"I have worked with Ellen on numerous Supreme Court of Canada appeal files, and have found her research and analytical skills to be invaluable. She quickly cuts through to the relevant legal issues, provides thorough and focused research, and develops her findings into a concise, engaging and persuasive argument. Ellen’s genuine enthusiasm for the law shines through in her work, and I highly recommend her services."
MOIRA DILLON / SUPREME LAW GROUP
“Ellen is an incredible resource for those working on appeals. She is easy to work with and brings her significant intellect to work collaboratively on tough appeal issues. I consider her by far the best factum writer I have come across in my lengthy career. She is a star in the appeal field and would recommend that you reach out to her and retain her as soon as you can."
GARRY THOMAS / THOMAS & ASSOCIATES
“For the past 10 years, Ellen has been an essential part of our team. When we face a new or complicated issue, we send it off to Ellen and she provides her research and opinion, along with a persuasive legal summary for our pleadings, settlement letter or brief. Although we have not had cause to appeal recently due to successful trials and settlements, we were consistently successful in the Court of Appeal for a number of years in part due to Ellen’s factums. We are confident when we appear in court backed by Ellen’s research and analysis. This has made our practise more enjoyable and profitable. As a bonus, Ellen is very patient and approachable. No question or argument is to inane for guidance from Ellen. Ellen puts the best light on any problem and does so with considerable good humour. We recommend her services to any lawyer looking to raise his or her game. "
DOUG AND CAMERON KING / FLETCHER KING FAMILY LAW COUNSEL
“I have had the pleasure of working with Ellen Vandergrift as a legal researcher for the past 10 years, and find her to be a highly intelligent, resourceful, practical and intuitive. She is prompt with her service, and I have relied on her research to form a vital part of my clients’ litigation strategy. Her research and writing have formed a part of my court submissions, mediation briefs and settlement offer letters. Her research is always precise and comprehensive. She leaves no stone unturned, and works within her budget to do so. She is humble, hard-working and conscientious. She is also creative, knowledgeable and adept at assisting with legal strategy. She is able to translate her research and insights into persuasive legal writing. I like to think of Ellen as my secret weapon when tackling my most complex files and rely on her to equal the playing field and compete with larger law firms with their own legal research departments. Above all, I find Ellen to be personable, with a great sense of a humour. We’ve had a lot of fun over the years hashing out the law, and finding new creative arguments together and I consider her to be a co-conspirator and collaborator. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any lawyer looking for assistance with legal research or writing, and have recommended her in the past to other lawyer colleagues."
CANDACE CHO / ONYX LAW GROUP
“Ellen has a first class legal mind. Our case in the Supreme Court of Canada, where she appeared as co-counsel, had difficult issues to resolve which required research into precedents from around the world. Ellen did a superb job identifying and drawing together the salient points of our argument. Her overall grasp of the key issues, combined with exceptional research, editing, and drafting skills, produced very well written documents. Ellen is a pleasure to work with, friendly, efficient, and most helpful. Highly recommended."
MAX COWPER-SMITH / FORMER LAWYER / CLIENT IN COWPER-SMTIH v. MORGAN