A brilliant advocate.
One of the smartest lawyers out there right now.
An outstanding litigator and a force to be reckoned with.
Shantona represents both individual and institutional clients in civil and commercial litigation and has particular expertise in appeals. Her experience includes commercial disputes, class actions, torts, judicial review, professional discipline, professional negligence, administrative, constitutional, public international law, and national security law. Shantona has 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. She also represents clients before the Superior Court of Justice and administrative tribunals.
Shantona was selected as Best Lawyer’s 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Appellate Practice. In 2021, she was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Also in 2021, She is ranked in the Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers, the Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation. She is on Benchmark’s list of the “Top 50 Women in Litigation”. She was selected as a Lexpert ‘Rising Star’ in 2017, and included on Benchmark’s “Under 40 Hot List” in 2018 and 2019.
The Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers notes that Shantona has been described as: "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 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. She is a former law clerk to Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. Shantona is fluently bilingual (English/French) and was called to the Bar in both Ontario and Québec in 2007. She obtained her B.C.L. from Oxford; her B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill; and her M.A. & B.A. from Queen’s University.
Prior to starting practice, she clerked for Justice Ian Binnie, trained as a Middle Temple Fox Scholar pupil barrister in London, interned at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, interned at the Parliament of Canada, and worked in the music industry.
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
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)
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
The Advocates’ Society
Canadian Bar Association