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Vladimira Ivanov is an experienced civil and regulatory litigator with a proven track record of success in the courtroom. Vladi brings her broad experience and strategic approach to bear in solving her clients’ most difficult problems. Vladi takes a thorough and tenacious approach to her cases. She excels at mastering the granular details and evidence that tell her client’s story. At the same time, she sees the big picture strategy that will drive toward the desired result.

Vladi represents individuals and businesses of all sizes involved in litigation before the Superior Court of Justice (including the Commercial List), the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, and professional regulatory tribunals. Vladi also acts for clients involved in confidential arbitral proceedings.

Educational and professional background

Prior to founding her practice in January 2022, Vladi was a partner at Ross Nasseri LLP, a litigation boutique in Toronto. Vladi previously also practiced as a lawyer and articled in the litigation department of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. 

Vladi was called to the bar in Ontario in 2015. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Advocates’ Society, and the Canadian Bar Association.

Vladi holds a Bachelor of Laws in both Civil Law and Common Law (B.C.L./LL.B.) (2014) and a Bachelor of Arts (2010) with First Class Honours from McGill University. 

Community involvement

Vladi has been invited to speak at numerous continuing professional education programs relating to advocacy and litigation skills. She is a regular volunteer at the Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline, through which she offers summary advice and assistance with drafting letters and court materials to Ontarians who are unable to access paid legal services. She is active in mentoring and supporting junior members of the legal profession.

NOTABLE CASES

Vladi’s work spans the gamut of civil, commercial, and regulatory litigation. Publicly reported decisions in which she has acted as counsel include:

  • Ford v. University of Ottawa, 2022 ONSC 6828: successfully challenged a University’s decision to expel a student on the basis that the process and outcome were unfair and unreasonable
  • Sutton Group-Admiral Realty Inc. v. Taborovska, 2021 ONSC 2837 and 2021 ONSC 5054: successfully resisted the enforcement of a written contract at trial on the basis of the doctrine of non est factum
  • Sokoloff v. Bateriwala, 2019 ONSC 5442: successfully opposed a motion to extend the time to set a matter down for trial after delay by the Plaintiff in pursuing the litigation, and resisted an appeal of this decision before the Divisional Court (Sokoloff v. Bateriwala, 2020 ONSC 7569)
  • Sub-Prime v. 1219076, 2019 ONSC 6100: successfully argued an application with respect to the proper interpretation of a mortgage agreement
  • Agisheva v. Petrov, 2019 ONSC 3872: obtained leave to commence a derivative action on behalf of a closely held corporation for misappropriation of corporate opportunity
  • Sub-Prime Mortgage Corporation v. 1219076 Ontario Limited, 2019 ONCA 581: argued an appeal in which the Court of Appeal clarified the appropriate procedure to be used when a mortgage discharge statement is disputed
  • Lobanova v. Grynyshyn, 2019 ONSC 3064: resisted an injunction to stay an arbitration
  • Benedetto v. 2453912 Ontario Inc., 2019 ONCA 149: acted as counsel on an appeal in which the Court of Appeal addressed how the law of deposits interacts with the law of pre-incorporation contracts under Section 21 of the Ontario Business Corporations Act
  • Bruno-Manser-Fonds v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2018 ONSC 918: successfully resisted an application for a Norwich Pharmacal order in aid of an intended private criminal prosecution
  • Houle v. St. Jude Medical Inc., 2018 ONCA 88: appeared as counsel on an appeal in which the Court of Appeal considered the distinction between interlocutory and final orders in the class actions funding context
  • Blew v. Ontario College of Teachers, 2016 ONSC 8053: successfully resisted an attempted appeal from an interlocutory decision of a professional regulatory tribunal on the basis of prematurity
  • König v. Hobza, 2015 ONCA 885: appeared as counsel on an appeal in which the Court of Appeal considered the effects of settlement offers in the setting of costs

ADDITIONAL WORK

Vladi’s other representative work includes:

  • Acting for a commercial tenant with respect to a dispute regarding the interpretation of a lease
  • Acting for a corporation in a claim of breach of fiduciary duty against a departing business partner
  • Representing the principal of a closely held professional services company with respect to its valuation, buyout, and winding up in the context of a divorce
  • Acting for a family in a neighbour dispute regarding a right of way for use of a driveway and other property line issues
  • Successfully resisting a motion for a certificate of pending litigation and stay of mortgage enforcement proceedings in aid of a claim of breach of contract, breach of trust, and conspiracy
  • Acting for a unitholder in a commercial condominium in an application for relief from oppression under Section 135 of the Condominium Act
  • Acting for defendants in multi-party fraud claims arising from the conduct of a co-defendant business partners or family members
  • Acting for a commercial landlord against a tenant corporation and its directors for breach of the lease, relief from oppression, and failures to comply with the Bulk Sales Act when removing assets from the tenant corporation
  • Successfully resisting a motion for interim possession of industrial manufacturing equipment under Rule 44 of the Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Representing clients involved in a private arbitration hearing to determine a dispute regarding the distribution of the proceeds of the sale of a residential development project
  • Acting for a mortgage lender with respect to a power of sale proceeding
  • Advising and acting for lenders, borrowers, and subsequent encumbrancers with respect to challenges to charges included on mortgage and lien discharge statements
  • Acting as counsel for a litigation guardian to an incapacitated beneficiary of a family trust

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