Shantona practices civil, commercial, and public litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Her experience spans a wide variety of areas, including civil and commercial litigation, class actions, administrative law, constitutional law, public inquiries, and national security law. Shantona has particular expertise in appellate litigation, having been counsel in over 40 appeals at the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2023, Shantona received the Advocates’ Society’s prestigious Douglas K. Laidlaw Award for Excellence in Advocacy. In 2022, she acted as co-Lead Counsel to the Public Order Emergency Commission (the Rouleau Commission), a public inquiry into the federal government’s first-ever use of the Emergencies Act.
Shantona is recognized as a leading litigator by major industry publications including Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers, Lexpert, Best Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation. Shantona was selected as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Appellate Practice in 2022 and is on Benchmark’s list of the “Top 100 Women in Litigation”.
The Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers notes that Shantona has been described as: “One or the strongest appellate and tribunal counsel in Canada” (2023); “A superlative advocate” (2022); “One of the best young civil appellate advocates in Canada” (2021); “A brilliant legal analyst” (2020); “Her performance earns her respect, as sources note that ‘the judges rave about her’” (2019); “An ‘outstanding’ litigator and a ‘force to be reckoned with’” (2018); “One of the smartest lawyers out there right now"; "A brilliant advocate” (2017).
Shantona is a leader in the legal community. She is a Director of the Advocates’ Society, and former co-Chair of its Appellate Advocacy Practice Group. In 2021, she was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
A former law clerk to the Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada, Shantona is the co-Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a national non-profit organization offering advocacy training to counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born and bred in Montréal, Shantona is bilingual (English/French) and is called to the Bar in both Ontario and Québec.
Before practicing law, Shantona trained as a Middle Temple Fox Scholar pupil barrister in London, interned at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, participated in the non-partisan Parliamentary Internship Programme, and worked in the music industry in Montréal. She obtained her B.C.L. from the University of Oxford; her B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University; and her M.A. and B.A. from Queen’s University.
Law Society of Upper Canada (2007)
Barreau du Québec (2007)
B.C.L., University of Oxford, 2009
B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2005
M.A. French Literature, Queen’s University, 2001
B.A. (Hons.) French Studies, Queen’s University, 2000
Chaudhury, B. Noga, C. Senese, "Rule 63: Stays Pending Appeal" in Noel Semple, ed., Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario (CanLII)
Chaudhury and A. W. MacDonald, "Balancing the Public Interest in Expression and the Right to Sue: How Much Protection Should Anti-SLAPP Laws Provide?" in Todd L. Archibald, ed., Annual Review of Civil Litigation, 2019 (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2019)
Chaudhury, “Effective Commercial Arbitration: An Interview with Robert Armstrong, Ian Binnie, and Stephen Goudge”, in M. Huberman (ed.), A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration, (2017: Irwin Law) 291.
Chaudhury, “The Supreme Court of Canada Recognizes the Need for Procedural Innovation in the Management of Multi-Jurisdictional Class Actions (And Beyond?)”, (2017) 6:1 Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review 5.
Chaudhury, “Causation in Law of Negligence: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going? Clements v Clements; Ediger v. Johnston” (2012) 40:2 Advocates’ Quarterly 257.*
*Cited in: Ketler v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General), 2015 NSSC 170
Chaudhury, “Settlement Privilege 101”, LSUC CPD – “What Civil Litigators Need to Know About Privilege” (April 28, 2015)
Chaudhury, “Hryniak v. Mauldin: The Supreme Court issues a clarion call for civil justice reform” (Adv. Journal Winter 2014)
Chaudhury & N. Rouleau, ‘The Eric v Lola case – equality rights and de facto relationships in Québec’, (Adv. J. Autumn 2013)
Chaudhury and P. Pape, “Damages in Waiver of Tort”, for presentation by P. Pape, LSUC CLE – The Law of Damages.**
**Cited in: Andersen v. St. Jude Medical, Inc., 2012 ONSC 3660
Chaudhury, “Disruptive Physician Behaviour and Hospital Liability in Tort: Rosenhek v. Windsor Regional Hospital”, for presentation by P. Pape, Canadian Bar Association Health Law Summit