Shantona co-founded Pape Chaudhury LLP in 2018. She has an active and varied litigation practice, acting for both individual and institutional clients in matters involving commercial litigation, class actions, torts, professional discipline, professional negligence, judicial review, administrative, constitutional, and national security law. Shantona has particular expertise in appellate litigation, having been counsel in over 40 cases at the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also appears before the Superior Court, the Federal Court, and administrative tribunals.
Shantona’s abilities are recognized by the profession: she is ranked in the Chambers Guide to Canada’s Leading Lawyers, the Canadian Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation. In 2020, she was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Lexpert recognized her as a ‘Rising Star’ in 2017, and she was named to Benchmark’s ‘Under 40 Hot List’ in 2018 and 2019. Shantona’s skills are also recognized by the courts; she has been appointed amicus curiae by the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada.
Shantona is the co-Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a national non-profit organization offering advocacy training to counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a former law clerk to Justice Ian Binnie.
Shantona is fluently bilingual in English and French and was called to the Bar in both Ontario and Québec in 2007. She obtained her B.C.L. (Master’s in Law) from the University of Oxford; her B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University; and her M.A. & B.A.H. from Queen’s University. Prior to starting practice, she trained as a Middle Temple Fox Scholar pupil barrister in London, interned at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, interned at the Parliament of Canada, and worked in the music industry.
Updated Aug 2021