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.
Shantona Chaudhury: Shantona represents both individual and institutional clients in civil and commercial litigation, and has particular expertise in appeals. Her experience includes commercial disputes, negligence, class actions, judicial review, civil procedure, professional liability, administrative, and constitutional law. She has been counsel in over 25 cases at the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court, and has successfully argued at the Supreme Court of Canada. Shantona also represents clients before the Superior Court of Justice and administrative tribunals. The Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers describes Shantona as follows: “Shantona Chaudhury has a rising profile in the legal community. She is increasingly active on litigation files in a range of areas, including commercial, administrative and constitutional disputes. Her performance earns her respect, as sources note that ‘the judges rave about her.’” (2019 edition) “Rising star Shantona Chaudhury is making a name for herself in the Ontario litigation market. Peers describe her as an “outstanding” litigator and a “force to be reckoned with”. (2018 edition) “One peer noted: “She is fantastic. She is one of the smartest lawyers out there right now. Her written work is outstanding.” Clients describe her as a “brilliant advocate.” (2017 edition) 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. Prior to starting practice, Shantona trained as a Middle Temple Fox Scholar pupil barrister in England, interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and interned at the Parliament of Canada. She is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Cristina Senese: Cristina maintains a general civil and commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on appeals. She has experience solving complex client problems creatively and efficiently at both trial and appellate levels. Cristina joined Pape Chaudhury in 2018 after working at a prominent Bay Street law firm. While at law school Cristina was an active member of the school community; she volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and played on Windsor Law’s intramural soccer team. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017.
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 Medal for second highest GPA upon graduation. He was called to Bar in 2018.