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John Campion
John Campion

John is a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP. John has been a trusted advisor for 45 years in public and private corporate, family enterprise, regulation and government: advice, court tribunal, arbitration, and mediation, dispute resolution and strategy; teaching, writing and development of law: called to the Bars of Ontario, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He has represented clients in England, Europe, Asia and the USA, before the Courts of ten Provinces, the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of Canada and before federal and provincial tribunals, public inquiries, mediations and arbitrations (nationally and internationally). John has been counsel in over 300 reported private law and public law trials, hearings, appeals and judicial reviews and arbitrator in over 20 commercial arbitrations.

He has served as an Emeritus Bencher and Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, President of the Empire Club of Canada, chair of the Audit Committee of the CBC, counsel to two Prime Ministers and much more, serving everyone from heads of state to underprivileged children during a storied career.

John Campion is nationally and internationally recognized (Chambers, Best Lawyers, Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell) as one of Canada’s leading senior trial, appeal and arbitration counsel. He has been an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2000 and was President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, representing Canada’s 100,000 lawyers nationally and internationally. He has been active in his community: President of The Empire Club of Canada, counsel to the Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and an adjunct professor of law, Toronto and Osgoode. He is an author of Professional Liability in Canada and publishes and lectures broadly throughout Canada and internationally.

R. Douglas Elliott
R. Douglas Elliott

Doug is a partner at Cambridge LLP. Doug received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1979, his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1982, and was called to the Bar in 1984. The Law Society certified him as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 2003, and awarded him the Law Society Medal in 2010.

His practice encompasses a wide range of complex business litigation including cross-border litigation, alternative dispute resolution, estates and trusts law.

Doug is well known for his work on landmark constitutional cases such as same sex marriage, and is also a leader in the field of class actions. He has been counsel in class actions involving some of the largest recoveries against the Crown in Canada. Doug won the largest Canadian class action trial judgement valued at $50 million in an action brought by a group of gay and lesbian Canadians seeking CPP survivor’s pensions against the federal government in Hislop v Canada. He played a key role in the national hepatitis C team that secured a $1.5 billion settlement from the federal and provincial governments in Parsons v Canada, one of the largest settlements in Canadian class action history.

Doug is lead counsel or co-counsel in a number of current class actions. In addition to numerous awards for his social justice work, Mr. Elliott has been recognized as a leading expert on public law, both class actions and Charter litigation, and as one of the Best Class Action Lawyers in Canada by The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also listed in Canadian Who’s Who, published by the University of Toronto Press.

Glyn Hotz
Glyn Hotz

Glyn is the founder of Hotz Lawyers. Glyn received his LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 1996, his JD from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1996 and was called to the Bar in 1998.

Glyn’s practice has primarily been in class actions. He articled with the late Honourable Justice Edward W. Ducharme of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and for Harvey T. Strosberg. He has started and worked on a number of class actions that have settled, including the earliest privacy breach class action against Sony BMG in relation to its XCP spyware installed on a rootkit on CD’s when users installed the software; the Air France flight 358 runway overrun; Seven Oaks Home for the Aged where 23 people died of Legionnaire’s Disease; Depo-Provera involving bone mineral density loss in young women who received the shot; Harvey’s Restaurant E. Coli outbreak; Maple Leaf Foods Listeriosis outbreak; Natural Health Services privacy breach in 2019; and Zantac as a result of NDMA contamination in 2019.

In addition to class actions, Glyn has pursued an interest in Philosophy and health law, including completing a PhD in Theories of Justice in Health Care at York University in 1998. He also writes on AI and completed a Google Impact Challenge Proposal in 2018, and will be participating in an AI conference in 2020 to read a paper on AI and its potential role in combating climate change.

Glyn has participated frequently in conferences, including the World-wide Wind Energy Conference, and he has worked with law firms in Europe to bring wind farm development to Canada. He is a member of a number of social justice and other organizations, including BLAC (Black Legal Action Centre), the Canadian Philosophical Association, the National Black Law Students Association, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Hugh Scher
Hugh Scher

Hugh is the founder of Scher Law Professional Corporation where he leads a team in the practice of civil litigation with a particular focus on employment and human rights law, privacy and health law, as well as insurance and constitutional litigation.

For more than 25 years Hugh has engaged in a broad range of civil litigation matters at all level of court and tribunal including multiple precedent setting appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Hugh served for 7 years as Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities where he directed interventions in 14 different section 15 Charter Equality Rights cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and Appeal Courts across Canada. He is a Past-President of the Board of Directors of ARCH: A Legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities He served for multiple years as Chair of the Labour and Employment law section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Hugh regularly appears on television and radio broadcasts and has been featured in newspapers across the country on matters relating to employment and human rights law, euthanasia, assisted suicide and the human rights of people with disabilities. Hugh is a frequent lecturer on employment, health, human rights and Constitutional law at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Toronto and other organizations across Canada.

Jonathan Nehmetallah
Jonathan Nehmetallah

Jonathan is an associate at Gardiner Roberts and a member of the Dispute Resolution Group and the Municipal and Land Use Group. Jonathan joined the firm as an associate in 2017 and also summered and articled with Gardiner Roberts prior to that time. Jonathan has a varied practice and focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, municipal and land use, and regulatory and compliance work.

Jonathan has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formally the Ontario Municipal Board). He has also represented clients before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Jonathan also acts as a prosecutor for various Conservation Authorities regarding the prosecution of offences under the Conservation Authorities Act in the Ontario Court of Justice.

While at Queen’s University, Jonathan was the host of Pro Bono Radio. Jonathan competed in Vienna, Austria for the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot where he won a top oralist designation.

Ruzbeh Hosseini
Ruzbeh Hosseini

Ruzbeh is a partner at Cambridge LLP and he practices in the business litigation and cross-border litigation groups. Ruzbeh is regularly involved in the development of litigation strategy and he has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of clients.

Ruzbeh obtained his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law and his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. Ruzbeh also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. While in law school, Ruzbeh interned at the Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Law & Government Division.

In addition to extensive litigation experience, Ruzbeh completed a gold-standard course for certification as a qualified arbitrator. He is regularly involved in mediation, arbitral proceedings, also extending to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Canadian courts.

Jeff Childs

Jeff is a senior litigation and research lawyer with over 19 years of experience and practices in association with Scher Law.

Jeff has been involved in the research and drafting of materials in a variety of areas of law including commercial litigation, employment, privacy and health law, class actions, human rights and constitutional law.

Jeff has prepared briefs that have been relied upon at all levels of tribunal and court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Jeff received his law degree from Queen’s University and his Master of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Darrel Hotz
Darrel Hotz

Darrel graduated with a BA from York University in 1980 and obtained his law LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. He was called to the Bar in 1985. Darrel immediately wanted to work with clients whom he could help. He has worked with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and was part of the group to bring Mandela to visit Canada. He works tirelessly for justice. He has done a tremendous amount of Legal Aid and pro bono work in criminal defence and in family law.

Darrel was part of the group that helped reform Legal Aid and assisted in drafting procedures and policies. Darrel has also worked in litigation, on many class action files, including against Mister Transmission for charging estimate fees on completed repairs and Maple Leaf Foods where there was a Listeriosis outbreak, and on evacuation cases as a result of damages from an explosion, among other class actions.

Darrel is also a graduate of the Executive MBA program through the Rotman School of Management, which led him to travel to Seoul Korea to study. He has travelled extensively, mentored young lawyers and has expertise in a myriad of areas, including civil litigation, class actions, criminal law, corporate commercial, real estate and family law. He has assisted in developing charities that serve children in Canada by providing school supplies and clothing and continues to do this work on an ongoing basis.

Sakina Babwani
Sakina Babwani

Sakina is an associate in the Cross-Border and Business Litigation groups at Cambridge LLP.

Sakina is called to the Ontario Bar and to the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, India. Sakina holds an LL.M. with specialization in Business Law from UC Berkeley School of Law and she represents clients in all types of commercial litigation matters, including oppression remedy matters, breach of contract disputes and injunctions.

Sakina has represented clients at the Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal. With her fluency in English, Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati, Sakina is able to understand the needs of her clients, particularly South Asian clients, and find the most cost-effective solution for them.

Prior to being called to the Bar in India, Sakina worked as a business journalist for four years with India’s largest financial daily The Economic Times, extensively covering law and finance. She has written over 150 articles with a special focus on the analysis of the legal and financial system in India.

Joan Kasozi
Joan Kasozi

Joan is an associate with the Business litigation, estates and constitutional law litigation groups.

Joan was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. She holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. While at the University of Toronto faculty of law, Joan served as the Co-Chair of the Black Law Students Association and coordinated activities designed to improve access to Law Schools for students from low income households. Joan subsequently obtained an LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she specialized in Business, Banking, and ADR.