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Mariam Moktar

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Clients turn to Mariam for her effective advocacy, sound judgment, and exceptional work ethic. Mariam maintains a broad litigation practice and specializes in commercial litigation, public interest litigation, employment law, human rights law, administrative law, and class actions. She has represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mariam joined the firm after working at a leading litigation boutique and a prominent union-side boutique in Toronto. She also clerked for various judges of the Superior Court of Justice in the Central West Region and served judges of the Divisional Court.

Mariam has been recognized for her leadership in the legal profession and service to the community. She was named “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the National Bar Association. She received a Precedent Setter Award and was featured on the cover of the Precedent Magazine and has also been recognized as an “Emerging Leader in the Law” by Windsor Law.

Mariam is currently the Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Investment Committee and the Vice-Chair of the OBA Equality Committee. She is a member of the Roundtable of Legal Diversity Associations, the Canadian Bar Association Equality Liaison Group, and the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association’s Legal Advocacy Committee. Mariam also co-founded the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers.

Education

University of Windsor, J.D., 2012
Carleton University, B.A., 2008

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013

Professional Affiliations

The Ontario Bar Association - Board of Directors - Treasurer
The Advocates' Society
The Canadian Bar Association

Representative Work

Awards and Honours

  • Windsor Law's "Emerging Leader in the Law Award" recipient - 2018
  • Precedent Setter Award recipient - Precedent Magazine - 2018
  • National Bar Associations' "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award" recipient - 2017

Community Involvement

  • Chair, OBA Investment Committee
  • Vice-Chair, OBA Equality Committee
  • Member of the Roundtable of Legal Diversity Associations
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association Equality Liaison Group
  • Member of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association’s Legal Action Committee
  • Former Member-at-Large of OBA Finance Committee
  • Co-founder and Past-President of the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers

Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter – Justice at Work – University of Windsor Faculty of Law – 2022
  • Presenter – Competing Rights Issues: Balancing Freedom of Expression with Respectful Workplace – 10th Annual Human Rights Summit – Law Society of Ontario – 2021
  • Panelist – “Strategies to Fight Discrimination in Law” – National Muslim Legal Conference – Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) – 2021
  • Co-authored article – “Off-Duty Social Media Use and the Workplace: Balancing Competing Rights” – Law Society of Ontario’s 10th Human Rights Summit – 2021
  • Panelist – Presented on practice of labour and employment law – 2021 BLSA Canada 30th National Conference
  •  Speaker – Provided advice on pursuing a career in litigation as part of makingTheMove’s May chat series – MakingtheMove May chat series – 2021
  • Panelist – “Employment and Income Support Issues in Light of COVID-19” – Employment & Income Support Town Hall, Muslim Legal Clinic & Positive ChangeTO  – 2020
  • Panelist – “The Role of Culture in Negotiations” – Osgoode Professional Development’s Certificate in Negotiation – 2019
  • Panelist – “Cannabis in the Workplace” – Cannabis in the Workplace, Canadian Industrial Relations Association, GTA Chapter –  2019
  • Presenter – “Using Social Media Evidence in Civil and Administrative Proceedings” – Social Media and Litigation – Law Society of Ontario – 2018
  • Panelist – “Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Evidence Obtained on Social Media” – Keeping Up with the Times: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Litigation – Ontario Bar Association’s Institute – 2018
  • Co-authored article –  “At the end of your next job interview, ask (at least) one of these 10 questions about the firm’s commitment to diversity” – PrecedentJD magazine – 2018
  • Co-authored article – “Using Social Media Evidence in Civil and Administrative Proceedings” – Law Society of Ontario’s program – 2018
  • Co-authored article –  “Social Media Evidence: Disclosure and Production Obligations” –Ontario Bar Association’s Institute – 2018
  • Co-authored article with Justice Coroza – “Immigration Consequences on Sentencing” – The Six-Minute Criminal Court Judge – Law Society of Upper Canada – 2014



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