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Ron Podolny

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

In 2019, Ron was the recipient of the “Lexpert Rising Stars Award: Leading Lawyers Under 40.” The award celebrates the achievements of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. Winners are selected by a distinguished Advisory Board from among lawyers practicing at law firms, in-house departments, government, academia and the non-profit sector.

In 2022, Ron was awarded the Osgoode Hall Law School Faculty Teaching and Service Award for his contribution to legal education as an Adjunct Professor

Ron has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer to Watch (Class Actions) in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Ron has been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in CanadaTM, in the category of Securities Law.  This prestigious recognition is awarded on the basis of an exhaustive evaluation process of lawyers’ professional expertise, in the form of a national peer-review survey.

Ron has appeared before trial and appellate courts in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, as well as before the Federal Court 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

Representative Cases

  • Fischer v. IG Investment, 2023 ONSC 915
  • The Trustees of the Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation Local 675 Pension Fund v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., 2018 ONSC 6447
  • 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
  • Green v. CIBC, 2022 ONSC 373
  • Vecchio Longo Consulting Services Inc. v. Aphria Inc., 2021 ONSC 5405

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – “Current Issues in Securities Class Actions,” Ontario Bar Association (2023)

  • Speaker – “Consumer Class Actions: Is There A Way Forward?” American Association for Justice Annual Convention (2020)
  • Speaker – “Survey of Consumer Protection Up North,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, San Diego, California (2019)
  • Speaker – “The Role of an Accountant Expert Witness in a Class Action.” Association of Certified Forensic Investigators 2019 Annual Fraud Conference, Toronto, Ontario (2019)
  • Speaker – “Northern Class Actions: Practical Observations.” Sudbury District Law Association Colloquium, Sudbury, Ontario (2018)
  • Speaker – “Cross-Border Antitrust Class Actions,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado (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