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Linda R. Rothstein B.A., LL.B.


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Linda Rothstein is known for her probing cross-examinations but also for her strategic advice and behind-the-scenes counsel work on high stakes cases.

She is frequently employed by law firms to resolve sensitive internal partnership disputes, as class counsel in complex class actions and by provincial regulators in professional misconduct proceedings. Her high profile work as Commission Counsel to the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology, counsel to the City of Toronto in the Computer Leasing Inquiry and lead counsel to the Motherisk Hair Analysis Review have cemented her reputation as one of Ontario’s leading advocates.


  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law , LL.B., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1982

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Foundation of Ontario Board of Trustees, Chair, 2016
  • Public Health Ontario Board of Directors, Member, 2014-Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Board of Directors, Fellow & Member, 2012-Present
  • Harold G. Fox Education Fund Board of Trustees, Member, 2013-Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, Director, 2015-Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • The Law Foundation of Ontario, Member, 2014-Present 
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto Regional Bencher, 2007-2015
  • Professional Regulation Committee, Chair, 2008-2010
  • Tribunals Committee, Co-Chair, 2010-2011
  • Finance Commitee, Vice-Chair, 2010-2011
  • Appeal Panel, Vice-Chair, 2011
  • Hearing Division, Law Society Tribunal, Vice-Chair, 2013-2015
  • Mentoring and Advisory Services Proposal Task Force, Co-Chair, 2014
  • The Advocates’ Society of Ontario, President, 2005-2006
  • The Advocates’ Society of Ontario, First Vice-President, 2004-2005
  • The Advocates’ Society of Ontario, Treasurer, 2003-2004
  • The Advocates’ Society of Ontario, Board of Directors, 1998-2003

* Practising as a professional corporation.

Representative Work

  • Linda has acted as class counsel in product liability and consumer advocacy class actions, for law and other professional partnerships in partnership disputes, in a range of employment law cases including departing employee injunctions and in professional liability and misconduct proceedings.
  • She also acts as a mediator/arbitrator in civil and commercial litigation.

Awards and Honours

  • Recognized by ​Benchmark Litigation​ in 2019 as one of top 25 women in litigation
  • Recognized in the ​2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
    Most Frequently Recommended:
    - Employment Law - Employee
    - Litigation - Corporate Commercial
    - Litigation - Public Law
    Consistently Recommended 
    - Workplace Human Rights - Employee
    Repeatedly Recommended 
    - Class Actions
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as 2019 Litigation Star and one of Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada
    Recognized by Who's Who Legal Canada - Litigation as Most Highly Regarded, Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Global Elite and Who's Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers
  • Featured in Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
    Featured in the Globe and Mail's Lexpert®/Report on Business Magazine - Leading Litigation Lawyer, December 2018 
  • Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Civil Litigation, 2018 
  • Ranked by Chambers Canada 2019 in Litigation: General Commercial in Ontario 
  • Ranked by Chambers Canada 2019 in Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Plaintiff)  nationwide
  • Law Society Medal, awarded by the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005
  • Award of Distinction, awarded by the Toronto Lawyer's Association, 2008 
  • Milvain Lecturer on Advocacy, University of Calgary, 2010
  • Lexpert Zenith Award, 2013
  • University of Toronto Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2014
  • Named one of the top 25 women in Litigation in Canada by Benchmark, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Featured in the Globe and Mail's Lexpert®/Report on Business Magazine Litigation Lawyer, December 2015
  • Identified as a Leading Cross-Border Litigation Lawyer in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, 2015
  • Ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global Canada, 2015, 2016
  • Recognized in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2016
  • Recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada's leading practitioners in Litigation - Corporate Commercial, consistently recommended in Class Actions
  • Repeatedly selected by Best Lawyers in Canada in six litigation specialties: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Administrative and Public Law, Labour and Employment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Class Action Litigation (2017); named best Administrative and Public Law Lawyer of the year (2013); named best Employment and Labour Law lawyer of the year (2014); named best Administrative and Public Law lawyer of the year (2016); named best Labour and Employment Law lawyer of the year (2017)
  • Benchmark Canada: Named one of the Top 25 Women in Canadian Litigation (2017)

Community Involvement

Publications and Presentations

Linda is a much sought after speaker on a wide range of topics in civil litigation, trial advocacy, professional regulation and liability, and employment law and human rights for various continuing education organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association of Ontario, the Canadian Institute, Infonex, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Queen’s University and the Advocates’ Society. A few selected publications are listed below:

    • S.M. Grant and L. Rothstein, Lawyers’ Professional Liability (Toronto: Butterworths, 1999, 2d.ed.).
    • S. M. Grant and L. Rothstein, “Professional Liability” (ch.9) in D. Lundy, G. MacKenzie and M. Newbury, Barristers and Solicitors in Practice, Butterworths, 1998.
    • L. Rothstein and M. Shortreed, “Disposition without Trial: A Review of the Application of Ontario’s Rule 20 and 21”, National Annual Review on Civil Litigation 2001, M. G. Cochrane and Justice T. Archibald, eds. (Toronto: Carswell 2001), pp. 69-81.
    • Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures: “Balancing Probabilities: The overlooked Complexity of the Civil Standard of Proof”, April 2003.
    • Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures: Modern Law of Damages, Co-chair, April 2005.

Exceptional Advocates.


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