Emma is an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Her practice includes media and defamation and aviation law, as well as commercial and general civil litigation.

Emma has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Federal Court of Canada. She is experienced in drafting pleadings, affidavits, and facta, conducting complex research, and advising clients on novel matters.

Emma also practises in the areas of information technology and intellectual property law with a focus on high tech and Internet-based companies. She acts for companies from all industries in order to assist them when they are customers or providers of technology, and with their privacy and other compliance needs.

Prior to joining WeirFoulds, Emma gained experience at both a boutique litigation firm and a national full-service firm in Toronto.

Emma has also worked as an Associate Producer in local and national current affairs at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

  • Gill v. Maciver, 2022 ONSC 1279 (represented two journalists in bringing an anti-SLAPP motion)
  • Volpe v. Wong-Tam, 2022 ONSC 3106 & Volpe v. Wong-Tam, 2022 ONSC 4071 (represented a media outlet and journalist in bringing an anti-SLAPP motion)
  • Berenguer v. SATA Internacional – Azores Airlines, S.A., 2021 FCA 217 (represented the respondent air carrier in a motion to admit new evidence on appeal and determine the contents of the appeal book)
  • Mpamugo v. FlightHub Canada Inc., 2021 ONSC 1671 (represented the moving party in a motion to strike a claim against air carriers and an online travel agency for approximately $8 million relating to a missed flight)
  • Savary v. Tarion, 2021 ONSC 2409 (represented a media outlet and journalists in a motion to strike claims relating to a broadcast about an Ontario builder)
  • Berenguer v. SATA Internacional – Azores Airlines, S.A., 2021 FC 394 (represented an air carrier in a motion to strike a claim relating to compensation under EU261 for flight delays for want of jurisdiction and simultaneously opposed a motion to certify the action as a class proceeding)
  • Volpe v. Wong-Tam, 2021 ONSC 7685 (represented the moving party in a motion to enforce terms of settlement)
  • Codina v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2020 ONCA 116 (represented the respondents on a motion resulting in the dismissal of the appeal of CBC’s successful anti-SLAPP motion)
  • Core Insight Strategies Inc. v. Advanced Symbolics, 2019 ONSC 2109 (successfully resisted a motion to add as a party to a commercial dispute an individual who filed access to information requests alleged to be defamatory)
  • A.P. v. L.K., 2019 ONSC 4010 (opposed publication ban and sealing order on behalf of media conglomerate)
  • Lotin v. Gregor, 2019 ONSC 1510 (represented the defendant/respondent on a defamation summary judgment motion)
  • Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONCA 761 (represented the intervener, the City Clerk of the City of Toronto, in high profile litigation regarding Toronto’s ward structure in advance of the municipal election)
  • Vice Chair for the Ontario Bar Association Entertainment, Media, and Communications Law Section Executive (2022-2023)
  • Member at Large for the Ontario Bar Association Entertainment, Media, and Communications Law and Young Lawyer’s Division (Central) Section Executives (2020-2021)
    Member at Large for the Ontario Bar Association Entertainment, Media, and Communications Law Section Executive (2021-2022)
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Editor of WeirFoulds LLP’s Commercial Litigation Insights Blog
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2018)

Education
  • J.D., Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 2017
  • B.A. (Honours), Journalism, University of King’s College, 2013
Affiliations
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

  • Cast Member, Nightwood Theatre’s Lawyer Show, 2018-2022

Upcoming Event

Nov282022

Key Updates on Defamation and Social Media – Ontario Bar Association

Associate Emma Romano will serve as Program Co-chair for Key Updates on Defamation and Social Media, a webcast-only session hosted by the Ontario Bar Association’s Entertainment, Media…View Event

Speaking Engagements

Co-Chair, “Online Harassment Tort: What You Need to Know and Best Practices for Representing Victims “, Ontario Bar Association, Online, November 30, 2021
Speaker, "Help Me Help You - A Mentoring Event for the Next Generation of Entertainment, Media and Communications Lawyers", The Canadian Bar Association, Online, October 27, 2021
Speaker, "Reputation Management for Corporations and Executives: Dealing with Defamation", 2021 In-House Counsel Update: Continuing Challenges in a Changing World, WeirFoulds LLP, May 4, 2021
Co-Chair, "5G and Beyond: The Latest in Telecommunications Law", The Canadian Bar Association, Online, February 16, 2021
Speaker, "Help Me Help You - A Mentoring Event for the Next Generation of Entertainment, Media and Communications Lawyers", The Canadian Bar Association, Online, November 10, 2020

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Publications

  • Regular contributor to the International Law Office newsletter on Canadian aviation matters