Josh Shneer Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2017 - Ontario

Primary office:  Toronto

Josh Shneer

Josh Shneer is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, practising in the global Private Client Services Group. 

Josh’s practice is focused on assisting clients in litigious estate, trust and capacity matters and he is preferred counsel for LawPRO on matters of professional negligence with respect to estate and trust issues.

Josh regularly appears before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (including the Estates and Commercial Lists).

Josh is a volunteer with the Pro Bono Duty Counsel Project, assisting self-represented parties with their civil matters in the Ontario Small Claims Court and with the Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline, providing advice on estates, powers of attorney, civil litigation, and consumer issues to low income clients. Josh also volunteers as a mentor with the Western Law Alumni-Student Mentor Program.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Josh summered and articled at another large international firm.

While at law school, Josh attended the National University of Singapore for an exchange semester, competed as an oralist for and coached the Wilson Moot. He was also an exchange buddy and volunteered with Community Legal Services as an immigration case worker.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
    • Education
      The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Diploma student (in progress)
  • 2016

    • Education
      Western University, JD
  • 2012

    • Education
      Western University, Bachelor of Medical Sciences

Articles & presentations

  • Co-authored, “Will Challenge Evidence”, Canadian Bar Association (2019)
  • Co-authored, “Probate Planning: Is it Worth the Trouble”, Ontario Bar Association (2019)
  • Co-authored, “Discretionary Trusts – Trustees’ Duties and Obligations, and Reconciling Trust Law with Social Policy Goals”, Bnai Brith Canada (2018)
  • Co-authored, “Recent Developments in Solicitors’ Negligence”, Key Developments in Estates and Trusts Law in Ontario, 2017-2018 Edition (2018)
  • Co-authored, “Strategies for Effective Probate Planning”, Ontario Bar Association (2018)
  • Co-authored, “Client Capacity – A Practical Guide to Navigating Ethical and Legal Challenges”, Ontario Bar Association (2018)
  • Co-authored, “Will Challenge Advocacy for Estate Litigators: Expert Witnesses in Estate and Trust Litigation”, Advocates Society (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Libel in the age of the Internet: click with caution” International Law Office (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Court of Appeal clarifies jurisdiction to award costs against non-party” International Law Office (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Gimme shelter: expert testimony immunity” International Law Office (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Trust Rights under the CLA and Federal Insolvency Legislation: How to Square Iona with Atlas” Law Society of Upper Canada: Practice Gems (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Non-Compliance with Carbon Market Rules Can Result in Substantial Penalties” Ontario Bar Association (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Drones as a tool for business” Dentons Insight (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Mandatory inclusionary zoning in Ontario: But what does it change?” Lexology (2017)
  • Co-authored, “Equitable Remedies Available in Commercial Real Estate Transactions” Legal Alert, Vol. 34, No. 6, September 2015