Soma Ray-Ellis

Soma Ray-Ellis

Partner

Soma Ray-Ellis
Contact Information

Soma Ray-Ellis

Partner


T 416.865.6709

F 416.865.6636

E srayellis@grllp.com

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1990
University of Toronto, 1987
Bar Admission

Ontario, 1992
About Gardiner Roberts LLP

For over 100 years, Gardiner Roberts has combined the benefits of a full-service law firm with the dexterity of a mid-sized one. Our focused, cross-disciplinary, one-team approach and commitment to understand your business joins our relevant expertise, immediacy and dedication to providing client-centric, hands-on service. 100% Canadian and fully independent, we offer a level of overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness that larger firms can't touch. Resisting "cookie-cutter" law, Gardiner Roberts has built its name - one rewarding client relationship at a time.

Executive Summary

Soma Ray-Ellis is a Partner and Chair of the Employment and Labour Group at Gardiner Roberts LLP and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

Soma is considered a prominent employment lawyer by the national media and has made numerous appearances on CP24, Global TV, CTV National News, CBC Newsworld and City TV. She is often asked to speak nationally and internationally on employment law issues. Most recently, she chaired a panel discussion at a global conference of lawyers in Amsterdam on the topic of social media and the practice of law and in Shanghai, China, on the topic of the use of social media to educate people on employment related rights.

Soma represents companies and executives in all areas of employment law including wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, employment policies, human rights issues, occupational health and safety, workers compensation, and privacy law issues. Soma has also conducted numerous harassment and discrimination investigations for various Municipalities and Corporations and provides in-house training to organizations on workplace compliance. She has been involved in numerous high profile litigation matters including representing Air India as lead counsel at the Air India Inquiry.

Soma has published extensively. Her works include the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Employment Law, 785 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2015), the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Discrimination and Human Rights, 674 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2013), and the Employment Equity Manual (Carswell). She co-drafted the original “Rules of Practice” for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and also assisted in drafting the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rules of Professional Conduct relating to lawyers practicing mediation.

She has been involved in several high profile investigations including the investigation concerning the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. She has represented significant members of society including CEOs, senators and government officials in highly sensitive matters both nationally and internationally.

Expertise

Articles and Presentations
  • Presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Conference on the topic of “Employment Law 101: Sex, Drugs and Money” (October, 2016)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Employment Law, 785 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2015)
  • A Nuanced Decision on Constructive Dismissal”, The Lawyers Weekly, (May, 2015)
  • “15th Annual Employment Law Summit”, The Law Society of Upper Canada - Continuing Professional Development, (October, 2014)
  • “Ruling Affirms Long-Term Notice for Short-Term Execs”, The Lawyers Weekly, (September, 2014)
  • “Different Owner, Same Liability”, The Lawyers Weekly, (May, 2014)
  • “The Hight Cost of Malicious Prosecution”, The Lawyers Weekly, (March, 2014)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Discrimination and Human Rights, 674 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2013)
  • Employment Equity Manual (Carswell)
Speaking Engagements
  • Chaired a Panel discussion at a Global Conference of lawyers in Amsterdam on the topic of “Social Media and the Practice of Law” (May, 2017)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew on the topic of Sears’ CCAA application (July 2017)
  • Interviewed on CBC Newsworld on the rights of employees in the event of a CCAA application.
  • Interviewed on Global TV on the Effect of Legalization of Marijuana in the Workplace (April, 2017)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew and her client, James Barker, the former General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts regarding his departure from the Argos (February, 2017)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew on the topic of professional firefighters “double hatting” as volunteers in smaller communities (January, 2017)
  • Presented at the 4th Annual Pay It Forward Legal Gala on the topic of “Basic Employment Rights”(December, 2016)
  • Presented at a Global Conference of Lawyers in Shanghai, China on the topic of “The Use Of Social Media To Educate People On Employment Related Rights” (October, 2016)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew regarding her client, Mathieu Chantelois, the immediate last Executive Director of Pride Toronto’s resignation and subsequent controversy including issues involving Black Lives Matter (August, 2016)
  • Presented at a Global Conference of Lawyers in Milan, Italy on the topic of “Enforceability of Non-Competition Covenants” (May, 2016)
  • Presented at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer on the topic of “Breaches of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (May, 2016)
  • Presented at a Global Conference of Lawyers in Cape Town, South Africa on the topic of “Effectiveness of Non-Competition Clauses in Employment Contracts” (October, 2015)
  • Published volume for Halsbury's Laws of Canada (787 pages), on Employment Law, 2015
  • Presented at a Global Conference of Lawyers in Barcelona, Spain on the topic of “Drafting Effective Intellectual Property Clauses” (May, 2015)
  • Interviewed on CTV National News with Katie Simpson on the topic of the Hydro One employee terminated upon making sexist comments on television (May, 2015)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew on the topic of “can what you do in your personal life cost you your job?” (May, 2015)
  • Published article on the topic of “A Nuanced Decision on Constructive Dismissal”, in The Lawyers Weekly (May, 2015)
  • Presented at a Global Conference of Employment Lawyers in New York, U.S.A. on the topic of “Gender Discrimination and Harassment” (October, 2014)
  • Presented at the “15th Annual Employment Law Summit” at the Law Society of Upper Canada – Continuing Professional Development on the topic of “Sex at Work: Navigating Civil Claims, OSHA, etc. (October, 2014)
  • Published article on the topic of “Ruling Affirms Long-Term Notice for Short-Term Execs”, in The Lawyers Weekly (September, 2014)
  • Published article on the topic of “Different Owner, Same Liability”, in The Lawyers Weekly (May, 2014)
  • Presented on the topic of “Employment Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions in Canada” at the Consulegis Global Legal Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland (May, 2014)
  • Instructor on the topic of “Duty to Accommodate – How Far Is an Organization Expected to Go?” at the Osgoode Hall Law School Certificate HR Law for HR Professional Module 2 (April, 2014)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew on the topic of the Ombudsman’s Report on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation involving her client, Eugene Jones, the former President and CEO of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (April, 2014)
  • Published an article on the topic of “The High Cost of Malicious Prosecution”, in The Lawyers Weekly (March, 2014)
  • Interviewed on CP24 Live@Noon with Stephen LeDrew on the topic of women in the workplace (February, 2014)
  • Published 2nd Edition of Halsbury’s Law of Canada volume on Discrimination and Human Rights, for LexisNexis 2013 (674 pages).
Media
 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CBC News interview on the rights for Sears Canada employees

 

Soma Ray Ellis' CP24 Live at Noon - Political analysis and call-in -Bankruptcy puts Sears employees in peril

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 interview with the Argo's GM

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 interview on charges facing firefighters

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 interview on the ex-Pride director and the allegations

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 News interview about the Jian Ghomeshi trial decision

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 News interview about Toronto city and labour union talks

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's Global News interview on legalizing pot Public perceptions

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 News interview about employee rights when getting paid in cash

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CP24 interview about employee comments on social media

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's CTV News interview about employee comments outside of work

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's City TV News interview about Uber drivers

 

Soma Ray-Ellis's Live at Noon interview about Jian Ghomeshi on CP24

 

Soma Ray-Ellis talks about Jian Ghomeshi on CP24

 

Soma Ray-Ellis talks about Gene Jones on CP24

 

Soma Ray - Ellis talks Teachers Strike on Global News

 

Soma Ray - Ellis talks Teachers Strike on CP-24

 

Soma Ray - Ellis talks about cost of firing TTC GM Gary Webster on CP-24

Board Memberships
  • Toronto Philharmonia
  • The Haliburton Club (in support of Scouts Canada)
  • The South Asian Bar Association
  • GS1
Recognition
  • Business Leadership Award (Women Entrepreneurs of Canada)
  • Lawyer of the Year (SABA)
  • Elected Chair, Employment Law Group Consulegis (2 year term)