Jean-Simon Schoenholz

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Jean-Simon Schoenholz

Jean-Simon Schoenholz

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Jean-Simon Schoenholz is a versatile litigator with a bilingual, bijural 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 before the Supreme Court of Canada. Jean-Simon is also licensed in Québec.

He regularly works on complex matters and 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 also has significant experience participating in high-profile public inquiries.

Jean-Simon frequently advises clients on a wide range of regulatory issues including those relating to official languages obligations. In addition, he regularly advises and represents insurance companies on coverage matters.

Prior to joining us, 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 has coached 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, and the Canadian Bar Association, Supreme Court of Canada Liaison. He regularly volunteers with Pro Bono Ontario's Supreme Court Leave Application Assistance Program. 

Jean-Simon is currently on assignment as counsel with the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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
  • Quebec 2022

Jean-Simon Schoenholz has recently acted as counsel or co-counsel in the following types of matters:

  • Acting as counsel to the Public Order Emergency Commission inquiring into the circumstances that led the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act for the first time in February 2022
  • Counsel for the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association and the Canadian Judicial Council before the quadrennial Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission
  • Intervening on behalf of national associations on matters of constitutional and administrative law and statutory interpretation at the Supreme Court of Canada (British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Provincial Court Judges' Association of British Columbia, 2020 SCC 20; Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Judges of the Provincial Court and Family Court of Nova Scotia, 2020 SCC 21) and in the Federal Courts (Safe Food Matters Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2022 FC 915)
  • Successfully responding to an appeal on a precedent-setting matter relating to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (Kirloskar Technologies (P) Ltd. v. Best Theratronics Ltd., 2022 ONCA 331)
  • 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
  • Successfully responding on behalf of federal Crown corporations, airport authorities, port authorities, and post-secondary institutions to challenges before the Federal Courts (Viaguard Accu-Metrics Laboratory v. Standards Council of Canada, 2022 FC 16; Minéraux Midatlantic Inc. c. Administration Portuaire de Québec, 2021 CF 688) and the Divisional Court (Rengarajan v. University of Ottawa, 2022 ONSC 219)
  • Advising federally regulated entities and Crown corporations on constitutional and administrative law issues and compliance with various legislative and regulatory requirements, including the Official Languages Act
  • Acting for an international construction company in an arbitration relating to an investment in South America
  • Successfully responding, on behalf of an international pharmaceutical company, to an anti-dumping complaint before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
  • Obtaining an urgent injunction on behalf of a national retailer
  • "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
  • 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, Administrative Law, Carleton University, Departmento of Law and Legal Studies (2018 to present)
  • Coach, University of Ottawa, Laskin Moot (2021-2022)
  • Member at Large, Ontario Bar Association, Administrative Law Section (2021 to 2022)
  • 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