Civil Litigation, Family

Jenny Bogod brings diverse interest to her civil, family practice

For Toronto civil litigator Jenny Bogod, a typical day might begin with a settlement conference in court followed by a meeting with a business owner client to discuss a potential claim against a non-paying customer.

Later, she might focus her attention on drafting a claim on behalf of an employee who was wrongfully terminated after many years of service at their place of employment.

“The fast pace is the nature of the practice here at Basman Smith LLP,” says Bogod, an associate who joined the firm in 2015 after completing her articles there. “The civil litigation group has all sorts of things come our way and, personally, I find that that is one of the highlights of the job. I like getting into court as often as possible on a variety of different subject matters.”

Bogod, a first-generation Canadian who was born in Russia and lived in Israel until the age of 13, has had a passion for the law from the time she was in high school and continuing through her undergraduate studies in criminology at York University.

The program was a perfect fit for Bogod, who found she had a great interest in questioning the legal system and its problems such as overcrowded prisons. In fact, she originally planned on entering criminal law.

"I thought, 'I’m going to be a criminal lawyer. I’m going to change the world,'" she says.

But after enrolling in law school at the University of Ottawa, Bogod, however found herself drawn to civil litigation, commercial law and family law.

She was the first participant in the Walsh Family Law Moot — a court simulation — and, it was then, she knew litigation was for her.

“That experience really helped shape my understanding of what I wanted to do. I loved it and it definitely shaped where I am now — practising civil and family law.”

Bogod’s passion for law stands out in her family of medical professionals, including her mother, a doctor who couldn’t practise medicine when she first moved to Canada because she didn't speak English.

“I’m the black sheep,” she says with a laugh, adding that she has always leaned toward the arts, such as literature and history, while her family encouraged her to study medicine.

“I’m drawn to the ability to use facts and legal principles to paint a picture, argue and use reason to arrive at a conclusion — as opposed to relying on set formulas and numbers,” Bogod says.

Although she took a different path, she says she remains close to her family and her roots, and she hopes to serve her cultural community through law. Bogod speaks fluent Russian and Hebrew and she practises her Spanish at every opportunity.

“Language is an asset in this diverse society and I would love to be a contributing member to my own communities within Toronto,” she says. "That’s a driving force for me.”

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