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Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi

Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi Partner

Sudevi is the head of the firm’s Insurance Defence Group and a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice.

Practice

Sudevi represents corporations and insurers in defence of civil liability claims. Her focus is on occupiers’ liability, motor vehicle liability and the defence of professional liability (pharmacists, veterinarians, lawyers and independent adjusters). Sudevi also has experience in large environmental contamination cases, product liability cases, property damage claims, and providing coverage opinions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sudevi worked at a prominent Canadian Insurance company. Sudevi’s broad trial experience is an asset to her clients, for those cases that cannot be resolved using alternative dispute resolution methods.

As an experienced civil litigator, Sudevi has the collective knowledge, experience and expertise to achieve practical, effective solutions to the most complex litigation issues. Her work crosses the spectrum of civil litigation and insurance litigation.

Sudevi has been involved in appeals and motions before the various levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Her court experience includes motions and trial work with appearances before theSuperior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal and various administrative tribunals. She has conducted both jury and judge alone trials.

She also assists her clients in dealing with complex issues such as wrongful birth and innocent co-insureds.

Professional

Mentor for the South Asian Women in Law
Member, Law Society of Ontario Equity Advisory Group
Member, The Advocates’ Society
Member, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
Member, Oakville Diwali Gala Committee (2018)
AGR Liaison, Ontario Bar Association – Insurance Section (member of the Executive since 2006: Vice-Chair 2009-2010, Program Coordinator 2007-2009)
South Asian Bar Association (President 2010-2011, Vice-President of Public Relations 2007-2010)

Education

B.A. (Hons.), York University (1997)
LL.B., The University of Western Ontario (2000)
Called to the Ontario Bar, 2002

Other Languages

French (working knowledge)

Publications and Speeches

  • Canada: Home Insurance Coverage for a Workplace Injury? January 2018
  • Ontario Clarifies Rules Around Additional Insureds, January 2018
  • Setting Aside a Jury’s Verdict- A Heavy Burden, November 2016
  • Deductibles, Interest, Remedial Penalties; Oh My! July 2016
  • “Due Diligence and Discoverability: Is a Plaintiff Required to Follow-up With Their Doctor for Test Results?” June 2016
  • “Considerations of Negligence and Contributory Negligence: Did the Trial Judge Get it Wrong?”, May 2016
  • “Assumption of Defence Agreement; Is It Enforceable?” May 2016
  • “Overturning a Jury’s decision?” April 2016
  • “Waivers – Another One Upheld!” January 2016
  • “Withdrawing an Admission; No Consent When $23 Million is in Question” December 2015
  • “Does Adverse Costs Protection Insurance negate requiring Security for Costs?” November 2015
  • “Sports liability waiver holds up in court”- The Lawyers Weekly, November 2015
  • “Insurers Have to Explain the Basis for Denial of Coverage; But What About Privilege?” – Ontario Bar Association Insurance Section, October 2015
  • “Contracting Out of the Insurance Act for Property Damage to a Vehicle?” October 2015
  • “The Efficacy of Waivers in Sports – Levita v. Alan Crew et al”, September 2015
  • “The success of Summary Judgment Motions”, presented to prominent Insurance Company, September 2015
  • “When Does the Limitation Period Start Running for Uninsured Coverage?” August 2015
  • “Vicarious Liability of Vehicle Owner – What if the Vehicle Owner Provided Limitations on the Use of the Vehicle?” August 2015
  • “Insurers Have to Explain the Basis For Denial of Coverage; But What About Privilege?”, August 2015
  • “The Right to a Jury Trial”, July 2015
  • “Court of Appeal’s Decision on Assessments by Someone Other Than a Health Practitioner”, July 2015
  • “Parents of Bullies – Your Insurer Has No Duty to Defend You!”, July 2015
  • “Threshold Motions – a recap on the factors the Court considers”, June 2015
  • “The Court of Appeal’s Decision in Iannarella v. Corbett”, May 2015
  • “Fordam vs. Dutton-Dunwich – Important Municipal Liability Case of the Court of Appeal”, December 2014
  • “Proposed Changes to Joint and Several Liability Law for Municipalities”, July 2014
  • “Limitation Periods”, presentation to an insurance company, October 2012
  • “Allies, Influence, Power and Politics in the Office”, Panel member, American Bar Association’s Seminar, August 2011
  • “Spoliation of Evidence”, for Insurance Company and Engineering Company audience, May 2011
  • “Keam v. Caddey”, OBA Insurance Section Newsletter, December 2010
  • “Does LSUC target small firm lawyers”, Law Times, November 2010
  • “Mary Carter ruling could have chilling effect”, Law Times, January 2010
  • “Expect the Unexpected with Mary Carter Agreements”, Lawyer’s Weekly, August 2009
  • “Facebook and Litigation”, International Alliance of Law Firms Newsletter, 2009

Publications

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Vince Siciliano, BDO Canada Limited