Paul J. Pape
Paul’s litigation practice focuses on complex commercial, securities, class action, professional negligence, and administrative matters, with special emphasis on appeals in these and other areas.
Paul has over 45 years of experience as both trial and appellate counsel and has acted in many cases of significance. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, regularly listed in the Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada and is recommended in Chambers’ Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. Paul is also listed in Lexpert’s top 100 creative lawyers in Canada, and is a recipient of a Lexpert Zenith Award. He is an honourary member of The Commercial Bar of England (COMBAR), past chair of the Civil Litigation section of the Ontario Bar Association, and a member of the Holland Access to Justice in Medical Malpractice Group. Paul was an instructor at the Bar Admission Course in civil litigation for many years, and holds a Master of Laws from London University, England. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1971.
Benchmark Litigation has ranked Paul Pape as one of the “Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada” and a “Litigation Star”.
Chambers Canada 2015 reads: “Paul Pape is universally admired as a leading litigator in the province. “He is the best appellate lawyer in Ontario,” one client enthused, while another added: “His oral advocacy is supreme – when he speaks, the judge listens.”
Chambers Canada 2016 reads: “Founding partner Paul Pape is renowned for his skills in appellate advocacy. He is described by sources as “a huge name” who is “legendary and very well respected.” Pape is widely acknowledged as “one of the go-to appeals lawyers in the city.”
David S. Steinberg, Partner
David is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with particular expertise in corporate, commercial, and real estate litigation.
He acts for private and family businesses, entrepreneurs, professional service providers, shareholders, directors, and other individuals, as well as for large institutional clients.
David is highly regarded by colleagues and clients as a practical yet passionate advocate, an able listener, and a strategic problem-solver. Always prepared, focused, and candid, David is committed to getting impactful results for clients in the most cost effective way.
David graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculties of Law and Management in 1994 with a combined Law-MBA degree, and was called to the bar in 1996. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law where he taught Advanced Civil Procedure. He is currently a member of the Advocates’ Society.
A sampling of representative cases:
- Acted for partner in professional partnership where majority relied on forfeiture clause in partnership agreement to reduce price payable on mandatory buy-out.
- Defended former corporate director and officer alleged to have breached fiduciary duties.
- Acted for minority shareholder wrongfully excluded from management of private business.
- Defended real estate developers in cost-sharing agreement dispute.
- Acted for real estate developer in joint venture dispute.
- Defended real estate brokerage in contractual dispute with former client concerning assumption of marketing and advertising expenses for real estate development project.
- Acted for senior employee seeking full payment of restricted share units under employee compensation plan.
- Defended employer against wrongful dismissal suit brought by former executive.
- Acted for investors defrauded by majority shareholders in closely held corporation.
- Defended automobile leasing business against provincial regulator’s attempt to suspend license.
- Acted for investment dealer against competitor and former investment advisors for wrongful solicitation of clients.
- Defended lawyer against allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Acted for dentist in connection with professional partnership dissolution and assessment of fair market value of partnership assets.
- Acted for husband and wife wrongfully denied shares in family business by husband’s father.
- Acted for family where young girl severely injured through negligence of swimming pool supplier.
- Acted for purchaser of residential real estate against negligent real estate agent.
- Acted for employee in wrongful dismissal action against employer.
Shantona Chaudhury, Partner
Shantona practices civil and commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on appeals. She has experience in a wide range of practice areas, including tort, class actions, judicial review, commercial disputes, civil procedure, professional discipline, administrative, and constitutional law. She has been counsel in over 25 cases at the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court, and has successfully argued at the Supreme Court of Canada. Shantona also represents clients before the Superior Court of Justice and administrative tribunals.
Since joining Pape Barristers in 2009, Shantona has garnered a number of professional accolades.
In 2017, she was named a ‘Lexpert Rising Star’, an award honouring Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.
Shantona is ranked as an ‘Up and Coming Individual’ in the Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers, which describes her as follows:
“Rising star Shantona Chaudhury is making a name for herself in the Ontario litigation market. Peers describe her as an “outstanding” litigator and a “force to be reckoned with”. (2018 edition)
“One peer noted: “She is fantastic. She is one of the smartest lawyers out there right now. Her written work is outstanding.” Clients describe her as a “brilliant advocate.” (2017 edition)
Shantona is also named in the Guide to the Best Lawyers in Canada and is ranked as a ‘Litgation Future Star’ by Benchmark Canada. Shantona was recognized with a ‘Precedent Setter’ award by Precedent Magazine in 2013.
Shantona represents both individual and institutional clients, and is frequently retained by fellow lawyers on especially difficult or complex cases.
Shantona has developed particular expertise in Supreme Court of Canada matters. She is the co-Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a national non-profit organization offering advocacy training to counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also case screener for Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Supreme Court Leave to Appeal Assistance Project.
Shantona is often asked to speak at conferences and guest-lecture at universities on topics ranging from advocacy to ethics to substantive law. Her academic writing has been quoted with approval in several judicial decisions. She also acts a judge for the annual Laskin Moot in constitutional and administrative law.
Prior to starting practice, Shantona clerked for Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada, trained as a Fox Scholar pupil barrister in England, and obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Oxford. Her early experience also includes internships at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at the Parliament of Canada.
Shantona is fluently bilingual and was called to the bars of both Ontario and Québec in 2007. She holds a B.C.L. (Oxon.), a B.C.L./LL.B (McGill), a B.A.(Hons.) in French Studies and an M.A. in 18th century French Literature (Queen’s).
Reported decisions include:
Mancinelli v. Barrick Gold Corp.,  O.J. No. 3839
Parsons v. Ontario, 2015 ONCA 158 (appeal on reserve at the Supreme Court of Canada)
Law Society of Upper Canada v. DeMerchant, 2015 ONLSTA 6
Waldman v. Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, 2015 ONCA 53
Mandeville v. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, 2014 ONCA 417
Good v. Toronto (City) Police Services Board,  O.J. No. 4218
Deering v. Scugog (Township), 2012 ONCA 386
Bre-X Minerals Ltd. (Trustee of) v. Felderhof,  O.J. No. 6148
Kusnierz v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company, 2011 ONCA 823
MacGregor v Potts, 2012 ONCA 226
Suwary v. Women’s College Hospital, 2011 ONCA 676
Carom v. Bre-X Minerals Ltd., 2011 ONCA 392
Degennaro v. Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, 2011 ONCA 319
Rosenhek v. Windsor Regional Hospital, 2010 ONCA 13
Trajkovich v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2009 ONCA 898
S. Chaudhury, A. Warner, L. Jackson, “Civil Appeals: The Year in Review – Rapid Fire”, LSUC CPD, “Civil Appeals – The Year in Review”, 2015.
S. Chaudhury, “Settlement Privilege 101”, LSUC CPD – “What Civil Litigators Need to Know About Privilege”, 2015.
S. Chaudhury, “Hryniak v. Mauldin: The Supreme Court issues a clarion call for civil justice reform“, Advocates’ Journal, Winter 2014.
S. Chaudhury and N. Rouleau, “When equality, autonomy, autonomy and politics collide: unpacking Eric v. Lola“, Advocates’ Journal, Autumn 2013.
S. Chaudhury, “Causation in Law of Negligence: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going? Clements v Clements; Ediger v. Johnston” (2012) 40:2 Advocates’ Quarterly 257.
S. Chaudhury and P. Pape, “Damages in Waiver of Tort”, Law Society of Upper Canada CPD: The Law of Damages, March 2012.
S. Chaudhury, “Disruptive Physician Behaviour and Hospital Liability in Tort: Rosenhek v. Windsor Regional Hospital”, Canadian Bar Association Health Law Summit, May 2011.