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Mariam Moktar

Mariam Moktar

Associate

Biography

Mariam Moktar is a civil litigator who does not back down. She is wholly dedicated to fighting injustice and to righting wrongs. When it’s time to litigate, Mariam navigates the courtroom masterfully.

Clients come to Mariam for her effective advocacy, sound judgment, and exceptional work ethic. She understands the importance of knowing clients and their unique legal needs, and provides the practical advice needed to solve their problems, having appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court as well as various administrative boards and tribunals.

Mariam leaves no stone unturned when advocating for her clients, whether she is representing those who have been subject to defamatory, libelous, or slanderous statements; litigating matters on behalf of unions in court; or bringing a class action on behalf of employees. Mariam is also on LawPRO’s Preferred Counsel List and defends lawyers and other professionals who have been sued for negligence.

In her employment practice, Mariam represents a breadth of non-unionized employees with respect to their employment-related inquiries and assists in litigating and settling wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, human rights and employment standards claims.

Mariam has been recognized by her peers for her work and contributions. In 2018, she received a Precedent Setter Award for showing excellence and leadership in her practice and in the community. That same year, Mariam received the Windsor Law “Emerging Leader in Law” award for her accomplishments and contributions. Prior to that, Mariam was named “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the National Bar Association.

When Mariam is not dedicating her time to her work, she is using it to volunteer. She is co-founder and president of the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers (“CASL”), a national organization working to promote equity, justice, and access to legal services. Mariam also mentors junior lawyers and students.

Prior to joining the firm, Mariam honed her litigation skills at one of Canada’s top litigation boutiques 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.

When away from work, Mariam enjoys extreme sports in faraway places. She’s been skydiving in Namibia and bungee jumping in Nepal and Zimbabwe. Locally, she can be seen jogging or biking around the waterfront.