Profile - Sania Chaudhry

Sania Chaudhry

Labour, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer, Workplace Investigator

Law SchoolPeter A. Allard School of Law, UBC
HometownVancouver (but now I live in Calgary)
Bar CallsAlberta (2019) and British Columbia (2023)
Awards2023 Rising Star Award (South Asian Bar Association – Calgary);
2023 Excellence Award – Female Trailblazer of the Year (Private Practice) (Canadian Law Awards);
2022 Top 30 Under 30 (Alberta Council for Global Cooperation);
2022 Women Who Inspire (Canadian Council of Muslim Women);
2022 Community Crusader (South Asian Inspiration Awards); 2023 Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers: Changemakers
LanguagesEnglish, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
Ice Cream FlavourVanilla
If I wasn’t a lawyer I would beA law or sociology professor
Book Recommendation“Where is Your Body?: And Other Essays on Race, Gender and the Law”, Mari J. Matsuda
Community WorkEverything and anything DEI (too many to list)

about Sania

I am passionate about helping clients find peace of mind and the best path to move forward.

I am an employment, labour, human rights lawyer. I also do workplace investigations and respectful workplace training. I love helping both employees and employers in Alberta and BC. I have extensive experience appearing before different levels of court and tribunals, as well as reaching successful settlements and negotiations for clients, since 2018.

Before law school, I worked in social science research on marginalized youth health and volunteered with a food bank and a legal advocacy non-profit assisting marginalized women and underprivileged students, both causes dear to my heart due to my own lived experiences. During law school, I was active in working and volunteering for several different legal journals and clinics which allowed me round out my practical skills. Currently, I am also doing my Masters of Law part time with my thesis focusing on critical race theory and bias in administrative procedure. 

My approach to all the work I do is grounded in an intersectional lens focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion. I am an empathetic leader focused on giving everyone grace, a safe space, and the permission to be authentic and learn from mistakes. As a passionate advocate, I bring my own intersectional lived experience and my commitment to lifelong learning to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, wellness and respect in the workplace.

I am very active in my community and I believe my community work also informs my ability to be an effective and insightful lawyer. My op-ed highlighting intersectionality and mental health in the legal profession, as well as advice for employers in the legal workplace, was published in the Globe and Mail in 2022 and I have published other articles elsewhere as well over the years on legal education in anti-racism, race, policy, ongoing colonization, missing and murdered women, sexuality, Islamophobia, homophobia, and power in society as well as power dynamics in small groups, in peer-reviewed journals based on my social science and legal research.

client reviews

Sania Chaudhry was very knowledgeable thorough and helpful throughout the process. At at time when I needed help she answered my questions and supported me.
– Aly A.

I highly recommend Sania Chaudhry.She is empathic, kind, professional and very knowledgable. She is able to formulate well researched and thought out arguments for her clients. BIPOCs should be aware that they do have a chance at proving their cases of discrimination, that unintentional or unconscious bias counts as discrimination in the legal tests (something that many lawyers also either are unaware of or unable to see due to their own privilege), and that if we take an approach informed by lived experiences and social science research on how bias plays out, we can succeed.
– Vonda B.

Great experience over the years with Forte Law – originally with Sara when living in BC but have worked closely with Sania Chaudhry in the Calgary office since moving to Alberta. Sania helped me immensely in navigating various employment agreements, separation agreements, negotiations, and would highly recommend. Responsive, direct, and empathetic!
– Eric G.

I am so happy and forever grateful to Sania Chaudhry. She specializes on equity, diversity and inclusion, exactly what I was looking for. Sania is empathetic and she focused on my well being. She answered all my questions with great clarity and patience. Sania was highly recommended to me, and I am so thankful for that. Sania’s human rights and critical race theory knowledge was so helpful to me and her explanation of these was instrumental in my decision to go with her. She kept me informed every step of the way, which gave me great peace of mind! I highly recommend Sania and her firm for your legal needs!
– Shirley C.

I am an Indigenous woman that is an immigrant to Canada, I had the horrible experience of being harassed and discriminated against by an organization; finding Sania Chaudhry felt like a gift from Creator. Sania helped me navigate this case in such a kind, humble and respectful way, she guided and supported me as well as allowed me to use my Indigenous culture to mediate this horrible experience. She embodies what true reconciliation can look like in law, she is a very powerful and knowledgeable lady. Thank you!
– Susana B.

I utilized an employment lawyer at Forte Law in Surrey, Sania Chaudry and had great results. Sania was very strategic and provided great value and ROI.
– Virgil E.

Was very impressed with the knowledgable services provided by Sania Chaudhry. She was very professional and at the same time sympathetic during a very difficult time. Would recommend Forte Law and Sania to anyone.
– Simone R.

Sania in the news

Canadian Bar Association | Bias and Baker

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Leader Talks Podcast | Season 2, Episode 5 – “Anti-Asian Racism: Preparing for a Changing Workforce” (Guest: Sania Chaudhry)

The Globe and Mail | Can I refuse a severance package and negotiate for me?

The Asian Tribune | Asian Star: Sania Chaudhry

Canadian Bar Association Every Lawyer Podcast | Mental Health in the Legal Profession

The Globe and Mail | Legal profession needs to act on barriers facing historically disadvantaged groups

Law Matters (CBA National) | Moving beyond diversity and inclusion

This is What a Lawyer Looks Like | Meet Sania Chaudhry: finding balance

Law Matters (CBA National) | Anti-racism as part of continuing professional development

Good Morning Calgary | Termination during COVID-19 and CERB return policy

The Globe and Mail | Will I still be eligible to claim CERB if I’m terminated?