Laurie H. Pawlitza

Torkin Manes LLP

151 Yonge St, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5C 2W7
Phone: (416) 777-5192
Fax: (888) 463-8132

Partner, Family Law. Acts in disputes involving high incomes and significant property. Practice includes mediation and arbitration. Appears in Courts at the trial and appellate levels. Between 2010 and 2012, elected as the 63rd Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of Ontario, the regulator governing all lawyers and paralegals in Ontario; only the third woman since the Law Society was founded in 1797 to hold this office. An elected Bencher (Director) of the Law Society of Ontario (2003–2012), and co-Chaired the Justicia Project, aimed at advancing women lawyers within the profession, a project that has now been adopted by a number of other provincial law societies. Chairs Federation of Law Societies of Canada Canadian Common Law Program Approval Committee and is Ontario’s representative to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Council. Elected to the Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, based in London, UK. Named in the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada" in 2012 and also received an Honourary Doctorate from the Law Society of Ontario in the same year for her work, in particular on the Justicia Project. Writes and speaks on issues relating to family law, professionalism, legal education and women's issues in the profession.

Year Called to the Bar:1986 (ON)
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