Areas of practice
- Labour & Employment Law
Soma Ray–Ellis, is a Partner and Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labour Law Group. She has extensive experience in employment law and is considered a leading employment lawyer in Ontario. Her practice includes wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, human rights, and privacy law issues. Ms. Ray-Ellis has participated in many high profile litigation matters, most recently as lead counsel to Air India at the Air India Inquiry. Ms. Ray-Ellis recently authored the Discrimination and Human Rights volume for Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, 2008, the premier encyclopedic digest on human rights law. She also co-drafted the original Human Rights Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and has published numerous texts including the Federal Equity Manual, 2002. Ms. Ray-Ellis’ vast experience has also resulted in her being appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Carswell’s Employment Policies that Work. She has also published numerous articles on all aspects of employment and wrongful dismissal law. In addition, Ms. Ray-Ellis has made submissions to the Joint Parliamentary Committee reviewing employment insurance rules. Ms. Ray-Ellis has spoken at various national and international conferences, most recently in Austria, Rome, and South Africa on employment law issues. She has been quoted extensively in national newspapers, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post and has made numerous appearances on CTV National News, CBC Newsworld, and City TV. She has also interviewed on numerous occasions on the topic of employment law and human resource issues on 680 News Radio. For her work, Ms. Ray-Ellis has received numerous awards and distinctions, most recently being inducted into India Abroad Newspaper’s Power List in 2009. She has also been named 2008 Lawyer of the Year (Female) by SABA and has received the Business Leadership award from Women Entrepreneurs of Canada. She is noted in both Canadian Who’s Who and Who’s Who of Canadian Business. Ms. Ray-Ellis was also honoured by the American Biographical Institute, Inc., in 2005 by being named 1 of 1000 Great Women of the 21st Century. Ms. Ray-Ellis has also contributed to the community through her various charitable works including serving on the Board of Directors of Scouts Canada and the Toronto Philharmonia. In 2009, she also chaired the Viennese Ball.