Jonathan Roth is a skilled advocate widely recognized for his impeccable reputation within the legal and broader communities.
Before founding Roth Advocacy, Jonathan litigated on Bay Street both with an international law firm and the federal Department of Justice, where he advised and represented the Attorney General of Canada, and departments and agencies of government, before the courts and administrative tribunals. He has appeared in the Federal Courts, at all levels of court in Ontario, in the courts of Nova Scotia and Yukon and has briefed matters before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Jonathan has intimate knowledge of the courts, having served as a judicial clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario (then a judge of the Court of Appeal). Jonathan takes seriously his relationships with judges, counsel and especially clients.
In addition to a robust commercial litigation practice, Jonathan maintains an active practice focused on public law, including a recent Charter challenge to the federal government’s hotel quarantine order. Jonathan’s work has been published in or reported by the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, CTV News, CBC News, Radio Canada International, the Vancouver Sun, the News Forum and Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Jonathan holds a Juris Doctor, with Honours, from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he received academic awards in the areas of advocacy, taxation, estate planning and international trade law. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and Peleton rides.
Vessair et al. v. Vessair et al., 2022 ONSC 500
Counsel to defendant corporations and individuals in successfully opposing leave of the Court to commence a derivative action in a dispute over the sale of Ontario marinas, with costs
[Case selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ Business Law Reports and Litigator service as an important case in business law]
Højlund and Bøtcher vs. Air Canada, 2022 ONSC 7043
Co-counsel to plaintiffs in defeating Air Canada’s Rule 21 motion in a claim involving the scope and application of the Montreal Convention, an international treaty governing the liability of air carriers, with costs
DR Links International Consulting Inc. v. Garden River First Nation [unreported]
Counsel to plaintiff corporation in successfully defending motion to strike evidence on the basis of solicitor-client privilege, with costs
Gale v. Rothbart Centre for Pain Care, 2021 ONSC 4535
Counsel to physician on successful motion to stay wrongful dismissal proceeding as an abuse of the Court’s process, with costs
Canadian Constitution Foundation v. Attorney General of Canada, 2021 ONSC 2117
Counsel to charitable foundation in litigation against the Government of Canada resulting in an exemption to hotel quarantine for compassionate travel
[Court materials selected for inclusion in Lexis Nexis Quicklaw’s Litigator Forms & Precedents database of litigation precedents drafted by leading litigation lawyers]
Canada Post Corporation v. Hamilton, 2016 ONCA 767
Co-counsel to Canada Post on successful application concerning its constitutional authority to implement community mailboxes within municipalities, and on appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal
First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v. Yukon, 2015 YKCA 18
Co-counsel to the Government of Yukon on successful appeal to the Yukon Court of Appeal concerning land use planning for the Peel Watershed region of Yukon Territory
RWDI Air Inc. v. N-SCI Technologies, 2015 ONCA 817
Co-counsel to developers on successful motion to strike an unjust enrichment claim, and on appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal