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 the Firm's Executive Committee. Celeste regularly appears before a variety of provincial courts, including the Court of Appeal, and has acted as counsel on numerous applications for leave to the SCC. She has worked on some of the most notable Canadian cases: 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, the Sixties Scoop, the "Purge" of LGBTQ persons from the military, 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 U of T Faculty of Law ReviewCanadian Class Actions Review, and Lawyers Weekly. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has lectured on class proceedings at Osgoode Hall Law School and the U of T Faculty of Law. She recently authored a chapter for the textbook Class Actions in Canada. Celeste was also a member of the LCO's Expert Advisory Panel respecting amendments to the Class Proceedings Act.
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