Oyeyinka Oyelowo

lawyer | notary public | worker

Yinka is a lawyer at Franklin Law. She consults with employees and other workers during Franklin Law’s Consultation Clinic and has significant experience in and assists with the firm’s employment, human rights, and labour law cases.
Prior to joining Franklin Law, Yinka worked in a civil litigation boutique, practicing insurance defence and commercial law. Yinka completed her articles in the advisory and litigation department of the multinational financial services provider, Manulife. Yinka has also worked in the documentary film industry, hospitality industry and educational services industry.
At Osgoode Hall Law School, Yinka was involved in a variety of community-based and social justice-focused activities.  She was the President of the Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights and the Special Project Manager for the Black Law Students Association; she provided legal services to the public while working with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and the Community Legal Aid Support Program; and she was a Research Assistant for documentary filmmakers at Osgoode Hall Law School. She worked with the Ontario Justice Education Network and developed, coordinated, and delivered justice education information and programs to students and others. She also won the best oralist and best team award in the Julius Alexander Moot, and was awarded the 2018 Dean’s Gold Key Award for her leadership, commitment, and outstanding contribution to the Law School. 
Prior to law school, Yinka completed a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) degree at Carleton University where she was awarded the K. Phyllis Wilson Scholarship in Journalism. She worked in the documentary film industry for several years, providing media and communications services to the Documentary Organization of Canada, Cinema Politica, and the documentary production company, The Best Part Inc. She was also the assistant media relations manager for Ontario Place Corporation for the 2010 and 2011 summer season.

Yinka continues to be involved in the community, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Voice of Women for Peace.

Yinka understands that it is a tremendous opportunity and honour to help employees access justice and fight injustice at work, and she has a penchant for great advocacy, using all of her skills, knowledge, and experience to advocate for workers’ legal and other interests. 

When not at work, Yinka likes weightlifting, reading, Sudoku, watching nature documentaries, and designing hats.

Oyeyinka Oyelowo