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Rahat Godil Toronto Lawyer

Rahat Godil

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2007
Language(s) English, Urdu, Hindi
Office(s) Toronto


Rahat Godil is a business-minded litigator with a diverse practice focusing on complex and high-value commercial and contractual disputes. She is a strategic thinker and leader committed to excellence, professionalism and inclusiveness. Rahat has significant commercial arbitration experience and regularly represents clients in both international and domestic institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Rahat also has substantial experience with joint venture and shareholder disputes, multi-party disputes, class action defence, securities related litigation and constitutional litigation.

Rahat has acted for clients across a range of industries, including natural resources, mining, energy, banking, financial services, telecommunications, automotive, insurance, reinsurance and manufacturers of food, drugs and consumer products. 

Rahat has significant experience providing timely and strategic advice on business-critical legal issues, developing litigation strategy aligned with business goals and effectively advocating for clients before courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals. Rahat routinely represents clients in complex motions, including injunctions, jurisdiction challenges and summary judgement motions.

Rahat has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. She has also appeared before administrative tribunals and worked on matters before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Rahat’s arbitration experience includes international and domestic commercial arbitrations. She has represented clients before sole arbitrators as well as three-member tribunals and is well-versed in the arbitration process and rules, including rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Rahat is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is available for appointment as arbitrator.

Rahat has been recognized as a Lexpert Rising Star, repeatedly recommended for commercial arbitration by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and also recognized for alternative dispute resolution in The Best Lawyers in Canada directory.


  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Commercial Arbitration, Lexpert 2021 to 2022
  • Recognized in Alternative Dispute Resolution in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 to 2022
  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40, Lexpert 2018
Best Lawyers Publication name with laurels The Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized in Alternative Dispute Resolution in Toronto Best Lawyers is an attorney ranking service. For more than 30 years, it has identified lawyers best qualified to represent clients in various jurisdictions and specialities.
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Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • JD University of Toronto
  • BBA, (received Top Graduating Student Award for Management and Economics) University of Toronto

Community involvement

  • 2019 to present Director The Citizens Foundation Canada
  • 2017 to 2019 Director South Asian Bar Association
  • 2017 to 2021 Co-Chair Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 2018 to present Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 2018 to present Member ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
  • 2015 to present Member Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • 2008 to present Member The Advocates' Society

Fasken Institute



Guide, Co-Author Country Comparative Guide on International Arbitration: Canada Chapter The Legal 500
Article, Co-Author Court of Appeal for Ontario Invalidates Foreign Arbitration Clause in Standard Form Contract Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, Vol. 8, No. 1
Article, Co-Author Supreme Court of Canada Addresses Accessibility and Unconscionability in Arbitration Clauses ADR Perspectives ADR Institute of Canada

Speaking Engagements

Speaker Evidentiary Issues on Motions and Applications: Overcoming Problems and Presenting Properly The 2022 Civil Litigator’s Survival Guide to Evidence
Speaker Accelerating Change: Dealing with our Blind Spots in Dispute Resolution International Centre for Dispute Resolution Panel CanArb Week 2021


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