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Partner

Linda R. Rothstein

B.A., LL.B.

Linda Rothstein is recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished litigators and advocates, with a practice spanning class actions and commercial litigation, professional regulation and administrative law, appeals, and more. In 2021, she was awarded the Advocates’ Society Medal – the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey to one of its members. She often works with other law firms to resolve internal disputes, and has acted as counsel on countless high-profile cases and public inquiries, including the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology. Linda is frequently engaged as a mediator and arbitrator in a range of disputes.

 

Linda has earned several other accolades throughout her career, and has been awarded the Toronto Lawyers Association Award of Distinction, and the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Civil Litigation. She has served in board and leadership roles at such professional organizations as the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The Law Society of Upper Canada, and The Advocates’ Society.

Education

  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1982

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow (2002 to Present)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers: Fellow (2012 to Present); Member of Board of Directors (2012 to 2018)
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow (2011 to Present)
  • Law Foundation of Ontario Board of Trustees: Chair (2016 to Present); Member (2014 to 2015)
  • Public Health Ontario Board of Directors: Acting Chair (June 2019 to November 2021); Vice-Chair (2017 to Present); Member (2014 to 2016)
  • Harold G. Fox Education Fund Board of Trustees: Member (2013 to Present)
  • The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History: Director (2015 to Present)
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada: Toronto Regional Bencher (2007 to 2015); Vice-Chair, Hearing Division, Law Society Tribunal (2013 to 2015); Co-Chair, Mentoring and Advisory Services Proposal Task Force (2014); Co-Chair, Tribunal Committee (2010 to 2011); Vice-Chair, Finance Committee (2010-2011); Vice-Chair, Appeal Panel (2011); Chair, Professional Regulation Committee (2008 to 2010)
  • The Advocates' Society: President (2005 to 2006); First Vice-President (2004 to 2005); Treasurer (2003 to 2004); Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Collegiality, Mentoring Membership (2003 to 2004); Board of Directors (1998 to 2003); Vice-Chair, Education Committee (2000 to 2002); Chair, Professional Conduct Committee (1998 to 1999); Faculty Member, The Advocates' Society Institute, Faculty Training Program (1993 to 1998)
  • Law Society Compensation Fund: Referee (Adjudicator) (1994 to 2000)
  • Intensive Trial Advocacy Course, Osgoode Hall Law School: Instructor and Team Leader (for practicing lawyers) (1988 to 2001)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School: Lecturer and Instructor in Trial Advocacy (for law students) (1989 to 1994)
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course in Civil Litigation and Trial Advocacy: Instructor (for bar admission students) (1987 to 1990)

Awards and Honours

  • Benchmark Litigation - Top 100 Women in Canadian Litigation, Litigation Star - 2022
  • The Advocates' Society - The Advocates' Society Medal - 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation - Top 50 Women in Litigation
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada - Since 2015
  • Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star, Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada
  • Chambers Global - Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Canada, Litigation: Administrative & Public Law, Dispute Resolution: Class Actions (Plaintiff)
  • Chambers Canada - Litigation: Administrative & Public Law - Ontario
  • Legal 500 Canada - Leading Lawyer - Dispute Resolution
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Most Frequently Recommended - Employee Law - Employee, Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Regulatory & Public Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Consistently Recommended - Class Actions
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Repeatedly Recommended - Workplace Human Rights - Employer
  • Who's Who Legal Canada - Thought Leader, Recommended Global Leader and Recommended National Leader in Litigation
  • Best Lawyers - Administrative and Public Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Class Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Labour and Employment Law
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers
  • Ontario Bar Association - Award of Excellence in Civil Litigation - 2018
  • Globe and Mail's Lexpert/Report on Business Magazine - Leading Litigation Lawyer - 2015, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in Canada - Lawyer of the Year - Labour and Employment Law - 2014, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Canada - Lawyer of the Year - Administrative and Public Law - 2012, 2013, 2016
  • University of Toronto - Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2014
  • Lexpert Zenith Award - 2013
  • University of Calgary - Milvain Lecturer on Advocacy - 2010
  • Toronto Lawyers' Association - Award of Distinction - 2008
  • Law Society of Ontario - Law Society Medal - 2005

Representative Work

Linda has a diverse practice, encompassing many areas of civil and administrative litigation, with particular expertise in class actions, commercial litigation, professional liability, public law and appeals.

  • Lead counsel to the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review – 2015 to 2016
  • Commission Counsel to the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario (the Goudge Inquiry) – 2007 to 2008

  • Lead counsel for the City of Toronto in the Computer Leasing Inquiry – 2002 to 2005

Publications

  • Co-author – Lawyers’ Professional Liability, 3rd ed. – LexisNexis Canada – 2013 (with S. Grant and S. Campbell)

  • Co-chair – Modern Law of Damages – Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures – April 2005

  • Balancing Probabilities: The Overlooked Complexity of the Civil Standard of Proof – Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures – April 2003

  • Co-author –  Disposition without Trial: A Review of the Application of Ontario’s Rule 20 and 21 – National Annual Review on Civil Litigation 2001, M.G. Cochrane and Justice T. Archibald, eds. (Carswell, 2001), pp. 69-81 (with Megan Shortreed)

  • Co-authored – Professional Liability(ch. 9) – in D. Lundy, G. MacKenzie and M. Newbury, Barristers & Solicitors in Practice Butterworths – 1998 (with S. Grant)

Presentations

  • Co-chair – Modern Law of Damages – Law Society of Upper Canada Special  Lectures – April 2005

  • Balancing Probabilities: The Overlooked Complexity of the Civil Standard of Proof – Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures –  April 2003