Yousef Elsohemy is a member of the Civil Litigation department at O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP. He received his Juris Doctor from Western University where he also completed an Honors Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology. Prior to joining O’Connor MacLeod Hanna, Yousef articled and worked as an associate at a respected litigation boutique in downtown Toronto.
Yousef practices in commercial, construction, and real estate litigation, condominium disputes and defamation claims. He has represented clients at all levels of Ontario courts including the Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice, and Ontario Court of Appeal.
Yousef develops a litigation strategy with his clients to set out the goals and direction of any claim or defence right from the outset. No two cases are the same, and neither are clients.
Yousef’s involvement with the local Muslim community while being a life-long resident of Oakville provides him with a unique ability to serve his clients in both a diverse and personal manner. Outside of the office, Yousef enjoys cooking, playing and watching sports, muay thai, and camping.
Yousef considers the cases he has settled without proceeding to court some of his best achievements. Yousef is proud to have defended guarantors who provided a continuing guarantee to a major Canadian bank to secure a company loan. In that case, Yousef managed to settle the bank’s claim for a dismissal without costs shortly before the scheduled summary judgment motion by convincing the bank’s lawyer (or the bank itself) that the guarantees were no longer valid due to a material change in the underlying loan that was neither disclosed to the guarantors nor made with their consent.
In another case, when one condominium corporation built a garbage molok right outside the front door of a ground floor unit, the owner retained Yousef to help. Yousef’s client was concerned that the molok was reducing the rental and property value of the investment. However, Yousef convinced the property manager to have the molok removed at the corporation’s own expense with a carefully crafted demand letter threatening an oppression application under the Condominium Act.