. (3d) 81 (S.C.J.)
  • Orman v. Marnat Inc. (2012), 108 O.R. (3d) 81 (S.C.J.)
  • Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Ltd. v. Portofino Riverside Tower Inc. (2011), 108 O.R. (3d) 401 (C.A.)
  • Sikh Cultural Society of Metropolitan Windsor v. Kooner, (2011) 108 O.R. (3d) 490 (S.C.J.)
  • Harris v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (2010), 106 O.R. (3d) 661 (C.A.)
  • Harris v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (2010), 101 O.R. (3d) 665 (S.C.J.)
  • Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Ltd. v. Portofino Riverside Tower Inc. (2010), 68 B.L.R. (4th) 66 (Ont. Div. Ct.)
  • GEA Group AG v. Ventra Group Co. (2009), 315 D.L.R. (4th) 558 (Ont. C.A.)
  • GEA Group AG v. Ventra Group Co. (2009), 96 O.R. (3d) 481 (C.A.)
  • GEA Group AG v. Ventra Group Co. (2009), 307 D.L.R. (4th) 329 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Beach v. Toronto Real Estate Board (2009), 88 R.P.R. (4th) 243 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Mignacca v. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. (2009), 95 O.R. (3d) 269 (Div. Ct.)
  • Incorporated Broadcasters Ltd. v. CanWest Global Communications Corp. (2008), 300 D.L.R. (4th) 577 (Man. Q.B.)
  • Tiboni v. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. (2008), 295 D.L.R. (4th) 32 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Ltd. v. Portofino Riverside Tower Inc. (2008), 44 B.L.R. (4th) 307 (Ont. S.C.J.)

Publications & Presentations