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Rahat Godil

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Rahat represents leading national and international companies in multi-million dollar complex arbitrations and court disputes. Some representative matters in which Rahat has acted include:

  • Counsel for certain defendants in an ongoing class action relating to business interruption insurance claims in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Counsel for the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators before the Supreme Court of Canada in Uber v. Heller, an appeal involving issues relating to arbitration and class actions

  • Counsel for an international mining and natural resources company in multiple International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations involving disputes relating to purchase and sale agreements

  • Counsel for an international telecommunications company in an International Centre for Dispute Resolution arbitration involving a dispute arising out of an acquisition transaction

  • Counsel for a leading insurance company in a high-stakes reinsurance arbitration

  • Counsel for a US-based steel tubing company in an American Arbitration Association arbitration involving a dispute relating to a license agreement

  • Counsel for leading Canadian companies in the energy, telecommunications and the food and beverage industries in a number of complex domestic ad hoc arbitrations

  • Counsel for The Bank of Nova Scotia in a class action relating to benchmarks in the gold and silver markets

  • Counsel for Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company in a proposed class action and jurisdiction motion relating to a statutory accident benefits dispute

  • Counsel for manufacturers of various consumer products, including in the food, drugs and automotive industries, in class actions commenced across Canada

  • Counsel for financial institutions in multimillion-dollar disputes involving contract and tort claims

  • Counsel for a pharmaceutical company in a dispute involving contract and tort claims and appeal of a jurisdiction motion

  • Counsel for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in a wide range of disputes, including a C$1.8-billion joint venture dispute involving the Wabush Mine in Labrador</p

  • Counsel for RR Donnelly in a multi-party dispute involving printing and insertion services

  • Counsel for the Insurance Bureau of Canada in constitutional challenges in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick brought by individuals seeking to have declared unconstitutional provincial legislation limiting claims for pain and suffering for minor injuries

  • Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada involving the intersection of right to freedom of religion and fair trial rights

Awards & Recognition

Rahat is recognized in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2021-2022 (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Commercial Arbitration - Repeatedly Recommended)

  • Lexpert Rising Star, Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40 - 2018

Professional Activities

Rahat is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She taught an International Commercial Arbitration Course as part of Osgoode’s International Business Law Program and regularly speaks on arbitration topics and issues. Rahat is on the executive committee for the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, a director of The Citizens Foundation Canada and a past director of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto.

In addition, Rahat is a member The Advocates' Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

Rahat is committed to pro bono work and has volunteered with Pro Bono Law Ontario's court projects as well as provided pro bono advice and representation to organizations like the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Dignitas International and The Equality Effect. Rahat is also a champion for diversity and inclusion and has taken a leadership role in a number of Blakes’ diversity initiatives.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Accelerating Change: Dealing with our Blind Spots in Dispute Resolution
    International Centre for Dispute Resolution Panel, September 20, 2021.
  • Speaker: ADR Clauses in Shareholder Agreements: Managing Risk and Relationship
    Ontario Bar Association Webcast, June 15, 2021.
  • Speaker: Analysis of the Case Law: The Lay of the Land Post Uber & Vavilov
    Arbitration Updates for Civil Litigators 2021, Law Society of Ontario Webinar, May 25, 2021.
  • Speaker: Trends and Developments in Arbitration
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, April 7, 2021.
  • Speaker: International Women’s Day Panel Event
    Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association, March 8, 2021.
  • Speaker: Exploring Covid-19 as a Women’s Issue
    South Asian Bar Association Webinar, November 30, 2020.
  • Speaker: The Supreme Court’s Expansion of the Unconscionability Doctrine: What to Expect Post-Uber
    Business Law Section-South Webinar, The Canadian Bar Association, October 29, 2020.
  • Speaker: The 5 W’s (and H) of the Arbitration Process
    Arbitration Advocacy Webinar, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, September 24, 2020.
  • Speaker: Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector
    International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, 2019 CPR Canada Conference, Calgary, Alberta, October 17, 2019.
  • Speaker: Analysis of the Case Law Relating to Interpretation and Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements: A Panel Discussion Arbitration: An Update for Civil Litigators
    Law Society of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2019.
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2007
J.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Law - 2006
B.B.A., University of Toronto - 2002
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