Insurance Defence Group Head Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi has a thriving litigation practice, representing insurance companies, companies with a self-insured retention, health professionals and corporations.

In insurance defence matters, she focuses 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.

She has extensive trial experience and regularly appears before the various levels of court in Ontario. These include the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Over the years, Sudevi has achieved practical and effective solutions to the most complex litigation issues. Her love for being a litigator is demonstrated by her commitment to always strive for the best possible outcome. She achieved one of the highest cost orders for an insurance client in a jury trial to date.

Sudevi is the former chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and its South Asian Marketing committee, The Monsoon Group. She is also actively involved with PV Women’s Network. In addition, she spends a lot of time mentoring both lawyers and law students and is active with the Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Bar Association’s Insurance Executive. Sudevi was a former president of the South Asian Bar Association (Toronto). In 2021, she was nominated as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Sudevi is frequently asked to speak at insurance industry conferences and she routinely provides seminars to clients on practice-related issues and those related to Diversity and Inclusion.

Expertise

B.A. (Hons.), York University (1997)
LL.B., The University of Western Ontario (2000)
Mini Medical School, University of Toronto (2005)

Called to the Ontario Bar, 2002

  • Newsletter Editor, Ontario Bar Association, Insurance Law Section Executive
  • Former Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association, Insurance Law Section Executive
  • Former AGR Liaison, Ontario Bar Association, Insurance Law Section Executive (member of the Executive since 2006: Vice-Chair 2009-2010, Program Coordinator 2007-2009)
  • Board of Directors, The Advocates’ Society; Rules of Civil Procedure Task Force (2023- present); Rules Task Force (2024 – present)
  • Member, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, South Asian Bar Association
  • Former President, South Asian Bar Association (2010-2011)
  • Former Vice-President of Public Relations, South Asian Bar Association (2007-2010)
  • Former Member, Oakville Diwali Gala Committee (2018-2019)
  • Former Treasurer, Ontario Insurance Professionals Association (OIPA)
  • Former Member, Law Society of Ontario, Equity Advisory Group (EAG)
  • Mentor, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL)
  • Mentor for the South Asian Women in Law
  • Mentor for the Black Law Student Association Osgoode (BLSA)
  • Mentor for the Western Law BIPOC Mentorship Program

  • French (working knowledge)

  • Co-chair, Tricks of the Trade, The Advocates’ Society – January 2024
  • Panel Speaker, Preparing Your Witness for Discovery, The Advocates’ Society – October 2023
  • Discussion Facilitator, Equity Diversity and Inclusion for Litigators, The Advocates’ Society – October 2023
  • Coach, Do A Trial!, The Advocates’ Society – September 2023
  • Speaker, Breaking the Mould – Asian Heritage Month, Holy Trinity School – May 2023
  • Instructor, Appellate Advocacy Skills Training Program Series for Members of Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), Court of Appeal for Ontario, The Advocates’ Society and Ontario Bar Association – March 2023
  • Chair, Knocking Down the Walls – Building Gender Equality in Law,  Canadian Lawyer Women in Law Conference – February 2023
  • Mentor, The Advocates’ Society, OBA and the Roundtable of Diversity Associations, Appellate Advocacy Skills Training Series – December 2022
  • Instructor, Mastering Winning Discovery Techniques Skills Workshop, The Advocates’ Society – November 2022
  • Presenter, Mentorship, University of New Brunswick Law School – September 2022
  • Presenter, Anatomy of a Trial, Ontario Bar Association – June 2022
  • Speaker, Winning Body Language for Litigators, The Advocates’ Society – June 2022
  • Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi – Pallett Valo Women Leadership Interview
  • Panel speaker, Roundtable of Diversity Associations Town Hall, The Advocates’ Society – February 2022
  • Panel speaker, Getting the Most Out of Your Mentor and Sharing Insights, Women in Law Summit – February 2022
  • Who Pays for the Productions?, Ontario Bar Association – November 2022
  • Presenter, Law Society of Ontario, 4th Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit – “The Apology Act” – September 2021
  • Presenter, The Advocates’ Society, Examination-in-Chief Preparation Series – “Getting Ready: Preparing Yourself for Examination-in-Chief” – April 2021
  • Speaker, Trios College, Justice in Pieces, Speaking on Insurance Defence Practice, Student Programs, Diversity and Belonging – March 2021
  • Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, Motions Skills Training Course – March 2021
  • Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, Advocacy Skills Training Series – March 2021
  • Speaker, Women In Law Canada, Setting Boundaries – February 2021
  • Panel member, Pragmatic Steps for Young Lawyers and Practices to Better Balance Personal and Family Needs With a Growing Practice, Canadian Lawyer Young Lawyers Summit – November 2020
  • Mentor, The Advocates’ Society, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Litigators Program- October 2020
  • Panel speaker, Queen’s Pre Law Society, Diversity and Inclusion in the Law – September 2020
  • Skills Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, Remote Skills Workshop: Motions Advocacy – August 2020
  • Canada: Home Insurance Coverage for a Workplace Injury? – January 2018
  • Ontario Clarifies Rules Around Additional Insureds – January 2018

  • Recipient of the 2024 Women in Law Leadership Awards Ontario Individual Mentorship Award
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada™ in the field of Insurance Law (2024)
  • Precedent Setter Award, 2012
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