P.A. Neena Gupta Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1989 - Ontario

Year of Call: 1988 - Saskatchewan

Primary phone: +1 519-575-7501

Secondary phone: +1 416-862-5700

Fax: +1 519-571-5001

Email: neena.gupta@gowlingwlg.com

Download VCard

Primary office:  Waterloo Region

Secondary office  Toronto

P.A. Neena Gupta

Neena Gupta is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region and Toronto offices. Her practice focuses on a broad range of employment and human rights matters.

Neena has advised a broad range of employers, from startups to world-renowned multinationals, on all aspects of employment law, including employment policies, offer letters, compensation plans, cross-border employment and regulatory compliance in Canada.

Neena regularly advises employers on both compliance and litigation involving the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Canada Labour Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Employment Standards Act, 2001 (Ontario).

A popular and engaging speaker, Neena has been invited to present at the International Bar Association (IBA), Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), the Advocates' Society, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA). She developed the employment law course at Seneca College and taught at both the University of Toronto and Queen's Universities as an adjunct professor at their respective Faculties of Law on human rights.

Neena served for five years as a governor of the Law Commission of Ontario, which focuses solely on law reform, and is currently on the Rules Committee of the Ontario Superior Court. She is a director of TiE Toronto, which is part of an international network supporting entrepreneurship.

In 2002, Neena was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee medal in recognition of her service to the legal profession and the community at large. She received a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2017 in recognition of her demonstrated excellence and thought leadership in the legal profession.

Neena is the president of the Canadian South Asian Club (Wellington-Waterloo) and the corporate secretary of TiE Toronto.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
  • 1989

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1988

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Saskatchewan
    • Rankings & Awards
      Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rating in Labour and Employment, Human Rights and Civil Litigation


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Human Resources Professionals Association
  • Immigrant Working Group (Waterloo Region)
  • Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • TiE Toronto

Neena published a plain language guide on Sexual Harassment: A guide to conducting investigations (2004: Butterworths - LexisNexis) and served as the Legal Review for Human Resources PolicyPro (Ontario edition).

Neena's recent media interviews include:

Previous speaking engagements

Insights & Resources

  • Re-wrote offer letters, policies and provided Canadian compliance training to several large multinational entities with multiple locations in Canada
  • Defended a multinational financial institution on complex issues of systemic discrimination
  • Defended a large national retailer with respect to numerous cases involving wrongful dismissal or constructive dismissal
  • Defended a multinational manufacturer and distributor on allegations of systemic discrimination and racism
  • Assisted several private equity and venture capital firms on employment law issue arising from various investments and/or divestitures
  • Advised numerous employers with respect to the proper conduct of investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination and workplace violence
  • On the board of a publicly-traded junior mining company and a private nutraceutical company

Client work