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Emily Lawrence B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.


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Emily has a diverse litigation practice, with an emphasis on civil litigation and public law. She provides pragmatic, creative, and client-focused advice and strategies to individuals, institutions and corporate clients.

She regularly acts for clients in civil and commercial disputes, employment and pension litigation, and administrative law proceedings. She maintains an active hearing practice, and has particular expertise in administrative and civil proceedings involving regulated professionals, both as a prosecutor and defence counsel before regulatory tribunals and the civil courts.

Within the firm, Emily is the head of the firm’s student program.


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, 2011
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Specialization in Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Administration of Justice, LL.B., 2005
  • Concordia University, B.A. (Hons.) (Political Science), 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

Representative Work

  • Inquiry Counsel to The Honourable Mr. Justice Herman J. Wilton-Siegel who was appointed Commissioner of the City of Hamilton's Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry in May 2019. 
  • Acts for a large multinational corporations on complex civil and product liability litigation;
  • Has acted for large and small companies in breach of contract cases with service providers and suppliers;
  • Frequently appears as prosecution counsel and defence counsel for colleges of regulated professionals before discipline committees and on appeal or judicial review in the courts;
  • Represents unions, pension plan administrators and individuals in pension matters, before the courts, the Financial Services Tribunal, and in labour arbitrations; and
  • Acts for executives and other employees in employment and pension matters.

Awards and Honours

Community Involvement

Publications and Presentations

  • Emily regularly speaks at continuing legal education programs and conferences in the areas of administrative law, employment law and professional regulation.
  • Ryder, Bruce, Lawrence, Emily and Faria, Cidalia, What's Law Good For? An Empirical Overview of Charter Equality Rights Decisions (June 1, 2004). Supreme Court Law Review (2d), Vol. 24, p. 103, 2004.

Exceptional Advocates.


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