Laurie H. Pawlitza
Laurie H. Pawlitza
Partner at Torkin Manes LLP
(416) 777-5192
(888) 463-8132
151 Yonge St, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1986 (ON)
Partner, Family Law. Acts in disputes involving high incomes, significant property, and custody and access issues. 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 to hold this office since the Law Society was founded in 1797. 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 several other provincial law societies. Elected to the Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, based in London, UK. In 2012, named one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada" and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Law Society of Ontario 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. Also recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada.
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