2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Shantona Chaudhury, Pape Barristers Professional Corporation

Shantona Chaudhury is a partner at Pape Barristers. In less than eight years, she has appeared in 30 reported cases (including 23 at the Ontario Court of Appeal and one at the Supreme Court of Canada). She is Co-Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a national non-profit providing pro bono advocacy training to counsel appearing before the SCC through moot sessions with a panel of distinguished advocates. Chaudhury is also actively involved in Pro Bono Ontario: participating in Law Help Ontario; as amicus curiae for civil motions at the ONCA, SCC Leave to Appeal Assistance Program. Pape Barristers is a counsel practice and thus visibility before the profession is critical. To this end, Chaudhury puts enormous effort into speaking and publishing. She speaks at half a dozen CLEs or more each year and is a judge at the Laskin Moot.

Michael Crichton, Gowling WLG

Michael Crichton is a partner in Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP and the Canadian leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation & Strategy Group. His domestic and international clients consist of companies engaged in a wide range of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software, manufacturing/fabrication, communications and related technologies. He has taught IP litigation and patent law as a volunteer Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa since 2009, and is a member of the Court Practice Committee for the CBA. Crichton chairs the Ottawa chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), organizing local educational and networking events. He is also an executive member for LES’s Young Members Congress (mentorship Co-chair). Annually, Crichton is Gowling WLG’s motionball (Special Olympics) team leader. He is also a long-time Director for the National Capital Division Freestyle Ski Association and is a volunteer coach for the Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club.

David Cuschieri, Torys LLP

David Cuschieri is a partner at Torys LLP. He practises corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on both domestic and international energy, oil and gas, power and related infrastructure transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, partnerships and project development. His recent notable work includes representing Burgess Energy in its $397-million (in aggregate) acquisitions of bitumen royalty interests in the thermal oil sands assets of Athabasca Oil Corp. Cuschieri plays a significant role at Torys in the day-to-day mentoring of associates and students. He was the principal mentor to two articling students, and created and implemented a new and unique context-based continuing legal education program for the Calgary office of Torys, a program he continues to develop and manage.

Antonio Di Domenico, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Antonio Di Domenico advises on all aspects of competition law, including mergers, cartel investigations, class actions, advertising/marketing practices and abuse of dominance. Di Domenico has extensive trial and appellate experience and has appeared as counsel before Canada’s Competition Tribunal, all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2014 to 2016, Di Domenico served a special appointment as counsel to Canada’s Commissioner of Competition. He is Vice Chair of York University’s alumni board and chairs its awards committee. He is a past Director of Osgoode Hall’s alumni board and a former Chair of its mentorship program. Di Domenico served as pro bono counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, successfully representing the CCLA before the SCC in Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44, which granted Insite, a safe injection site, a constitutional exemption to operate free from federal drug laws.

Patrick G. Duffy, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Patrick Duffy is a partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP with a project development practice that includes environmental permitting and litigation, energy regulation and Aboriginal engagement. Among his cases, he was appeal counsel to the Ontario Energy Board in Ontario (Energy Board) v. Ontario Power Generation Inc., 2015 SCC 44, a precedent-setting case that dealt with the intersection of public-utility regulation and labour relations. He was a member of the Executive of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association from 2014 to 2017, and responsible for organizing the section’s annual OBA Institute programs for 2015 and 2016. He has served on the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law External Advisory Board to the Dean since 2015; and has been a judge for Canada’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot since 2003. He contributes to the firm’s recruitment efforts and has been a formal and informal mentor to Stikeman Elliott associates.