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Ranjan K. Agarwal

Partner

Complex Commercial, Class Action and Public Law Litigator at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.6503
Ranjan K. Agarwal maintains a complex litigation practice, with a specific focus on class action, commercial, constitutional and employment disputes.
 
Ranjan has appeared as lead or co-counsel in 13 cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also briefed and argued numerous cases in Federal Court, Ontario and across Canada, and provides strategic advice to companies, funds and organizations at all stages of complex litigation.
 
In its national rankings, Benchmark Litigation recognized Ranjan as a future star in commercial litigation, noting that he has “probably been involved in more interventions in the Supreme Court of Canada than anyone of his vintage.” Among other recognitions, Lexpert magazine named him a Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 and Precedent magazine recognized him as Precedent Setter for his advocacy and pro bono work.
 
Ranjan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and co-author of Class Actions Law and Practice. He has published numerous articles on a wide variety of litigation issues in the Supreme Court Law Review, National Journal of Constitutional Law, Alberta Law Review, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.
 
Ranjan is President of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto, one of North America’s largest diverse bar associations. He is also Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights section. In 2015, the OBA awarded Ranjan its Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyers Award.

Select Experience

  • Pro Bono Law Ontario, as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Hinse v Canada (Attorney General) on the issue of indemnification for legal costs in private pro bono litigation. Hinse v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 35
  • Catholic Civil Rights League and others as interveners in an appeal involving the Quebec Minister of Education's denial of an exemption to Loyola High School from the provincial Program on Ethics and Religious Culture.
  • Mariann Taylor-Baptiste, in connection with an application for judicial review arising from a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario involving a conflict of rights between union speech and freedom from discrimination.

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Legal Media Groups Benchmark Litigation: Canada

    Ranjan K. Agarwal, recognized as a future star
  • 2016, Legal Media Groups Benchmark Litigation: Canada

    Ranjan K. Agarwal, recognized as a future star in the area of general commercial litigation in Ontario
  • 2016, Canadian Lawyer Magazine

    Ranjan K. Agarwal, recognized as one of Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers - Young Influencers

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