Kaitlyn MacDonell


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’s practice is devoted to complex personal injury litigation, long-term disability claims, 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. Kaitlyn is passionate about the rights of survivors of brain injury as she has first-hand experience in acquired brain injury, with her father being diagnosed with one following a serious assault. Here is Kaitlyn’s story. It is this understanding that motivates Kaitlyn to be an effective advocate for her clients and protect their rights. 


She regularly attends trials, administrative hearings, and complex motions in both the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, and Administrative Tribunals. 


She is currently the President of the Brain Injury Association in the Peterborough Region and has been on the board for ten years. Kaitlyn is on the Practice Direction Committee of OTLA and frequently volunteers to draft important documents that influence policy and law for accident victims in Ontario. 


In 2021, Kaitlyn was awarded the prestigious Martin Wunder, Q.C. Outstanding New Lawyer Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) in recognition of her active commitment to improving the legal system and its responsiveness to vulnerable plaintiffs. 


Kaitlyn is also a published author on court practices and the past editor-in-chief for the OTLA Long Term Disability Section newsletter.

Kaitlyn MacDonell's Team





Christie McKeown
Law Clerk
Christina Mitchell
Assistant to Kaitlyn MacDonell
Diana Peto
Legal Assistant to Christie McKeown

Professional Success

Client Testimonials

I just wanted to thank the team at HSH for the time and effort put into my case...
Tania C.
I highly suggest Howie, Sacks and Henry, and if you can request for Kaitlyn MacDonell you will be in the best of hands!
Armel B.

Thought Leadership

Personal, Industry and Community Activity


Called to the Ontario Bar, 2013

JD, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, 2012

BSc, Trent University, Faculty of Forensic Science, 2009

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

Honours and Awards

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) 2021 Martin Wunder, Q.C. Outstanding New Lawyer Award

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?”

Community Involvement

President of the Brain Injury Association – Peterborough Region

Among the best in Canada

Since 2011, our peers have consistently voted for us as one of Canada’s top personal injury firms in Canadian Lawyer magazine’s annual rankings of the top personal injury boutiques in Canada.

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Award – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

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