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A brilliant advocate.

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One of the smartest lawyers out there right now.

Chambers Canada

An outstanding litigator and a force to be reckoned with.

Chambers Canada

Reputation earned.

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 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. In 2023, Shantona received the Advocates’ Society’s prestigious Douglas K. Laidlaw Award for Excellence in Advocacy.  Also in 2023, Shantona was appointed Lead Counsel for the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions. 

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.

Bar Admissions
  • 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


Shantona Chaudhury

  • 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



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Recognition & Awards
  • Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers (since 2017)

  • Lexpert (since 2018)

  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice (2022, listed since 2017)

  • Benchmark Top 50 Women in Litigation in Canada (2021)

  • Benchmark Canada - Litigation Star (since 2020); Future Star (2014-2019)

  • Benchmark Litigation "Under 40 Hot List" (2018)

  • Canadian Lexpert Directory – Corporate Commercial, Class Actions (2018-present)

  • Lexpert Rising Star – Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2017)

  • Precedent Setter, Precedent Magazine (2013)

Professional Associations
  • The Advocates’ Society

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association

  • Association de juristes d’expression française

  • Litigation Counsel of America (fellow)

Presentations & Appearances
  • Shantona was a panelist at "The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella: A Life of Firsts" Conference, co-hosted by the U. of Ottawa, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Human Rights Research and Education Centre and The Advocates' Society on May 12, 2022

  • Shantona co-chaired The Advocates' Society Spring Symposium on April 27, 2022

  • Shantona was a Mix and Mingle Mentor at the Toronto Lawyers Association Appellate Advocacy Bootcamp, co-taught by Justice David Brown and Justice Grant Huscroft on April 13, 2022

  • Shantona was a presenter at the Law Society of Ontario's Practice Gems for Litigators: Appellate Advocacy program on March 10, 2022

  • Shantona co-chaired The Advocates' Society 2021-2022 Appellate Advocacy Practice Group

  • Shantona co-chaired the Law Society of Ontario's Civil Appeals: The Year in Review with Justice Kathryn Feldman and Alison Warner on December 7, 2021

  • Shantona co-chaired Osgoode Hall Law School's The Principle of Good Faith in Contracts with Brandon Kain on September 23, 2021

  • Shantona was a panelist at the 41st AJEFO Congress on June 22, 2021 

  • Shantona presented at The Advocates' Society's Virtual Body Language for Litigators on May 11, 2021

  • Shantona co-chaired the Law Society of Ontario's Civil Appeals: The Year in Review with Justice Kathryn Feldman and Alison Warner on December 8, 2020

  • Shantona was a presenter at the Advocates' Society and The American College of Trial Lawyers' Spring Symposium on April 29, 2020 

  • Shantona co-chaired the Advocates' Society CPD "It's Not Just What You Say: Winning Body Language for Litigators" with Robert B. Bell on October 30, 2019

  • Shantona was a panelist for "Are Canadian Institutions Fit for Purpose? The Evolution of Canada's Federal Institutions over the Past 50 Years" as part of a symposium celebrating 50 years of the Parliamentary Internship Program on May 10, 2019

  • Shantona taught at the 22nd Annual Course on Written Advocacy by the Advocates’ Society on October 26, 2018

  • Shantona co-chaired the Advocates’ Society education program on Appellate Advocacy with Bryan Finlay, Q.C. on October 25, 2018

  • Shantona co-chaired Civil Appeals: The Year in Review with Justice Feldman on December 12, 2017

  • Shantona had been selected as a Lexpert Rising Star, Leading Lawyers under 40 in 2017

  • Shantona is ranked as an “Up and Coming Individual” in the Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers

Professional Activities
  • The Advocates’ Society

  • Canadian Bar Association

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