Kailey O'Neil

Part-time Instructor

Law, Faculty of


1 506 453 4669

Research interests

  • labour and employment law
  • civil procedure


Kailey joined UNB as a part-time instructor in 2018. She previously practiced law in Ontario, first in a boutique litigation firm and then as an in-house lawyer with the Regional Municipality of York. Her practice was litigation-focused, with specialization in construction law, contracts, personal injury, and municipal litigation. She has appeared before various levels of court in Ontario and has consulted on matters before the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench.

Kailey received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Film and Media Studies from Queen’s University. She then received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick in 2012. During her time at UNB, Kailey was involved in community legal aid clinics, Pro-Bono Students Canada, and she was a member of the winning team at the 2011 Trilateral Moot. After spending several years in practice, Kailey received her LLM in Labour and Employment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018.

Kailey’s research interests predominantly involve regulation of developing forms work and improving access to justice in our civil litigation system. She is finalizing research projects dealing with various forms of vulnerable work, including the rising rates of precarious work in Ontario and its disproportionate impact on women and the international labour law implications of the Japanese sex trade.

Courses taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Law

Selected publications

Kailey O’Neil, “Boarding More People onto a Sinking Ship? The Appeals Process and Increased Monetary Jurisdiction of New Brunswick’s Small Claims Court” (Summer 2018) 34(1) The CBA New Brunswick Branch Solicitor’s Journal 16.