Poroshad Mahdi


For Poroshad, one degree wasn’t nearly enough – she has three. For her B.A., she attended the University of Toronto, was on the Dean’s List, and graduated with High Distinction in the top 5 per cent of her class. Staying loyal to the University of Toronto, she got her MA in Political Science/International Relations there at the same time as her law degree (JD/L.L.B). And she was admitted both times with scholarships.

This is just the beginning of Poroshad’s impressive statistics. She was admitted to the Golden Key Society in recognition of academic excellence, and she worked for the journal, International Lawyer, as well as one of Canada’s largest law firms before joining Gelman & Associates in 2004.

As her International Relations degree attests, Poroshad is a bit of a worldly and adventurous spirit. Case in point: She has climbed Ayers Rock and ridden a camel in the Australian outback. She also loves horseback riding but says she looks a bit clumsy on a horse (we assume the camel was even worse.) She loves to travel the world and has visited much of Europe, as well as Russia, China, Japan, Israel, and Alaska. She speaks Farsi but has a little bit of Julia Child in her, as she specializes in cooking French cuisine. Boeuf bourguignon, anyone? (How do you say “bon appetit” in Farsi?)

As a lawyer, Poroshad is very thorough and detail-oriented. She also takes particular pride in responding promptly to her clients’ questions. Because of her diverse interests, some people call her “delightfully quirky,” but don’t let that label fool you. She is also sometimes called the “Serpent in the Rose” because she’s very gentle … until clients need her to fight hard for them. Then, the gloves are off.

The following are some of her more successful/reported cases:
Benevento v. Benevento, 2015 (SCJ – Ontario)
Hernandez v. Hernandez-Trueba, 2008 (SCJ – Ontario)
Szucs v. Freeman, 2007 (SCJ – Ontario)
Bertolin v. Flavelle, 2004 (SCJ – Ontario)

Poroshad Mahdi