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Zohaib Maladwala Toronto Lawyer

Zohaib I. Maladwala *

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2010
Language(s) English, Urdu
Office(s) Toronto
*practising through a professional corporation


Zohaib Maladwala is a commercial litigator with particular expertise in class action defence and product liability litigation. Zohaib provides practical, business focused advice to multinational clients across a variety of industries including life sciences, industrial and consumer products, automotive, banking and professional/financial services. He is Associate Vice-Chair of Fasken’s Ontario Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.

Zohaib has significant class actions experience in a wide range of practice areas including product liability, competition/antitrust, consumer protection and privacy. A selection of his experience includes representing a multinational pharmaceutical company in numerous class actions alleging negligent design/manufacture and failure to warn, defending a global auto maker in a diesel fuel emissions class action and representing a major consumer electronics manufacturer in a series of class actions alleging price-fixing in the electronics industry.  Zohaib’s product liability expertise extends to defending manufacturing clients, including consumer and industrial product manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, and automotive companies, in individual actions involving allegations of defective design/manufacture and failure to warn.

Zohaib has acted as lead counsel before all levels of Court in Ontario and has appeared before trial courts in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. He has also assisted in appeals that have been heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and has represented clients in commercial arbitrations. 

In 2021, Zohaib was recognized as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 and as a Rising Star (Product Liability) at the International Financial Law Review’s Rising Stars Awards Americas 2021.  Zohaib is listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Leading Lawyer to Watch in Class Actions) and in the Rising Stars Expert Guide (Product Liability/Life Sciences). Benchmark Litigation also lists Zohaib as a Future Star in Litigation and recognizes him on the Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List.


Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • JD University of Western Ontario
  • BA Hons (with distinction) University of Toronto

Community involvement

  • Pro Bono Law Ontario Duty Counsel Project
  • Merit Award Bursary Program
  • Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Intermediate Member, The Advocates' Society


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Speaker Common Pitfalls in Drafting Commercial Agreements Fasken Toronto Mini-Symposium 2018 location location Toronto, ON
Practical Ways In-House Counsel Can Use Legal Project Management location location Toronto
Creative Tools for Unlocking the Value of Litigation Claims location location Toronto


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