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Courtney Raphael

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2005

Courtney’s success is built on diligence, preparation and her exceptional legal acumen. An intelligent and savvy advocate, she expertly navigates the complex world of civil litigation. Courtney’s ability to narrow issues and develop a strategic framework early makes her a litigator whom clients love to work with.  

Courtney is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Commercial Leasing Group. She practises civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, commercial, municipal and defamation law matters.

Her background in engineering is the foundation of her practice in the construction and product liability areas, including defending architects in professional negligence claims and advising clients on disputes that arise under the Construction Lien Act. In her commercial leasing practice, Courtney advises landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial leasing disputes, including defaults on leases, injunction proceedings and the interpretation of lease agreements.

Courtney has represented clients before boards, tribunals and various levels of court, including the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She also has extensive experience advising clients on litigation matters that fall within the area of municipal law, including a recent victory at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also assisted on another matter at the Supreme Court of Canada, which is now the leading case in Canada relating to the tort of negligent police investigation. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Osgoode Society Canadian Legal History Prize, 2005  

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Contributing Author to the Defamation Chapter, Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Carswell, 2010)


  • The Advocates' Society

Representative Matters

Represented the Region of Durham in successfully reaching a settlement with the City of Oshawa regarding a 12-year legal battle arising from the amalgamation of Durham Region Transit services


  • J.D. (with distinction), University of Toronto, 2004
  • B.A.Sc. (Honours), System Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2001
  • Canadian Securities Course (Honours), Canadian Securities Institute, 1999