Farhad Shekib

Partner | T. 416-901-9984 

Farhad Shekib is a litigator and Co-Founder of Pinto Shekib LLP.

As a refugee from Afghanistan, Farhad learned at a young age to remain calm in the face of adversity, while successfully establishing his place in Canadian society. As a litigator, these skills have allowed Farhad to represent some of Canada’s largest public and private corporations, including banks, insurance companies and closely held family businesses, in disputes with millions of dollars at stake.

At Pinto Shekib LLP, Farhad’s litigation practice focuses on Employment Law; Wills, Estates & Trusts Disputes; Real Estate Litigation; Commercial Litigation; and Insurance Disputes.

In his employment practice, Farhad represents non-unionized employees and employers before Ontario Courts and Tribunals in a range of employment disputes, including wrongful dismissal litigation and human rights disputes. Farhad is frequently retained by employers to conduct workplace investigations and to draft employment agreements and workplace policies.

In estate disputes, Farhad acts for beneficiaries, power of attorneys and estate trustees in a wide range of cases, such as dependant support applications, guardianship applications and will challenges.

Farhad’s real estate and commercial litigation practice focuses on contract disputes, shareholder and partnership litigation, injunctions, commercial leasing disputes and aborted real estate purchase and sale litigation.

Through his insurance practice, Farhad has represented some of Canada’s largest insurance companies in insurance defence matters and in Directors’ and Officers’ insurance coverage claims. At Pinto Shekib LLP, Farhad acts exclusively for the insured policyholder, and he frequently takes insurance companies to Court over disputes concerning long-term disability, life insurance and property insurance claims.

Farhad was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for his expertise in Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Using peer review methodology, Best Lawyers recognizes lawyers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

Prior to Co-Founding Pinto Shekib LLP, Farhad graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Farhad received his litigation training at the Toronto office of an international Bay Street law firm and at the commercial litigation group of a mid-sized Bay Street law firm.

Farhad routinely hosts legal education seminars on civil litigation, with a focus on trial advocacy, for lawyers across Ontario. Farhad is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Advocates’ Society.


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  • – Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • – Honours B.A., Criminology (Summa Cum Laude), University of Ottawa

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