Last week, in honor of International Women’s Day, our firm came together and assembled 60 Welcome Kits for the Red Door Family Shelter and Interval House.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support at-risk women in our community and to Teodora Obradovic and Hailey Abramsky who organized this women@foglers initiative to celebrate our commitment to empowering and supporting women at the firm and in our community.

“Each one of you contributes in a meaningful way to the fabric of our firm, enriching it with diverse perspectives, skills, and experiences. Together, we form a supportive community where we can lean on each other during challenging times and celebrate our successes together. Your dedication and resilience inspire us all to continue striving for excellence and making a difference in the lives of our clients and each other.”

Karen Rosen, Partner

Congratulations to Milt Davis who was named a recipient of the 2024 Law Society Medal.  Each year, the Law Society of Ontario awards the Law Society Medal to selected lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding career achievements and contributions to their communities.

Milt’s nomination for the award was supported by members of the firm and the litigation bar. In each of his letters of recommendation, his supporters highlighted Milt’s tireless commitment to the ideals of the profession; his significant contributions to the practice and reputation of the profession; his devotion to advocating on behalf of those members of the public whose voices would not otherwise been effectively heard; and his public dedication to combatting the scourge of anti-Semitism.

Milt will be honoured with the prestigious Law Society Medal at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony, which will be held on May 22, 2024.

On behalf of the entire firm, we congratulate Milt on this well-deserved recognition.

Congratulations to our Partners on being recognized as leading lawyers in the 2024 Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory.

Each lawyer was selected based upon a comprehensive annual survey, ongoing since 1994. They are acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields and are prominent lawyers in their practice areas. 

On February 9, 2024, the SCC released its decision in Attorney General of Québec, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., an appeal of a Quebec reference case relating to the constitutionality of An Act respecting First Nation, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families (the “Federal Act“).

Katherine Hensel and Kristie Tsang of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP acted for the intervener, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), offering an Inuit and territorial perspective to the legal issues before the SCC. The Court upheld the Federal Act in its entirety as constitutional, including the Federal Act’s:

This is a successful result for IRC’s child wellbeing law, Inuvialuit Qitunrariit Inuuniarnikkun Maligaksat, which will ensure that Inuvialuit children, youth, and families are supported wherever they live, for the benefit of Inuvialuit and Inuvialuit culture, and to mitigate and prevent the documented harm caused by non-Inuvialuit and non-Indigenous child welfare practices. This is also welcome news for our Indigenous clients currently engaged in developing their own child wellbeing laws or participating in coordination agreement discussions.

While the SCC refrained from commenting directly on the existence, scope, and extent of a s. 35 Aboriginal right to self-government, it confirmed that it remains open to Parliament to do so and act in accordance with that position. Stay tuned for an article on what this means going forward for Indigenous governing bodies and the child and family services sector

Congratulations to Marie Lussier who has been recognized as a leading Trademark lawyer by World Trademark Review. The WTR 1000 has established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Justin Jakubiak and Bree Pierce, members of Foglers’ litigation group, successfully represented a family-owned trucking school before the Licence Appeal Tribunal in response to an immediate suspension order and a proposal to refuse to renew the school’s education program.  After a grueling 7 day hearing the Tribunal ordered the Private Career Colleges Branch of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to immediately lift the suspension and directed the Superintendent not to carry out the proposal.

The decision is particularly important and noteworthy as victories for registrants against the Ministry are few and far between. The result is life-changing for our clients as they can resume their family-owned business which has 3 locations in Ontario and employs dozens of people.

A summary of the case follows:

Our client is a truck driver training school which has been registered under the Private Career Colleges Act since 2020 with locations in Mississauga, London and Hamilton.

The Private Career Colleges Branch of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (the “PCCB”) sent out two Superintendent’s letters, one in 2021 and one in 2022, to all trucking schools suggesting that there was an uptick in non-compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act.  The letters warned that trucking schools would begin to see increased enforcement action. In stepping up enforcement, the PCCB bypassed their own “progressive compliance model”, which emphasized education before enforcement.A disgruntled former employee filed an unfounded complaint that led to a superficial investigation. This investigation led to an immediate suspension and a notice of proposal was issued to strip our clients of their registration.

The investigation, per the decision of the Tribunal, was replete with confirmation bias and unsupportable assumptions. It mischaracterized the responsiveness of our client and disregarded their efforts to work with inspectors and investigators to ensure compliance.  The investigation was not adequately thorough to merit the suspension or the notice of proposal. In fact, the investigator was admonished for his “apparent haste to embrace” the disgruntled former employee’s “rather dramatic exposé”.  The Tribunal Ordered that the suspension should be lifted immediately, the notice of proposal should not be carried out, and our client’s registration should be renewed with reasonable terms and conditions immediately.

The decision is a reminder to all registrants that regulators and government actors are not immune to making mistakes and government overreach is real.  Legal advice should always be sought in response to complaints, discipline, charges or proposals levied against a licensee by their regulator. The regulator may be wrong (and in our experience often make mistakes).

For more information about this case, or if you have any questions about your licence or regulated business, please contact Justin Jakubiak at:


Our Fogler Rubinoff family strongly condemns the unprecedented, barbaric attack by Hamas terrorists on Israel.   

While we in Canada live with the privilege of having the expectation of a peaceful existence, the Middle East presents a much different matrix of facts which make peaceful co-existence idealistic when the government in Gaza is a terrorist group that denies Israel’s right to exist. It is important to speak out against organizations like Hamas who wish to annihilate the Jewish people.  

We support Israel and all its people.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the innocent victims of this tragedy. We specifically pray for the safe return of the kidnapped civilian bystanders.  

To recognize her work as a leading Indigenous lawyer, Katherine Hensel has been named on to Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Katherine is being recognized for her work as a leading Indigenous rights lawyer and is described as “a passionate advocate for the assertion of Indigenous and treaty rights, the duty to consult and child welfare matters.” She is featured in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category.

22,0000 individuals took part in the voting process this year to determine members of this exclusive list. Lawyers who are selected often contribute to the most nationally significant and strategic legal questions, cases, deals and disputes. Winners are selected across five different categories from hundreds of nominees.

Foglers is pleased to announce that the 41 lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

We are pleased to share that the following lawyers will play important roles as members of the 2023-2024 OBA Section Executives.