ROVENA HAJDËRI is a passionate and tireless advocate for her clients, with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, frequently in a multicultural setting. An effective communicator, Rovena leads with a client service mindset, handling all aspects of civil litigation, from drafting pleadings to trial. Rovena has acted both as lead and co-counsel at trial and has argued various summary judgment motions and applications.
Rovena practices a variety of insurance law, from personal injury and occupiers’ liability, to product liability and property damage claims. She also practices in the areas of condominium law, wrongful dismissal litigation, and human rights applications.
Rovena is fluent in French, Italian and English, and has worked with national and international organizations in the areas of judicial reform and white-collar crime investigation, including the American Bar Association, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the United Nations. She has also gained experience in conflict resolution in Austria, Italy and The Netherlands.
A passionate educator, Rovena helped develop, and also taught, the common law course ‘Legal Writing and Reasoning in a Civil Law Jurisdiction,’ at the Albanian School of Magistrates. The course is still part of the curriculum to this day.
Rovena articled with the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa, which aims at building better justice through leadership in the education of judges in Canada, and internationally. Prior to joining the firm, Rovena practiced law for several years at a well-respected Toronto insurance defence boutique.
Rovena served as a member of the University of Toronto’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP) working group, assisting lawyers qualified to practice law in their home countries put their skills to work in Ontario. This program was awarded an unprecedented grant of $4-million by the Government of Ontario.
Rovena is a member of The Advocates’ Society and serves as an advisor to the Ryerson University LLP Trial Advocacy Program.
Rovena is an accomplished yogini who brings the same strength, flexibility, and clarity of mind required in yoga to the practice of law.
Owen v. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 2022 HRTO 259 (CanLII)
– Successfully acted for The Royal Canadian Yacht Club in a human rights application, dismissing the application as an abuse of process.
Braks v. Dundeal, 2021 ONSC 3891 (CanLII)
– Successfully compelled the in-person rather than virtual assessment of the plaintiff by defence medical experts, as per terms established by the defendants, including location of such assessments. The defence medicals were essential to proceed to trial.
Ip et al. v. Olokun et al., 2019 ONSC 5265 (CanLII)
– Successfully brought a Summary Judgement Motion against plaintiff’s insurer on the basis that client had not consented to vehicle use by uninsured tortfeasor, making that insurer responsible pursuant to UIM. Court ordered the client’s costs in defending the action be paid by that insurer.
Gauthier v. Dollarama Inc.  O.J. No.3677
– Successfully brought a motion on behalf of the defendant to order that the plaintiff undergo a carotid ultrasound as requested by the defence neurologist, necessary to opine on the issue of causation of the claimed stroke. Costs awarded in favor of the defendant.
2129152 Ontario Inc. v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, 2017 ONSC 4713 (CanLII)
– Successfully dismissed a Summary Judgement Motion brought against defendant/insurer by the plaintiff/insured in a significant fire loss claim seeking to enforce an indemnity under a commercial property insurance policy issued to it by the defendant. Decision has been selected to be included in Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Cases on The Law of Insurance, as it was considered it an important case in Insurance Law.
Couture v TSCC No. 2187, 2015 ONSC 7596 (CanLII)
– Application arising out of a conflict between a unit owner and Corp seeking significant damages and getting nominal damages almost at the offer extended by the respondent/client. Hence, no costs were awarded. This case is important in the context of condominium law and is relied upon in such cases. This case has been discussed in various publications, including Condovice Magazine, Award-Winning Publication of the Canadian Condominium Institute, Volume 21, Issue Number 3, Spring 2016, Specific Legal Issues.
Scott Wigmore v. Anita Myler, 2014
– Co-counsel counsel in a four-week jury trial with a favourable verdict for the clients.
Hough v. Amer Sports Canada Inc.  O.J. No. 3543
– Argued the motion in this complex product liability claim involving serious injuries suffered by the plaintiff while skiing and sought the inspection and testing of the ski binding: Hough v. Amer Sports Canada Inc.  O.J. No. 6720. Prepared the appeal materials, which was successful and allowed the inspection and testing of the ski binding followed by the release of the client from the action.
- “Taxi Drivers Owe No Duty of Care to Adult Intoxicated Passengers,” Stieber Berlach website, 2018
- “Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work, Final Report,” Law Commission of Ontario, 2012 (Research lawyer to May 2009)
- The Obligation of Officials and Other Statutory and Prerogative Decision-Makers to Take Account of International Obligations in Exercising Their Powers,” Master of Laws Thesis supervised by David Mullan, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, September 2002
In the media
- Rovena was featured in the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) RARE Finds Profiles, ‘a collection of profiles featuring CBA members who describe – in their own words – the challenges they have met in advancing within the legal profession despite barriers to equality’
- Rovena served as a member of the University of Toronto’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP) working group. Its launch, and accompanying $4-million grant from the Ontario Government, garnered extensive media coverage:
– Toronto Star: “U of T program to aid foreign-trained lawyers,” July 2, 2009
– Globe and Mail: “For Ontario foreign lawyers, accreditation eases …,” July 2, 2009
– Lawandstyle.ca: “Foreign-trained lawyers get $4-million boost“, June 29, 2009
- LLM, Queen’s University
- Equivalent of Bachelor of Law, studies at Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
- Bachelor of Law, University of Tirana, Law School
- Columbia Summer Program in American Law, Columbia Law School of New York and Amsterdam and Leyden Law Schools of Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Peace-keeping/Humanitarian Operations and Election Program, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
- Training of Trainers – Teaching and Writing Skills, Canadian Justice Reform International & Magistrates’ School of Albania, Tirana, Albania
- Conflict Analysis and Negotiation Skills, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna, Austria
- Specialization Course on Conflict Management, Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Stadtschlaining, Austria