Paola Ramirez maintains a diverse civil and commercial litigation practice with a focus on intellectual property. Representing businesses in a range of industries, Paola has gained significant expertise assisting clients in the oil and gas, retail and cannabis sectors. She has acted as lead litigation counsel before the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court and Ontario small claims court.
Over her legal studies, Paola provided pro-bono legal services. She also served as an intern at the civil division of Michigan’s Attorney General and the Detroit Public Defender’s Office. Paola continues to volunteer as duty counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario.
Rankings & Recognition
- University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Dean’s list
- University of Detroit Mercy Faculty of Law, Dean’s list
- Zuber Moot – Top Finalist
- Duty Counsel, Pro Bono Law Ontario
Directorships & Affiliations
- The Advocates’ Society
- Law Society of Ontario
- Ontario Bar Association
Education & Admissions
- “Franchising in Canada: 2022 Year in Review,” (January 2023)
- “UNITED STATES: All I Want for Christmas Is a Trademark,” INTA (December 21, 2022)
- “Intellectual Property 2021 Year in Review” (January 2022)
- “Watch As That Construction Trust is Swept Away“, Construction Law Letter (January 2022)
- “The Balancing of Privacy Rights and The Open Court Principle: Disclosure of Private Information in Litigation,” Canadian Privacy Law Review, Vol 18, No. 10 (September 2021)
- “More than freedom of expression: The Supreme Court of Canada weighs in with Pointes and Platnick,” The Advocate’s Quarterly, Vol 51, p. 463-501 (2021)
- “Does a Right to a Physical Hearing Exist in International Arbitration?” International Council for Commercial Arbitration (February 2021)
Insights (17 Posts)
Ontario’s Court of Appeal Clarifies Class Member’s Appeal Rights Post Settlement Approval
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a class action appeal despite a settlement agreement limiting appeal rights.
Business Interruption Losses: Who is to Pay during the Pandemic?
Insurance coverage for business interruption losses has become a notable subject of litigation as pandemic-related claims make their way through the courts.
Supreme Court of Canada Confirms: CCAA Super-Priority Charges Rank Ahead of CRA’s Deemed Trusts
Canada v. Canada North Group Inc. provided much needed clarity regarding the order of priority for unremitted source deductions in restructuring proceedings.
Watch as that Trust is Swept Away
Suppliers and subcontractors in the construction industry should be mindful of a recent unreported decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
The Balancing of Privacy Rights and the Open Court Principle: Disclosure of Private Information in Litigation
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Sherman Estate v Donovan offers clarity on when the open court principle will give ground to the right to privacy.
Commercial Leases During the COVID-19 Lockdown: Where are we Headed?
Ontario has also passed legislation to protect commercial tenants.
Ontario Court of Appeal Interprets the TSX’s Majority Voting Requirement, Considers the Oppression Remedy, and Clarifies Set-off Rights
A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal interprets the Toronto Stock Exchange requirement that listed companies adopt a majority voting policy.
‘Why’d Ya Do It?’ The Supreme Court of Canada Explains the Duty to Exercise Contractual Discretion in Good Faith
The SCC recently released its long awaited decision in Wastech Services Ltd v Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District.
You should have said something: Supreme Court of Canada Holds That Failure to Correct a Mistaken Belief Violated the Duty of Honest Contractual Performance
The authors discuss the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision in C.M. Callow Inc. v. Tammy Zollinger et. al. regarding the duty of faith.
Supreme Court of Canada’s Uber Ruling Provides a Roadmap to Navigate between Arbitration and Class Actions
Discussion of the effect of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision re Uber drivers class action which invalidated a widely used arbitration clause
Litigating During COVID-19: Still Possible
A summary of the key ways to advance or continue litigation during the pandemic.
An Unsigned Certificate Remains a Fatal Franchise Disclosure Document Flaw in a Post-Raibex World
An Ontario Superior Court decision confirms that an unsigned certificate accompanying a Franchise Disclosure Document can constitute a fatal flaw entitling a franchisee to rescind the agreement.
The Supreme Court of Canada Will Revisit the Duty of Good Faith Six Years After Bhasin
The authors discuss two appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the scope and nature of the contratual duty of good faith.
Ontario Makes Changes to Court Procedures
Ontario Makes Changes to Court Procedures
Alberta Court of Appeal Ranks CCAA Super-priority Charges Ahead of CRA’s Deemed Trust, but Uncertainty Remains
Alberta Court of Appeal held super-priority charges granted in a Companies' Creditor Arrangement Act proceeding may take priority over statutory deemed trusts claims advanced by the Crown
Budget 2019: New Excise Duty Regime For Three New Classes of Legalized Cannabis Products, and GST/HST Amendments for Health Care and Zero-Emission Passenger Vehicles
Currently, under the Cannabis Act, there are five classes of legal cannabis, namely, fresh/dried cannabis, cannabis oil, cannabis plant seeds, and cannabis plants.
Is your site ready for recreational cannabis?
Existing workplace policies will need to be adjusted when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.
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