Pape Chaudhury LLP is a Toronto based litigation boutique carrying on a varied civil litigation practice in a wide range of practice areas, including appellate advocacy, commercial litigation, negligence/torts, professional liability, class actions, and public law. The firm generally handles complicated or difficult matters, many of which are referred by other law firms. We have significant experience working with other lawyers whose clients need litigation counsel. We have argued over 150 appeals on behalf of both appellants and respondents. Our lawyers share a passion for the law and for solving the legal problems of a broad range of clients, including individuals, businesses, and institutions. We have a wealth of experience at all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.
Paul Pape: Paul has over 45 years of experience as both trial and appellate counsel and has acted in many cases of significance. Paul’s litigation practice focuses on complex commercial, securities, class action, professional negligence, and administrative matters, with special emphasis on appeals in these and other areas. Paul is a senior and leading member of the Ontario Bar. Chambers Canada 2016 reads: “Paul Pape is universally admired as a leading litigator in the province. “He is the best appellate lawyer in Ontario,” one client enthused, while another added: “His oral advocacy is supreme – when he speaks, the judge listens.” Chambers Canada 2017 reads: “Founding partner Paul Pape is renowned for his skills in appellate advocacy. He is described by sources as “a huge name” who is “legendary and very well respected.” Pape is widely acknowledged as “one of the go-to appeals lawyers in the city.” Chambers Canada 2018 reads: “The “excellent” Paul Pape boasts considerable expertise in contentious business matters and is especially well versed in appellate litigation across corporate, class action, securities and professional negligence disputes. Chambers Canada 2020 reads: “Sources describe Paul as a “pragmatic and thoughtful, results-oriented barrister”.” Chambers Canada 2021 reads: “Sources are quick to highlight Paul Pape as an “outstanding lawyer” whose “legal analysis is remarkable.” He possesses a formidable reputation as a commercial litigator which he has fashioned over decades of practice. He enjoys particular renown for his handling of appellate cases, and is recognised as a “first-rate appeals lawyer”.”
Shantona Chaudhury: Shantona has a broad civil, commercial, and public law practice, with particular expertise in appeals. Her practice includes commercial litigation, class actions, negligence, professional discipline, professional negligence, administrative, and constitutional law. She represents individuals, institutions, and businesses at all levels of court and administrative tribunals. She has been counsel in over 35 cases at the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Chambers Canada notes that: “Shantona Chaudhury attracts plaudits from commentators as ‘one of the best young civil appellate advocates in Canada’.” (2020); “Her performance earns her respect, as sources note that ‘the judges rave about her’.” (2019); “Peers describe her as an ‘outstanding’ litigator and a ‘force to be reckoned with’.” (2018); “One peer noted: ‘She is fantastic. She is one of the smartest lawyers out there right now.’ and Clients describe her as 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. She is a former law clerk to Justice Binnie. Shantona is called to the Bar in Ontario and Québec and is fluently bilingual (English/French).
Cristina Senese: Cristina maintains a broad civil and commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on appeals. Cristina brings a high-level of creativity, organization and efficiency to her files that has led to success at all levels of Court in Ontario, including the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Her experience includes complex commercial disputes, class proceedings, professional liability, civil procedure, negligence, and administrative law. Cristina joined Pape Chaudhury in 2018 after working at a prominent full-service Bay Street law firm where she ran the full gamut of practice areas. Cristina brings this diverse experience to her work at Pape Chaudhury.
Brodie Noga: Brodie maintains a general practice in civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on appeals. He has made multiple appearances before the Court of Appeal. Before joining Pape Chaudhury, Brodie clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Justice Clément Gascon. He obtained his law degree at McGill University where he received numerous academic distinctions including the Aimé Geoffrion Gold Medal. He was called to Bar in 2018.