Golnaz Nayerahmadi

Partner
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fax:
416-363-0263
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Golnaz’s litigation practice focuses on class actions and complex multi-plaintiff actions. She has acted as counsel in a broad range of matters involving Crown liability and institutional abuse, professional liability, pharmaceutical and product liability, mass torts and industrial disasters, securities misrepresentation, and consumer protection.

Golnaz has represented clients in motions, applications, trials and appeals. She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Golnaz is committed to pro bono practice. She has worked extensively with the Innocence Project on matters concerning wrongful convictions, including Albon v. Attorney General, which recognized, for the first time, a Charter-based duty of post-conviction disclosure.

Golnaz has been recognized in the 2023 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada TM for Class Action Litigation. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes lawyers who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

Prior to joining Rochon Genova, Golnaz clerked for the judges of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and interned at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Golnaz holds a dual degree in common law and civil law from McGill University. While in law school, she developed a new curriculum on the rights and reintegration of child soldiers, and was selected to speak at the National Council of Women of Canada’s roundtable at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Prior to attending law school, Golnaz obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with the Ethics, Society and Law Prize for highest standing in the program and received several awards for academic achievement.

Golnaz leads the firm’s student recruitment. Inquiries and applications should be sent to [email protected]

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2015

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Speaker, OBA Class Actions Law Program, “Fundamentals of Class Actions Law: Pleadings and Pre-Certification Issues”, June 27, 2022
  • Speaker, 15th Annual Conference on Crown Liability, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, “Class Actions: Updates for 2022 and Beyond”, April 22, 2022
  • Golnaz Nayerahmadi, “‘Protecting What Matters Most’: Crown Immunity at the Cost of Accountability?” (2021), 52 Adv. Q. 24 at 242
  • Guest Speaker, Osgoode Hall Law School, “Labour Law and Governance of Global Supply Chains”, December 4, 2021
  • Guest Speaker, Queen’s Law School, Class Actions Seminar, “Securities Class Actions”, November 9, 2021
  • Speaker, The Advocates’ Society, Eleventh Annual Securities Symposium, “Recent Developments in Securities Class Actions”, September 23, 2021
  • Speaker, the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, “Misrepresentations and Corrective Disclosures under the Securities Act”, September 22, 2021
  • Guest Speaker, Osgoode Hall Law School, Class Actions Seminar, “The Representative Plaintiff in Class Actions”, September 14, 2021
  • Speaker, “Access to Justice and Class Actions in England and Wales”, Class Actions and Rights Panel, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, May 7, 2021
  • Speaker, Law Society of Ontario, “Class Actions: Update for Litigators 2021”, COVID -19 & Class Actions Panel, January 22, 2021
  • Speaker, OBA Class Actions Law Program, “Pandemic-Related Class Actions – What Are They and How Will They Change the Law and Landscape?”, May 27, 2020
  • Speaker, The Advocates’ Society, “The Class Actions Practice Group Presents: Top Class Actions Cases of 2019”, January 20, 2020
  • Guest Speaker, Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M., “Transnational Labour Law and the Global Supply Chain”, December 7, 2019

Professional Involvement

  • Ontario Bar Association, Class Actions Practice Group, Executive – Member-at-Large (2021-current)
  • Ontario Bar Association, Civil Litigation Practice Group, Executive – Member-at-Large (2021-current)
  • Warren K. Winkler Class Actions Moot, Osgoode Hall Law School – Coach (2019-2021)
  • Advocates’ Society, Class Actions Practice Group, Executive – Member-at-Large (2019-2020)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Constitutional and Human Rights Section, Executive – Member-at-Large (2017-2018)

Education

  • McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada
    • LL.B. / B.C.L., 2014
  • Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Academic Exchange Program, 2013
    • Enrolled in LL.M. Course
  • University of Toronto, Trinity College, Toronto, Canada
    • Hons. B.A. with High Distinction, 2010
    • Majors in Ethics, Society & Law and English

Languages

  • Golnaz is Fluent in Farsi and proficient in French