About Us

Together, we boast years of litigation experience that includes hearings, trials, and appeals in criminal, civil, and regulatory cases. Read the biographies below to find out more about our experience and how we can help solve your legal problems.

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Justin

Justin H. Nasseri

Justin is a litigator in the truest sense. He has a broad practice that includes regulatory proceedings, civil litigation, criminal trials and appeals.

In an age where trials are becoming less and less common, Justin has amassed impressive court and tribunal experience as a civil litigator. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and several tribunals including the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.

Justin’s particular interests include:

  • Tort cases (such as actions for defamation and misrepresentation)
  • Commercial and residential property litigation
  • Corporate / commercial disputes (including oppression litigation and shareholder disputes)
  • Employment contract disputes
  • Professional liability cases (where he has experience both defending and suing professionals, including physicians, accountants, and engineers)

Justin also acts for professionals in regulatory and administrative proceedings, with an emphasis on assisting professionals governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Justin GNNLP

Justin

Justin H. Nasseri

Justin is a litigator in the truest sense. He has a broad practice that includes regulatory proceedings, civil litigation, criminal trials and appeals.

In an age where trials are becoming less and less common, Justin has amassed impressive court and tribunal experience as a civil litigator. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and several tribunals including the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.

Justin’s particular interests include:

  • Tort cases (such as actions for defamation and misrepresentation)
  • Commercial and residential property litigation
  • Corporate / commercial disputes (including oppression litigation and shareholder disputes)
  • Employment contract disputes
  • Professional liability cases (where he has experience both defending and suing professionals, including physicians, accountants, and engineers)

Justin also acts for professionals in regulatory and administrative proceedings, with an emphasis on assisting professionals governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Justin has published on a variety of litigation topics. He has written for the Annual Review of Civil Litigation, the Advocates’ Quarterly, the Alberta Law Review, and the Canadian Privacy Law Review, as well as for conferences hosted by the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, the Advocates’ Society, and Osgoode Hall. He is also the Public Affairs Liaison on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section, where he helps organize legal education programs and is involved in policy work.

Before co-founding Goddard Nasseri, Justin worked at two of Canada’s top litigation firms. He summered, articled, and litigated as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault’s Toronto office, where he assisted on medical negligence trials, white collar criminal cases, regulatory proceedings for health professionals, and complex commercial litigation. He then spent several years at Pape Barristers, an elite boutique where he developed an appeal practice while continuing to litigate commercial and tort matters.

Justin received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honours from the University of Alberta and his law degree from the University of Toronto. During law school, he served as Vice-President Academic, was on the runner-up team at the Gale Cup moot, won the National Client Counselling Competition and was the semi-finalist at the International Client Consultation Competition in the Netherlands. He also won several academic awards including the John Atkinson Prize for academic achievement in litigation related courses, the Gordon Cressy Award for outstanding service to the law school, and the Nathan Strauss QC essay prize in legal ethics.

Justin’s Litigation Experience includes:

  • Howell-Wignall v. Casey’s Propane Inc.: Successfully obtained security for costs and a litigation timetable for a defendant/plaintiff-by-counterclaim, and had plaintiff’s motion for a stay of civil proceeding pending a criminal one dismissed.
  • Rubner v. Bistricer, 2018 ONSC 3038: Successfully obtained costs for a Litigation Guardian arising from an application for advice and directions.
  • Rubner v. Bistricer, 2018 ONSC 1934: Counsel for Litigation Guardian in a complex dispute concerning constitution of a bare trust, validity of various gifts and a will, and ownership of interest in a real estate joint venture. The Court accepted the majority of the Litigation Guardian’s positions and ordered accordingly.
  • James No. 1 Inc. v. VanderWindt, 2018 ONCA 44: Appeal involving the validity of service on a corporation pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • Sandhu v. Sikh Lehar International Organization, 2017 ONSC 7165: Obtained over $147,000 in costs for plaintiff as a result of success at trial. Successful in obtaining a portion of the costs on a substantial indemnity basis pursuant to Rule 49.
  • Sandhu v. Sikh Lehar International Organization, 2017 ONSC 5680: successfully tried an action on behalf of the Plaintiffs to recover almost $2M arising from a failed transaction for the purchase and sale of a large property in Brampton.
  • Berg v. Canadian Hockey League, 2017 ONSC 5382: Acted as counsel for the Law Foundation of Ontario on a costs hearing arising from a certification motion.
  • Chaudhry v. A&B Auto Leasing and Car Rental Inc. et al.: Successfully brought a motion for summary judgment to have an action dismissed as against A&B on the basis that the Plaintiff had no valid contract with the corporate entity.
  • Surujedo v. Melady, 2017 ONCA 41: Successfully resisted the appeal of two defendant physicians who were found liable for negligence at a jury trial.
  • Best v. Ranking, 2016 ONCA 492: Counsel on an appeal regarding the threshold of conduct for a personal costs award against a lawyer.
  • Tam v. Cheng: Successfully moved to enforce a settlement and obtained costs on a substantial indemnity basis for costs thrown away.
  • SGI Search Group Inc. v. Geotech Ltd.: Successfully moved for summary judgment for an order dismissing a breach of contract action and receiving judgment on a counterclaim.
  • Private Arbitration: Successfully represented a leading IT company that was awarded $27M in an arbitration for breach of contract.
  • Anand v. Hanna, SC-14-00100626 :Successfully moved to strike claim against defendant physician pursuant to Rule 12.02 of the Rules of the Small Claims Court.
  • König v. Hobza, 2014 ONCA 691: Successfully reduced damages award in the appeal of an oppression case.
  • The Commissioner of Competition v. Direct Energy Marketing Limited, 2014 CACT 13: Counsel for Direct Energy in a proceeding before the Competition Tribunal.
  • R. v. Lang, 2011 ONSC 3822 (C.J.): Successful appeal from a summary conviction for assault.

Selected Publications:

“Pulling the Chute: Motions to Get Off the Record Pursuant to Rule 15.04”, Law Society of Upper Canada: A Litigator’s Guide to the Challenging Lawyer-Client Relationship (with Shantona Chaudhry)
“More Deference, More Problems: The Standard of Appellate Review”, Ontario Bar Association – Your First Civil Appeal, October 17, 2016 (with Shantona Chaudhry)
“Economic Duress after Bhasin v. Hyrnew: Does the Organizing Principle of Good Faith Offer a New Framework?” in Todd L. Archibald and Randall Scott Echlin, eds., Annual Review of Civil Litigation, 2016 (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2016) (with Brandon Kain)
“When Worlds Collide: A Look At Key Issues When Simultaneously Litigating Civil and Criminal Proceedings”, For the Defence (Vol. 37, No. 1)
“Summary Judgment Motions: Where Are We Now? (An Appellate Perspective)” The Advocates’ Society Summary Judgment Motions conference, May 27, 2016 (with Tanya A. Pagliaroli)
“Honour Among Businesspeople: the Duty of Good Faith and Contracts in the Energy Sector”, (2015) 53 Alta. L. Rev. 349 (with Neil Finkelstein, Brandon Kain, and Craig Spurn) (Reproduced with permission of Alberta Law Review)
“The Art of Juggling: Defending Concurrent Criminal, Civil, and Professional Discipline Proceedings” (2014) 43 Adv. Q. (with Christopher A. Wayland)
“The Digital and Internet Age Meets the Law of Search and Seizure” as the S.C.C. Clarifies the Law on Search Warrants and Computers in R. v. Vu, (2014) Canadian Privacy Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 3
“What are the Implications of the Digital Age Meeting the Law of Search and Seizure? A Comment on R. v. Vu“, Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2014 – Criminal Justice – Litigating a Smarter Charter, February 8, 2014
“Pre-Trial Options for Creditors in Ontario: What’s on the Menu and How You Should Order”, Osgoode Hall Annual Course in Debtor-Creditor Litigation, May 27, 2013 (with Sarit E. Batner)

Conferences Chaired:

  • Strategies and Tips for Maximizing Your Expert Evidence – Ontario Bar Association, October 10, 2017 (co-chaired with Shaun Laubman)
  • Tackling Injunctions – Ontario Bar Association, May 25, 2017 (co-chaired with Andrea Sanche)
  • Limitation Periods: No End In Sight – Ontario Bar Association, June 16, 2016 (co-chaired with Barry Weintraub)

Owen

Owen M. Goddard

Owen excels in all things criminal law. He has an undergraduate and Masters degree in Criminology. He graduated in the top 10% of his class at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He won several awards in law school, including prizes for the highest grades in both Criminal Procedure and Evidence. After graduating, Owen clerked for the Honourable Justice Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he worked on several key criminal law decisions. Owen is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and teaches evidence to upper year law students.

Owen enjoys complex litigation. He has been counsel on five homicide trials and preliminary hearings. He has represented clients facing complicated criminal charges, including fraud, breach of trust, and sexual assault complaints involving numerous complainants.

Owen is also a discreet and persuasive negotiator. He has negotiated resolutions for many professionals charged with serious offences. It is because of these skills that Owen is preferred counsel for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and acts for teachers charged with criminal offences.

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In addition to his trial work, Owen is also a skilled appeal lawyer and has argued cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also has experience in regulatory proceedings.

He has worked on prosecutions for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has acted for clients before administrative tribunals including at the Ontario Review Board and in Coroner’s Inquests.

Prior to founding Goddard Nasseri LLP, Owen summered at the Downtown Crown Attorney’s Office and worked as an associate for the now Honourable Justice Breese Davies.

Owen’s Litigation Experience includes:

  • Defending teachers and nurses charged with criminal offences, including assault, sexual assault, and theft
  • Defending people charged with financial crimes, including fraud, breach of trust, and money laundering
  • Defending people charged with offences like trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Defending clients who have been charged with manslaughter and murder
  • Arguing appeals against convictions and sentences at the Court of Appeal
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Owen

Owen M. Goddard

Owen excels in all things criminal law. He has an undergraduate and Masters degree in Criminology. He graduated in the top 10% of his class at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He won several awards in law school, including prizes for the highest grades in both Criminal Procedure and Evidence. After graduating, Owen clerked for the Honourable Justice Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he worked on several key criminal law decisions. Owen is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and teaches evidence to upper year law students.

Owen enjoys complex litigation. He has been counsel on five homicide trials and preliminary hearings. He has represented clients facing complicated criminal charges, including fraud, breach of trust, and sexual assault complaints involving numerous complainants.

Owen is also a discreet and persuasive negotiator. He has negotiated resolutions for many professionals charged with serious offences. It is because of these skills that Owen is preferred counsel for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and acts for teachers charged with criminal offences.

In addition to his trial work, Owen is also a skilled appeal lawyer and has argued cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also has experience in regulatory proceedings.

He has worked on prosecutions for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has acted for clients before administrative tribunals including at the Ontario Review Board and in Coroner’s Inquests.

Prior to founding Goddard Nasseri LLP, Owen summered at the Downtown Crown Attorney’s Office and worked as an associate for the now Honourable Justice Breese Davies.

Owen’s Litigation Experience includes:

  • Defending teachers and nurses charged with criminal offences, including assault, sexual assault, and theft
  • Defending people charged with financial crimes, including fraud, breach of trust, and money laundering
  • Defending people charged with offences like trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Defending clients who have been charged with manslaughter and murder
  • Arguing appeals against convictions and sentences at the Court of Appeal

Janani

Janani Shanmuganathan

Janani is a passionate and dedicated advocate. Her track record speaks for itself. She has argued more than 30 appeals at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has argued at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. She was counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Nur, the first case in over 30 years where the Supreme Court found a mandatory minimum sentence unconstitutional and struck it from the Criminal Code. Janani is now one of Canada’s leading experts on challenging mandatory minimum sentences, having been part of four other successful challenges.

Janani is also a skilled trial lawyer. She was co-counsel on two successful homicide trials, including a first-degree murder trial that

involved her client ‘confessing’ to the police at the end of a Mr. Big operation. She has represented clients charged with all kinds of offences and has won acquittals in complex cases involving drugs, sexual assaults and bodily harm.

In addition to criminal law, Janani also does regulatory work, defending professionals subject to investigations and disciplinary proceedings. She has defended lawyers before the Law Society of Ontario on interlocutory suspensions, good character hearings, and discipline proceedings. Janani also acts for health professionals regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Outside of the courtroom, Janani teaches other lawyers, law students, and undergraduates. She lectures at legal education programs on trial and appellate advocacy. She has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and in the undergraduate Criminology program at the University of Toronto. She is also published in the Supreme Court Law Review and wrote a chapter in a recent textbook on prosecuting and defending drug charges (Prosecuting and Defending Drug Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook (2019), Emond Publishing: Toronto).

Janani started her legal career as an articling student at Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein, one of the country’s leading criminal law firms, and was a lawyer at Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers and Erin Dann Barrister before joining Goddard Nasseri LLP as a partner. She received her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Criminology and her law degree from the University of Toronto.

Janani

Janani Shanmuganathan

Janani is a passionate and dedicated advocate. Her track record speaks for itself. She has argued more than 30 appeals at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has argued at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. She was counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Nur, the first case in over 30 years where the Supreme Court found a mandatory minimum sentence unconstitutional and struck it from the Criminal Code. Janani is now one of Canada’s leading experts on challenging mandatory minimum sentences, having been part of four other successful challenges.

Janani is also a skilled trial lawyer. She was co-counsel on two successful homicide trials, including a first-degree murder trial that involved her client ‘confessing’ to the police at the end of a Mr. Big operation. She has represented clients charged with all kinds of offences and has won acquittals in complex cases involving drugs, sexual assaults and bodily harm.

In addition to criminal law, Janani also does regulatory work, defending professionals subject to investigations and disciplinary proceedings. She has defended lawyers before the Law Society of Ontario on interlocutory suspensions, good character hearings, and discipline proceedings. Janani also acts for health professionals regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Outside of the courtroom, Janani teaches other lawyers, law students, and undergraduates. She lectures at legal education programs on trial and appellate advocacy. She has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and in the undergraduate Criminology program at the University of Toronto. She is also published in the Supreme Court Law Review and wrote a chapter in a recent textbook on prosecuting and defending drug charges (Prosecuting and Defending Drug Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook (2019), Emond Publishing: Toronto).

Janani started her legal career as an articling student at Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein, one of the country’s leading criminal law firms, and was a lawyer at Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers and Erin Dann Barrister before joining Goddard Nasseri LLP as a partner. She received her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Criminology and her law degree from the University of Toronto.