Sonia Bjorkquist

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Sonia Bjorkquist

Sonia Bjorkquist

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Biography

Sonia is Chair of the firm’s National Litigation Department and Immediate Past President of the Advocates’ Society. Sonia has extensive experience defending companies in class actions, commercial arbitration and other complex litigation, including advising clients on strategies for managing risks and cross-border issues in multi-jurisdictional cases. She defends complex product liability claims involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices, manufactured products, and food and beverages. She litigates business-critical issues related to commercial agreements, directors' duties and shareholder remedies. Sonia is a key contact for Osler’s Class Action Defence Group.

Sonia is ranked among Canada’s top litigators in Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution and Product Liability), Lexpert (Class Actions, Product Liability, and Corporate-Commercial Litigation), Best Lawyers (Class Actions and Product Liability) and Benchmark. She is named as a leader in class actions in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. She is rated AV Preeminent in Martindale Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. She is an elected member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Sonia is a frequent speaker and author on class action and commercial arbitration issues.

Sonia is also currently serving as a Canadian delegate on the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes, also known as the NAFTA 2022 Committee of the NAFTA Secretariat.

Prior to joining Osler as a lawyer, Sonia clerked for the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

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Education
LLB

Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

BA (Honours)

University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world's leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 50,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. it has a considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.

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The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil lawsuits.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP provides legal services. It offers services in the areas of business law, commercial property, communications and media, trade, construction & infrastructure, corporate finance, and intellectual property. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Toronto, ON.

Awards & Honors
2019
Martindale-Hubbell - AV® Peer Review Rating
2018
Martindale-Hubbell - AV® Peer Review Rating
2017
Martindale-Hubbell - AV® Peer Review Rating
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Sonia Bjorkquist is affiliated with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Court of Appeal for Ontario

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