The Core Litigation Team

Yan David Payne

Founder, CEO

Yan David Payne, B.A.(Hons), LL.B. is in his 20th year of practice as a Litigator.  He is a Certified Civil Litigation Specialist with an impressive track record, and the Senior Managing Lawyer here at Payne Law.    Read More

James R.D. Clark

Senior Litigation Lawyer

James R.D. Clark, H. BSc., LL.B., is a seasoned litigator in his 20th year of practice and with numerous trials to his credit.  Prior to joining the Payne Law team, James was a named partner in a Bay Street litigation boutique where he practiced for over 17 years.  Read More

Eli Smolarcik

Litigation Lawyer

Eliyahu (Eli) Smolarcik, B.A., J.D., is an exceptional litigator with a proven track record at the Superior Court of Justice and at the Ontario Court of Appeal levels, as well as before the Ontario Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, and various tribunals. Read More

Rishi K.C. Sharma


Rishi K.C. Sharma, B.A. (Hons), J.D., L.L.M., commenced his legal career as a Prosecutor with the Queensland Police Service in Australia assisting victims obtain justice through skillful advocacy, attending court on a regular basis.  Since his return to Canada, Rishi has broadened his litigation experience to include negligence, civil, and commercial litigation cases continuing to build on his previous successful results.  Read More

Megan Oxenham

Office Manager

Megan Oxenham, B.A., is the firm’s office manager and senior litigation clerk. She has been part of the Payne Law Litigation Team for 15 years. Read More



Vidya Mohan, B.A. (Hons.), is an experienced law clerk who has spent the past 5 years supporting litigation counsel (first as a legal assistant and more recently as a law clerk).  She obtained her B.A. (Hons.) in 2015 and her paralegal diploma in 2018.  Read More



Mina Haider, B.A.(Hons.) is our legal assistant.  She graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) in legal studies and also obtained a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the University of Guelph.  Her broad work experiences encompass management, coaching, training, and client engagement.

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