Aug. 2, 2017
Osler congratulates partners Pooja Mihailovich and Mary Paterson on being listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist for 2017-18 as “rising stars” in litigation. The publication ranks the top litigation and dispute lawyers aged 40 and under in both Canada and the United States. The guide recognizes those who have “earned their place amongst the nation’s leading promising litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients,” according to Benchmark Litigation.
Pooja, a partner in Osler's Taxation Group, specializes in advising clients on tax litigation and dispute resolution matters. Described by both peers and clients as an innovative thinker, and an insightful and strategic force, she has appeared in precedent-setting cases at all levels of Court, including the leading transfer pricing case before the Supreme Court of Canada, and routinely represents clients in significant disputes before the Canadian tax authorities. Recognized as a leader in tax controversy, Pooja has participated as a speaker in a myriad of industry conferences and programs, and is a prolific writer. Pooja is also engaged with the community through various initiatives and spends much of her free time mentoring students and young tax practitioners. Passionate about building relationships within the tax community, she is extensively involved with the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF) and, in addition to being a past Governor, was the Chair of the Steering Committee for the CTF Toronto Young Practitioners Group from 2012-14. She was also a catalyst for the CTF's Women in Tax events.
Mary is a partner in Osler’s Litigation Practice Group and cross-appointed to its Taxation Group. Mary is a fierce and formidable advocate whose commercial litigation and tax disputes practice focuses on representing clients in complex and business-critical matters to find pragmatic solutions. Mary has significant experience defending clients in tax appeals, insolvency proceedings, contract disputes and other commercial disputes. She has appeared in the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Superior Court, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has also acted as pro bono counsel and amicus in multiple Ontario courts as well as in the UN dispute resolution system.
Benchmark Litigation ranks partners based on an extensive, months-long research process which involves client feedback surveys and interviews with peers, as well as an evaluation of professional activities. See Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist for 2017-18.