Mariam Moktar elected second vice-president of the Ontario Bar Association

She previously served as OBA's treasurer and finance chair

Mariam Moktar elected second vice-president of the Ontario Bar Association

Commercial litigator Mariam Moktar has been elected as the second vice president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) for the 2024-25 term.

Moktar’s election marks a significant milestone in her career. She previously served as treasurer and finance chair on the OBA board of directors and will become president in 2026.

Moktar practices commercial litigation at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and is a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for the Ontario—Greater Toronto Area. Her career is marked by her dedication to advocating for court efficiency, broadening access to justice, promoting effective law reform, and ensuring the responsible integration of technology and artificial intelligence.

Born in Somalia, Moktar fled the country following the outbreak of civil war and was raised in Canada by her aunt. She attributes her determination to become a lawyer to the sacrifices made by her family and the opportunities provided by the OBA, an association she praises for valuing diverse experiences and opening doors for its members.

Moktar's legal expertise spans various areas, including commercial litigation, public interest litigation, employment law, human rights law, and administrative law. Her effective advocacy, sound judgment, and exceptional work ethic have earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor for her clients. She has represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Her career began at a leading litigation boutique and a prominent union-side boutique in Toronto before she joined her current firm. Moktar also clerked for various judges of the Superior Court of Justice in the Central West Region and served judges of the Divisional Court.

Moktar's leadership and contributions to the legal profession and community have been widely recognized. The National Bar Association named her one of the “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.”

Moktar’s term as second vice president begins on September 1.

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