Celeste Poltak
Celeste Poltak
Partner at Koskie Minsky LLP
(416) 595-2701
(416) 204-2909
20 Queen St W, Suite 900, Box 52, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2000 (AB); 2002 (ON)
Partner, former head of the Class Actions Department, and former member of Koskie Minsky LLP Executive Committee. Celeste regularly appears before a variety of courts throughout the province, including the Court of Appeal, and has acted as counsel on numerous applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada. She has worked on some of the most notable Canadian cases, including Pearson v. IncoCloud v. CanadaDolmage v. OntarioMillwrights v. Celestica Inc., and Bayens v. Kinross. Her practice has also involved negotiations with the Federal Government regarding the Indian Residential Schools litigation, including the court approvals of that pan-Canadian settlement agreement, in addition to acting as counsel at common issues trials such as Anderson v. CanadaRuffolo v. Sun Life Assurance, and Smith v. Inco. Celeste has been published in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, Canadian Class Actions Review, and Lawyers Weekly, and has spoken at, and written papers for, conferences such as the Osgoode Hall National Symposium on Class Actions, the OBA, and Trial Lawyers’ Association. She has also lectured on class proceedings at Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and recently authored a chapter for the textbook Class Actions in Canada.
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