Suzanne E. Chiodo
Suzanne Chiodo is an associate with the firm specializing in class action litigation. She joined Rochon Genova in July 2013.
Suzanne received her B.A and M.A. from Oxford University, where she won the Rickards Exhibition Award for second highest standing in her first year class. She obtained her J.D. with Distinction at Western Law, and received the Law Society of Upper Canada prize for graduating near the top of her class. She also won numerous awards and scholarships for academic excellence and contribution to the life of the school, and led a successful effort to establish Western Law's first student-run academic journal.
Suzanne clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice O'Reilly at the Federal Court. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates Society and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. Prior to joining Rochon Genova, she worked at a prominent insurance defence boutique in downtown Toronto.
Suzanne has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School on civil procedure, and has presented papers to the Ontario Bar Association and the Ontario Human Rights Commission on proposed changes to the Human Rights Code. While at law school, she published several articles with Professors Robert Solomon and Erika Chamberlain on health law and traffic safety. She has also published a top-ranking constitutional law paper on the Social Science Research Network.
Suzanne enjoys community theatre and sings regularly at her church in downtown Toronto. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Suzanne was a journalist and wrote regularly for the Hamilton Spectator as well as other Canadian and UK publications. She speaks advanced French as well as conversational Italian and Turkish.
Areas of Practice
- Class Actions
- General Civil Litigation
- Ontario, 2012
- University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada
- J.D. - 2011
- Honors: With Distinction
- Law Journal: Western Journal of Legal Studies, Founding Editor, 2010 - 2011
- Oxford University, Oxford, England
- B.A., Master of Arts - 2000
- Major: History
- “Conscience, Creed and the Code: Forthcoming Changes to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on Creed”, Presented at the OBA, June 8, 2012
- “Creed and Secularism in Canadian Human Rights Jurisprudence”, for a conference hosted by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, March 2012
- “Silence May Not Be Golden: A Review of Health Professionals’ Statutory Obligation to Report Unfit Drivers”, Co-author, (2011) 19:2 Health Law Review 5.
- “The Case for Comprehensive Random Breath Testing Programs in Canada: Reviewing the Evidence and Challenges”, Co-author, (2011) 49:1 Alberta Law Review 37
- "Alcohol, Trauma and Impaired Driving: 4th edition", 2009, co-author, (Toronto: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and MADD Canada, 2009)
- Wellman and Corless v. TELUS and Bell, 2014 ONSC 3318 (2014)
- Mancinelli v. Barrick Gold, 2014 ONSC 6516 (2014)
- Wilson and Shah v. LG Chem et al., 2014 ONSC 1875 (Ontario Superior Court 2014)
- Hamilton v. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., 2014 ONSC 785 (Ontario Superior Court 2014)
- Barker v. Ontario, 2013 ONSC 7381 (Ontario Superior Court 2013)
Honors and Awards
- Law Society of Upper Canada Prize, awarded to top 15 students in graduating class, June 2011
- JSD Tory Writing Award, for original historical research on internation law of occupation, June 2011
- McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award, for superior academic achievement and leadership qualities, Jan 2011
- Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg Award, for exceptional academic promise, July 2010
- Ogilvy Renault LLP Award, for academic excellence, contribution to academic life of school, July 2009
- Diploma in Journalism with Distinction, Feb 2005
- Rickards Exhibition Award, Sept. 1998, renewed 1999-2000
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- The Advocate's Society
- Ontario Bar Association
- Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History