Tamara Ramsey



Email tramsey@dalelessmann.com


  • LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School, 2002 (Annie Macdonald Langstaff Prize)
  • M.A. with Distinction, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998 (Graduate Gold Medal in Arts and Graduate Scholarship)
  • B.A. (Hons), University of Winnipeg, 1994 (Patricia Ruth Rogers Scholarship in English and Academic Proficiency Scholarship)

Practice Description

Tamara Ramsey is a partner in Dale & Lessmann’s Litigation/Dispute Resolution Group.  Tamara is a litigator with a diverse litigation practice, who focuses on corporate and commercial disputes, including trade-mark protection, contractual issues, shareholder disputes, estate disputes, complex torts, and termination of employment and consulting relationships. Prior to joining Dale & Lessmann as a partner in the litigation and insolvency group, Tamara practised commercial and intellectual property litigation at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Chitiz Pathak LLP.

Tamara is a trusted counsellor to her clients. Tamara works with business owners and stakeholders to find the optimal solution for their legal problems and, where necessary, acting as a strong advocate in court or arbitration proceedings. Tamara has exceptional analytical and writing skills that permit her to simplify complex problems and provide practical advice to her clients.

Tamara has experience dealing with complex commercial disputes, including disputes among shareholders and families. She has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Appeal and regularly deals with matters on the Toronto Commercial and Estates Lists.

Tamara works with trade-mark owners and local businesses to protect their trade-marks from infringement and depreciation of goodwill. Notably, Tamara successfully opposed an application by a Punjabi-language newspaper based in India to register the word AJIT in association with printed publications and newspapers in Sadhu Singh Hamdard Trust v. Navsun Holdings Ltd., 2015 TMOB 214, aff’d 2018 FC 42, aff’d 2019 FCA 10, leave ref’d by SCC.

Tamara is actively involved in the legal profession. She is a member of the Advocates Society 10+ Standing Committee and on the editorial team for Advocacy Matters. She has actively participated in the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada as a member of the Litigation Committee, Women in IP Networking Group, and Editorial Board for the Canadian Intellectual Property Reporter.

In addition, Tamara participates in her community. She has been a volunteer with Second Harvest for many years and was awarded the 2018 Mike Kic Spirit Award, which recognized her as “an incredible leader who not only rallies her colleagues, family and friends to volunteer – she also motivates and inspires fellow volunteers to do their best.”

Community Involvement

  • Second Harvest (Pro Bono legal counsel, Member of Toronto Taste Committee, Recipient of the 2018 Mike Kic Spirit Award)
  • Founding member of DunBloor Tomorrow Community Association

Professional Affiliations and Distinctions

  • Member of Law Society of Ontario since 2003
  • Advocates Society (Member of 10+ Standing Committee, Advocacy Matters)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (Member of Litigation Committee, Member of Editorial Board for the Canadian Intellectual Property Reporter, Member of Women in IP Networking Group)
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association

Recent Presentations and Publications

  • 2019-2020, Quirky Cases, feature in Advocacy Matters published quarterly by The Advocates Society
  • INTA Features: How to Avoid a Loss of Distinctiveness in Canada published May 15, 2019, for the Bulletin by the International Trade-marks Association
  • Provide comments to CBC news for a story on November 9, 2018, about the legal meaning of transfers for undervalue in connection with potential litigation involving former directors of Sears Canada
  • Provide comments to CBC news for a story on August 3, 2018, about the legal framework for removing directors in a CCAA proceeding in connection with CBC’s coverage of a motion to remove directors of Sears Canada during the final stages of its insolvency proceeding.
  • Case Comment: Trans-High Strikes Again published on May 18, 2017, in the Bulletin by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
  • INTA Case Comment: Key Words and Passing Off published on April 8, 2017, in the Bulletin by the International Trade-marks Association
  • INTA Case Comment: Federal Court of Appeal Endorses Punitive Damages published October 18, 2016, in the Bulletin by the International Trade-marks Association
  • Case Summary: Making Sense of Metatags published on May 18, 2016, in the Bulletin by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

Recent Blog Posts

This post originally appeared as the Quirky Case Column in Advocacy Matters, Fall 2019. This column features a case that is interesting because of its quirkiness. This can include unusual facts, a novel legal issue, or something else that makes it quirky.