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Rahat Godil

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The arbitrations Rahat has acted on are strictly confidential but include representing leading national and international companies on multi-million dollar complex commercial disputes. Some recent cases on public record where Rahat has acted include:

  • Counsel to Bell Canada in the appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the disposition of funds in the deferral accounts established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

  • Counsel to Bank of Nova Scotia in a C$3.5-million dispute involving contract, tort and conversion claims

  • Counsel to Cliffs Natural Resources in a wide range of contractual disputes, including a C$1.8-billion joint venture dispute involving the Wabush Mine in Labrador

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

  • Counsel to Nestlé Canada Inc. in a proposed national class action involving pet food

  • Counsel to 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 to 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

  • Counsel to Mueller Co. in a C$10-million environmental assessment and remediation dispute involving the lease of a large industrial site in Milton, Ontario

  • Counsel to Sealed Air Corporation in a complex environmental dispute involving migration of contaminants between neighboring commercial properties

  • Member of the team of counsel for Merck & Co. and Merck Frosst with respect to the Vioxx class actions

Awards & Recognition

Rahat is recognized in the following publications:

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

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

Professional Activities

Rahat is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is on the executive committee for the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society 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 various 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.

Professional Appearances
  • 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.
  • Co-chair: Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society’s Annual Conference
    Toronto, Ontario, May 24, 2018.
  • Moderator and Panellist: In-House Counsel Perspectives on Arbitration
    TCAS 2018 Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, May 24, 2018.
  • Speaker: Class Action Exposure, Managing Litigation Risk in Foreign Acquisitions: What Every Buyer Should Know
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 7, 2018.
  • Speaker: International Commercial Arbitration
    21st Annual Business and Law Conference, Beyond Borders: Implications of International Business and Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, February 9, 2018
  • Facilitator: Planning Past Unconscious Bias in Arbitration
    Arbitral Women, Arbitration Place, Toronto, Ontario, February 5, 2018.
  • Speaker: Class-Action Climate in Canada: Recent Developments and Growing Trends
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, December 13, 2017.
  • Speaker: Dealing with Unconscious Bias in Arbitration
    Arbitral Women, Arbitration Place, Toronto, Ontario, December 5, 2017.
  • Speaker: The Art of Arbitration: Role of In-House Counsel
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 21, 2017.
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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