Pape Barristers Professional Corporation is a Toronto based litigation “boutique” carrying on a varied civil litigation practice. Our focus is in appeals, as well as the areas of commercial, real property and administrative litigation, including shareholder, joint venture, and partnership disputes, real property development matters, contract disputes, insolvency, and planning and assessment matters. We have the experience and the ability to bring on proceedings in an expedited manner for interlocutory injunctions and for applications, both in the Commercial Court, and elsewhere. The firm generally handles complicated or difficult matters that are often referred to it by other law firms. We have significant experience and expertise in appellate court advocacy. The firm’s client base is both entrepreneurial and institutional.
Paul J. Pape: 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 has over 45 years of experience as both trial and appellate counsel and has acted in many cases of significance. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, regularly listed in The Lexpert®/ALM Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada and is recommended in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. Paul is also listed as one of Lexpert®’s top 100 creative lawyers in Canada, and is a recipient of a Lexpert Zenith Award. He is an honourary member of The Commercial Bar of England (COMBAR), past chair of the Civil Litigation section of the Ontario Bar Association, and a member of the Holland Access to Justice in Medical Malpractice Group. Paul was an instructor at the Bar Admission Course in civil litigation for many years, and holds a Master of Laws from London University, England. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1971.
Benchmark Litigation has ranked Paul Pape as one of the “Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada” and a “Litigation Star”.
Chambers Canada 2016 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.’”
David S. Steinberg: David is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with particular expertise in corporate, commercial, and real estate litigation. He acts for private and family businesses, entrepreneurs, professional service providers, shareholders, families and individuals as well as for large institutional clients. David is highly regarded by colleagues and clients as a practical yet passionate advocate, an able listener, and a strategic problem-solver. Always prepared, focused, and candid, David is committed to getting impactful results for clients in the most cost effective way. David graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculties of Law and Management in 1994 with a combined Law-MBA degree. He now serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law where he teaches Advanced Civil Procedure. David is also a member of The Advocates’ Society. David was called to the Bar in 1996.
Shantona Chaudhury: Shantona practises civil and commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on appeals. She has experience in a wide range of practice areas, including tort, class actions, judicial review, commercial disputes, civil procedure, professional discipline, 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.
Since joining Pape Barristers in 2009, Shantona has garnered a number of professional accolades. In 2017, she was named Lexpert Rising Star, an award honouring Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. Shantona is ranked as an ‘Up and Coming Individual’ in the Chambers Canada leading lawyers guide, which describes her as follows:
“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)
Shantona is fluently bilingual and was called to the Bars of both Ontario and Québec in 2007. She holds a BCL (Oxon.), a BCL/LLB (McGill), a BA(Hons.) in French Studies and an MA in 18th century French Literature (Queen’s).
Justin H. Nasseri: Justin has a general litigation practice, with an emphasis on civil appeals, commercial litigation, and medical negligence cases. He also frequently advises clients about liability and risk management issues. Justin has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and several tribunals including the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. He has experience arguing appeals and motions and has also appeared as counsel in discipline hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. He has acted for a variety of clients including corporations, unincorporated associations, physicians, accountants, and engineers, as well as pro bono clients in criminal matters. Justin is widely published on litigation topics including contract law, criminal and civil procedure, and injunctive relief. He serves on the executive committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section, where he helps organize legal education programs and is involved in advocating for policy reforms that benefit members of the bar. Before joining Pape Barristers in October 2015, Justin litigated at a leading national law firm, where he gained experience in complex commercial matters and medical negligence cases. Justin received his JD from the University of Toronto in 2012, where he served as Vice-President Academic, and was awarded the John Atkinson Prize for academic achievement in litigation related courses, the Gordon Cressy Award for outstanding service to the law school, and the Nathan Strauss QC essay prize in legal ethics. In 2011, Justin and his teammate won the National Client Counselling Competition, and were semi-finalists at the International Client Consultation Competition in the Netherlands. Justin received his BA in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honours from the University of Alberta in 2009. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.
Evan Rankin: Evan’s practice includes civil appeals, commercial disputes and regulatory litigation. He also has significant experience in securities regulation. He has successfully appeared before the Ontario Securities Commission, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and the Superior Court of Justice on a wide array of matters.
Before joining Pape Barristers in 2017, Evan articled at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission, giving him special insight into a complex and growing area of litigation. He successfully argued two cases before the Commission and appeared in several others. He has since advised clients on the potential impact of securities laws to their businesses.
Evan received his JD from the University of Toronto in 2016. During his tenure at the Faculty of Law, he served as the Vice President, Student Affairs and Governance, and received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. He also received 1st place in the inaugural Out on Bay Street Moot and coached the University of Toronto’s team to 2nd place the following year. In his final year at the Faculty of Law, Evan competed in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and received 3rd place nationally for his team’s factum.
Evan also holds a BA with Distinction in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto.
Rebecca Glass: Rebecca maintains a broad litigation practice, which includes acting in professional liability matters, civil appeals, corporate and commercial disputes, and employment matters. She has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario, and before numerous administrative tribunals and arbitrators.
Prior to joining Pape Barristers in January 2018, Rebecca practised civil litigation and labour law for several years at a boutique firm. She gained experience in lawyer defence matters as LawPRO preferred counsel, advocated for trade unions in a wide variety of labour relations disputes, individual employees in wrongful dismissal and human rights matters, and for plaintiffs in police accountability cases.
Before her call to the Bar, Rebecca worked as a caseworker in the Immigration and Refugee division of Parkdale Community Legal Services. Rebecca also served as a research intern at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, where she contributed to a Canadian Institute of Health Research group research grant and published a paper on law reform matters. During law school, she worked as a research assistant for Trandjaja v Canada (AG), a Charter challenge on the right to adequate and affordable housing.
Rebecca holds a BA with First Class Honours in Anthropology and International Development from McGill University, and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015.