Hovsep Afarian is a partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto. Hovsep’s practice focuses on providing legal opinions and written advocacy in class actions, complex commercial disputes and insurance matters. He has prepared legal arguments in significant cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and a broad range of administrative tribunals, along with commercial arbitrations.
Hovsep’s published legal writing includes:
- “The Rise and Possible Demise of the National Class in Canada”, (2004) 1 Canadian Class Action Review 67 [co-author];
- “Good Faith in Contracts: A Continuing Evolution”, (2003) Annual Review of Civil Litigation 197 [co-author].
Hovsep’s publications have been cited by the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Hovsep also assists with student training, has delivered presentations on various legal topics at legal conferences, and has authored and co-authored papers published at legal conferences. He also writes blogs with his colleagues in the Opinions Group on the Canadian Appeals Monitor, providing critical commentary on recent appellate cases of interest, and a weekly summary of developments at the Supreme Court of Canada. Hovsep has served the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as a Judicial Research Lawyer and also as a Judicial Law Clerk. He has also worked in the Research Facility of the Ontario Court of Justice.
Hovsep received his BA (Hons.) (summa cum laude) in Political Science and English from York University in 1997. He received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000, where he was awarded the prestigious Hallett Scholarship.
Hovsep was called to the Ontario bar in 2002. He is a member of the National Class Actions Group and has assisted the National Precedents and Opinions Committee.