Ron Podolny

Ron podolny

Ron Podolny

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-548-9874 (Ext. 288)
800-462-3864 (Ext. 288)

Ron Podolny is a partner in Rochon Genova's Class Actions group. His practice is focused on class action litigation, including securities, competition, consumer protection and product liability matters.

Ron is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He speaks frequently in professional conferences on matters relating to class actions and commercial litigation.

Ron has authored articles on a variety of topics in class actions and commercial litigation. His work has been published in the Canadian Business Law Journal, Lexpert, The Advocates Quarterly, The Lawyers Weekly, Global Insolvency & Restructuring Review and other leading industry and academic publications. His articles have been cited with approval by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been interviewed on legal matters by The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC, CHCH, CFRB and other media outlets.

In 2018, Ron was the recipient of the Precedent Setter Award, which recognizes Toronto lawyers called to the bar in the last 10 years who have shown excellence and leadership in their practice and their community. 

Ron has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Areas of Practice

  • Securities Class Actions
  • Competition Class Actions
  • Consumer Protection Class Actions
  • Complex Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2010
  • Ontario, 2009


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • J.D. - 2008
    • Honours: Bronze Medalist
    • Honours: McCarthy Tetrault LLP Leadership Award
    • Honours: McCarthy Tetrault LLP Prize for Academic Standing
    • Honours: Legal and Literary Society Student Honour Award
  • York University
    • B.A. (Hons.) - 2005

Leading Cases

  • Mancinelli v Royal Bank of Canada, 2017 ONSC 2324
  • The Trustees of the Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation Local 675 Pension Fund v SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., 2016 ONSC 5484
  • Leslie v Agnico-Eagle Mines, 2016 ONSC 532
  • Harper v American Medical Systems Canada Inc., 2015 ONSC 3434

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – “Cross-Border Antitrust Class Actions,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado (2018)
  • Program Chair – “The Future of ‘Umbrella Purchaser’ Class Actions,” Ontario Bar Association (2018)
  • Moderator – Plaintiffs’ Issues Panel, Ninth Annual Class Actions Colloquium, Ontario Bar Association (2017)
  • Program Chair – “Class Actions: A Powerful Tool for Seeking Redress Against the Crown and Other Institutions,” Ontario Bar Association (2017)
  • Speaker – “What Canadian Courts Can Do For You (Eh),” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts (2017)
  • Speaker – “Privacy Torts and Class Actions Outside the U.S.,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts (2017)
  • Speaker – “Consumer Protection Rights and Contracts”, Ontario Deputy Judges Association (2017)
  • Speaker – “Cross-Border Cooperation in Class Action Litigation,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California (2016)
  • Panelist – Sudbury District Law Association Colloquium, Sudbury, Ontario (2016)
  • Panelist – Sixth Annual Securities Symposium, The Advocates Society
  • Speaker – “Can Common Law and Statutory Remedies Co-exist? Cracking the ‘Complete Code.’” Advanced Sessions on Class Actions. The Commons Institute (2016)
  • Moderator – “Beer Without Borders: The Comeau Case and the Future of Interprovincial Alcohol Law.” Canadian Constitution Foundation Law & Freedom Conference (2016)
  • Speaker – “Developing Skills to Persuade Others.” 5th Leadership Skills for Administrative Professionals Program. Federated Press (2016)
  • Speaker – “Developing and Implementing a Successful E-Discovery Response Strategy.” Ontario Bar Association. Ontario E-Discovery Institute (2015)
  • Speaker – “Discovery Planning: Key Issues and Strategies.” Ontario Bar Association (2015)
  • Moderator – “Let’s Take It Outside: Litigating Before Arbitration Panels, Administrative Tribunals and Disciplinary Boards.” Ontario Bar Association (2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Member, 2009 – Present
  • Ontario Bar Association, Member of the Class Actions Section Executive, 2009 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Advocates Society, Member, 2009 - Present