TORONTO, June 4, 2012 – In eight short years Ranjan Agarwal has made quite an impact on the Canadian legal community. His contributions to the law were recently recognized by Precedent Magazine being named a "2012 Precedent Setter".
Since being called to the bar in 2004, Agarwal has acted as Counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada five times as well as being published in five scholarly journals. He has also been able to apply his Master's of Law degree before the Appeal Courts of Ontario and Manitoba.
Soon after joining the Partnership at Bennett Jones, this past spring, Agarwal had the unique experience of facing his own brother before the Supreme Court of Canada.
"As the son of immigrants and as a litigator, it is a special privilege to argue in Canada's highest court", said Agarwal. "To do so in a case opposite my brother made me even more proud to be a lawyer and a Canadian."
His nomination for the Precedent Setter honour was submitted by his mentor and head of the Bennett Jones Litigation Department, Jeff Leon. "Ranjan reflects what I believe to be the future of the legal profession, a “lawyer's lawyer” with a strong commitment to volunteerism that is reflective of his diverse background ", says Leon. "His depth of knowledge is only matched by the passion he brings to each file."
When Agarwal isn't appearing before the courts or writing a paper he is actively involved in pro bono work. Leading by example, he demonstrates to his juniors the importance of engaging in this activity and balances it by mentoring them on client development and continuing legal education.