Vanshika Dhawan

Vanshika Dhawan

Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Phone: 416-955-4800 Ext. 340
Fax: (416) 972-1499
dhawan@gluckstein.com

Vanshika is a fierce advocate for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Prior to joining the Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein team in 2023, Vanshika articled at a litigation boutique in Toronto, assisting with sexual abuse and assault cases. Her practice continues to focus on representing survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. She is passionate about helping survivors better understand and navigate the legal system. 

Vanshika graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Her practice is informed by her undergraduate research into the neurobiology of trauma and her Masters research in sexual assault and survivor discourses in the Canadian criminal justice system. While at law school, Vanshika volunteered with Advocates for Injured Workers and helped to provide legal support for clients in need. Additionally, she assisted with her expertise in advocacy and education in the areas of constitutional rights at the David Asper Centre.

She is currently a Board Member on the Board of Management of the 519, a City of Toronto Agency that serves the 2SLGBTQ+ community. When not practicing law, Vanshika enjoys writing, reading fiction novels, going to the theatre, and being by the ocean.

Memberships

  • Member of Law Society of Ontario
  • Member of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
  • Member of The Advocate’s Society 
  • Member of the Toronto Lawyer’s Association
  • Member of Group of Racialized (Ontario) Women Lawyers (GROWL)
  • Board Member, The 519 Board of Management

Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2023

Education

  • BMSc (Honours) - University of Western Ontario, 2018
  • MA, Professional Communications - Toronto Metropolitan University, 2019
  • JD - University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2022