Jean-Simon Schoenholz

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Jean-Simon Schoenholz

Jean-Simon Schoenholz



Jean-Simon Schoenholz is a versatile litigator with a bilingual practice that covers all types of civil, commercial, regulatory, administrative and constitutional matters. Jean-Simon has significant experience before the Federal Courts, he regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario, and he has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. Jean-Simon regularly works on complex matters, including transnational litigation, and he frequently advises clients on issues of public, regulatory and administrative law. In particular, this includes bringing or responding to applications for judicial review on behalf of federally regulated clients, crown corporations, and other federal bodies.

Jean-Simon frequently advises clients on a wide range of regulatory issues including those relating to official languages, privacy, data protection, sanctions, business ethics and anti-corruption, and many others. In addition, he regularly advises and represents insurance companies on coverage matters.

Prior to joining our firm, Jean-Simon served as a judicial law clerk to the Honourable Justice Suzanne Côté at the Supreme Court of Canada. He had previously served as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada.

Jean-Simon teaches Administrative Law with Carleton University's Department of Law and Legal Studies. He coaches the University of Ottawa's team competing in the Laskin Moot in administrative and constitutional law.  He is a member of The Advocates' Society, Young Advocates Standing Committee, the Ontario Bar Association, Administrative Law Section Executive, and the Canadian Bar Association, Supreme Court of Canada Liaison. He volunteers with Pro Bono Ontario's Supreme Court Leave Application Assistance Program. 

Professional experience

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J.D., University of Ottawa, 2016
M.A. (International Affairs), Carleton University, 2016
B.Soc.Sc. (Hons.), University of Ottawa, 2012
  • Ontario 2017

Jean-Simon Schoenholz has recently acted as counsel or co-counsel for the following clients:

  • A national association intervening on matters of constitutional and administrative law at the Supreme Court of Canada 
  • Federally regulated entities challenging decisions by Transport Canada, Health Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before the Federal Courts
  • Federal Crown corporations, airport authorities and port authorities responding to applications before the Federal Courts
  • Multinational transportation, aerospace and security companies seeking advice with respect to procurement-related disputes, including before the Federal Courts
  • Federally regulated entities seeking advice on constitutional and administrative law matters as part of broader government relations initiatives
  • Federally regulated entities and Crown corporations seeking advice on compliance with various legislative and regulatory requirements, including the Official Languages Act
  • An international construction company in an arbitration relating to an investment in South America
  • An international pharmaceutical company responding to an anti-dumping complaint before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
  • A multinational financial institution challenging the jurisdiction of the Ontario courts in a multi-jurisdictional employment dispute
  • A national retailer obtaining an urgent injunction in response to strike action
  • "Insights into Advocacy at the Supreme Court of Canada," Ontario Bar Association, June 12, 2020
  • "Red light, green light: Uber, TELUS and arbitration clauses," AJEFO 2019 Annual Conference, Sudbury, ON, June 22, 2019
  • Coach, University of Ottawa, Laskin Moot (2021 to present)
  • Member at Large, Ontario Bar Association, Administrative Law Section (2021 to present)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Supreme Court of Canada Liason (2020 to present)
  • Member, The Advocates' Society, Young Advocates Standing Committee (2020 to present)
  • Contract instructor, Carleton University, Departmento of Law and Legal Studies (2018 to present)
  • Member at Large, Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawers Division (East) (2019 to 2021)
  • Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • English
  • French