Pooja Mihailovich

Pooja Mihailovich

Partner, Tax

Contact Information

pmihailovich@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6624

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2006

Education

  • University of Waterloo, M.Tax
  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc. (Hons.)

Language(s)

English

Pooja specializes in advising on tax litigation and dispute resolution matters. She has appeared in significant cases at all levels of Court, and routinely represents clients in disputes before the Canadian tax authorities. In addition to tax controversy matters, her practice also includes advising on general corporate tax matters, and on Canadian tax issues particular to insurance organizations.

Pooja has been ranked as a leader in tax controversy by International Tax Review and was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a rising star.

Pooja is currently a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a member of the Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee. She also serves as Secretary of The Advocates' Society's Tax Litigation Practice Group.

Pooja is an adjunct professor at Queens University, Faculty of Law. She has also lectured at McGill University and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Pooja has authored articles on a wide variety of topics regarding federal income tax matters, and is a contributing editor of Tax Litigation and the Toronto Law Journal.

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Tax: Litigation
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Litigation - Corporate Tax; Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 Finalist (2020); Canada’s leading corporate tax litigation lawyers in 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Tax Law; "Lawyer of the Year", Tax Law (2023)
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Recognized in Dispute Resolution; Tax Disputes (40 & Under Hot List)
  • International Tax Review: Recognized in Tax Controversy; Women in Tax; recognized as a Highly Regarded lawyer
  • Euromoney LMG Americas Rising Star Awards: Recognized in Tax and Tax Disputes (Shortlisted)
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Tax Litigation

  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

  • International tax: Loblaw successful at Federal Court of Appeal, Osler Update, May 2020.

  • Expert Evidence in Tax Cases (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2019), 1:1-13.

  • Proportionality and the Train of Inquiry in Tax Court Discovery: A Search for the End of the Line, Canadian Tax Journal, 2018, 66:4 809-846.

  • 50 Ways to Lose Your Dispute and Your Client: Common Mistakes in Practicing Tax Dispute Resolution (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2018), 1:1-9.

  • Transfer Pricing & Intra-Group Financing, Canada, IBFD, September 2017.

  • Getting it Right: The Remedy of Rectification in Canadian Tax Law, Toronto Law Journal, February 2017.

  • Litigation as a Route to Resolution, 2014 Conference Report (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2015), 30:1-9.

  • GAAR Revisited: From Instinctive Reaction to Intellectual Rigour, Canadian Tax Journal, 2014, 62:2, 401-428.

  • Protecting Accountants' Tax Advice: A Primer on Privilege, CPA Magazine, May 2014.

  • The Possibilities and Perils of Tax Litigation, 2013 Conference Report (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2014), 38:1-20.

  • Substance vs. Process: The Curious Divide in Tax Litigation, Toronto Law Journal, September 2013.

  • Beyond the Border: Dealing with Demands for Disclosure, CCH International Tax Newsletter, July 2013.

  • No Privilege for Accountants’ Tax Advice: A Contest of (Un)equals, Toronto Law Journal, March 2013.

  • Reverse Onus: Time to Reconsider?, Canadian Tax Focus, Volume 2, Number 4, November 2012.

  • The Perils of Precedent, Toronto Law Journal, October 2012.

  • Powers of the Minister Post-Objection, Tax Litigation, Volume XVIII, No. 3, 2012.

  • Tax Settlements: The Common Link Between Risk & Principle, Toronto Law Journal, June 2012.

  • The Interplay of the GAAR & Tax Treaties, International Taxation, Volume 6, March 2012.

  • Special Report: Tax Litigation Demystified, Canadian Tax Journal, 2011, 59:3, 527-545.

  • Framing the Issue in Litigation, Canadian Tax Focus, Volume 1, Number 3, November 2011.

  • The Arm’s Length Standard: A Canadian Perspective, International Taxation, Volume 4, March 2011.