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Canada Guide 2023

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Provided by Sonia Bjorkquist

Canada

Professional Memberships

The Advocates’ Society, Past President

International Association of Defence Counsel (IADC), Member, 2019 Trial Academy Faculty

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Member

Defence Research Institute (DRI) Member

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS) Member, former Executive Committee member

Member of Canadian, American and International Bar Associations

Toronto Lawyers Association Member

Publications

The Oppression Remedy, loose-leaf text

New Frontiers: The Oversight Role of Courts in Common Law Canada, Colloque National sur l’action Collective, Barreau du Quebec, 2017

Personal

Queen’s University, LL.B.

Practice Areas

Sonia is Chair of Osler’s National Litigation Department and Past President of the Advocates’ Society. Sonia has extensive experience defending companies in class actions, commercial arbitration and other complex litigation, and advises clients on managing risks and cross-border issues in multi-jurisdictional cases. She defends complex product liability claims across many industry sectors. She litigates business-critical issues related to commercial agreements, construction/infrastructure contracts, directors' duties and shareholder remedies. Sonia is a key contact for Osler’s Class Action Defence Group.

Career

Prior to joining Osler as a lawyer, Sonia clerked for the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Chambers Review

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Litigation: Product Liability - Nationwide - Canada
3
Band 3

Sonia Bjorkquist has a wide disputes practice based in Toronto, particularly with regard to product liability litigation. Her clients include manufacturers and medical device companies.


Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence) - Nationwide - Canada
4
Band 4

Sonia Bjorkquist has notable experience representing clients from an array of major industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas and tobacco, in high-profile product liability class actions, with further experience advising on price-fixing disputes. She chairs the firm's national litigation group from her Toronto base.


Litigation: General Commercial - Ontario
4
Band 4

National litigation department chair Sonia Bjorkquist is a well-respected practitioner with notable experience handling product liability class actions. She represents her clients from the firm's Toronto office.
"She is very good at providing practical and commercially minded advice."

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