About Me

Rafeena has over 15 years of experience in civil litigation. She started her legal practice as being recognized as the first woman of colour called to the Bar in Prince Edward Island, after having clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. She has been called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario.

Her career has been balanced between acting on behalf of insurance companies and working on behalf of the under-represented in the fields of human rights and social justice.

Rafeena was a Partner at a prominent insurance defense firm that she called home for over a decade. She has been involved in thousands of insurance matters as counsel for her insurance clients including complex tort MVA, occupier liability, product liability, property damage and oil spill matters. She has successfully argued before various levels of court and attended numerous out of province matters representing her insurer clients.

In terms of social justice and human rights, in the role of Program Director and Senior Legal Counsel, Rafeena dedicated three years to developing and overseeing a collaborative health justice program with Osgoode law school’s student legal clinic (CLASP), a community legal clinic (RCLC), Pro Bono Ontario and local community health centers to provide legal services and representation to those experiencing mental health crises. She has represented her clients at various administrative tribunals including but not limited to the Human Rights Tribunal, Social Justice Tribunal, Landlord Tenant Board, and in workplace disputes.

There was also a one year sabbatical volunteering overseas as the Director of a Human Rights organization in Cameroon, Africa. While in Cameroon, Rafeena directed a Center for Mediation program wherein international law students would resolve disputes between local Cameroonian litigants.

Rafeena is currently an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln Alexander School of Law (Ryerson University) teaching civil procedure and practice. She is a Vice Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario where she is an active adjudicator and mediator for Tribunal.

She is also a certified yoga teacher (trained in Bali, Indonesia) and very passionate about mindfulness.

Read more about her here:  https://guyanachronicle.com/2023/01/08/guyana-born-adjunct-professor-is-a-woman-of-pedigree/