Nicole Chrolavicius

Nicole Chrolavicius


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Nicole Chrolavicius is counsel to PooranLaw. She is an experienced litigation lawyer specializing in human rights, disability, employment and administrative law. She has acted for clients across various contexts including before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ontario Superior Court and Divisional Court (Ontario). In an effort to avoid litigation wherever possible, Nicole has also provided advice and representation to clients on forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining PooranLaw, Nicole worked as a human rights lawyer at a small human rights law firm in Toronto and as a general litigation lawyer at a large Canadian firm. After law school, she clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Major of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Nicole is a lecturer in the Osgoode Professional Development LL.M. in the Canadian Common Law program on Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics. In 2020, she was nominated and received the Osgoode Faculty Teaching and Faculty Service Award.

Community involvement and advocacy work

  • Led the charity arm of one of the U.K.’s leading human rights organizations for two years, providing free legal advice to members of the public and winning an award for coordinating the Pro Bono Activity of the Year
  • HIV and AIDS campaigner and activist at an international development organization in London, England


  • Featured in: Women Leading in Law (2018) Cowling Legal Freelance
  • Co-author of a book on privacy law in the U.K.: Blackstone’s Guide to the Identity Cards Act 2006, published by Oxford University Press
  • Co-author of a report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission: Human Rights Issues in National Security: An Inventory of Agency Considerations

Notable cases

  • U. v. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (2011) CanLii 3105 (ON HSARB)
  • C.-W. v. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (2009) 95 O.R. (3d) 48 (Ont. Div. Ct)
  • Benatta v. Canada (Attorney General) (2009) O.J. No. 5392 (ON SC)