Our Team

Shalini Thomas

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Clerk: Kristin Cooke
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Assistant: Shellie Coghlan
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Having been raised as an “expat kid” in Egypt, Shalini always felt most at home at airports. However, since trading in the Mediterranean Sea for Lake Ontario (rumoured to be about the same size), Shalini now calls Toronto home. In addition to being a traveller, Shalini is known as SBA’s resident foodie and Instagram controller. No stranger to diversity, Shalini maintains a varied practice specializing in accident benefits, tort bodily injury, fraud, and disability claims.

When she’s not shark cage diving in Cape Town or finding the best new restaurant in Toronto, Shalini can be found arguing limitation periods at the Divisional Court, and correcting how people pronounce her name.

It’s “Shall-a-knee” not “Sha-lee-knee”.

Primary Practice Areas
  • Accident Benefits
  • Bodily Injury
  • Fraud and Misrepresentation
  • Disability
Notable Matters
  • Tomec v. Economical (2018), Divisional Court
  • S.T. v. Economical (2017), Ontario License Appeal Tribunal
  • Mayo v. Economical (2016), Financial Services Commission of Ontario
  • Seitzema v. Economical (2014), Ontario Court of Appeal
Thought Leadership

Recent Publications 

  • A Tale of Two Brothers & The Ceeps (SBA Blog, September 2018)
  • Mind the Gap: Walk Backwards At Your Own Risk (SBA Blog, July 2018)
  • Professional Negligence SJ Motions: When You Point a Finger, Three Point Back At You (SBA Blog, May 2018)
  • A New Era of Reasonableness Dawn on Appeals from Private Arbitrations (K-W OIAA Bulletin, November 2016) 

Recent Presentations

  • Speaker, “Cannabis Act: A History & Implications for Social and Commercial Hosts”, Canadian Defence Lawyers (April 18, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Cannabis Act: An Overview & Liability Implications for Residential Insurance Policies”, Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (April 4, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Cannabis & Residential Insurance Policies, Ontario Mutual Insurance Association” (November 15, 2018)
  • Speaker, “CAT Impairment & The Limitation Period”, Client Presentation (November 2018)
  • Speaker, “I’ve Received a LAT Application…Now What?”, Client Presentation (November 2018)
  • Speaker, “Misrepresentation”, Client Presentation (June 2018)
  • Speaker, Limitation Periods in AB Claims – Case Law Developments, Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL’s Spring 2017 Symposium)
Professional Memberships
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
  • Member, A Call to Action Canada-Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Member, South Asian Bar Association
Bar Admissions & Education
  • Inclusive Leader Series – Certificate of Completion, 2018
  • Ontario Bar, 2013
  • LL.B., Queens University, 2012

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