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R. Lee Akazaki, C.S., B.A. (HONS.), J.D.

 

 

Lee Akazaki

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Email

leeakazaki.com

 

Experience

Civil trial and appeal counsel in all levels of Ontario courts, leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada, and administrative tribunals. Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. Hearings in English and French.

Areas of concentration

Personal Injury; Property Damage; Coverage Disputes; Commercial Law; Professional Responsibility; and Property Title Defence.

Memberships

Law Society of Upper Canada; Ontario Bar Association; The Advocates' Society; L'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario; Canadian Defence Lawyers; and Toronto Lawyers Association.

Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2011-14); Membre, Conseil de direction, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2011-14); Member, Strategic Directions Committee CDL.

Chair, OBA Nominating Subcommittee (2012-13); Duty Counsel for the Advocates Society (2012-13); Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2011-14); Member, Strategic Directions Committee CDL (2012-13).

President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) for the 2010-2011 term. Vice-President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) for the 2009-2010 term. Chair of OBA Governance Committee, 2009-10. Elected member of the OBA Council 2008-10. Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the OBA 2008-09.

Chair of the OBA's Main Continuing Legal Education Committee for the 2008-2009 term. 2008 and 2009 OBA delegate for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. 2008 OBA representative on the Attorney-General for Ontario's Justice Partners Advisory Committee. Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation program for the OBA's Institute of Continuing Legal Education in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Civil litigation representative to the OBA Civil Justice Reform Working Group 2008. Law Society's Certified Specialist Review Group of the Professional Development and Competence Committee in 2007. Founding member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Barrister Advisory Group, which has oversight of substantive competencies of the Barrister Licensing Examination in Ontario 2005-09.

Past-Chair of the Outreach Committee of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (MLST), an organization of doctors and lawyers, and member of MLST Council, 2000-08.

Founding member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.  

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

"BV Distinguished" Rating - 4.4 out of 5.

Awards

  • Ontario Bar Association's Linda Adlam Manning Award, 2013
  • 2014 JusticeNet Patron Council Award

Education

J.D., University of Toronto, 1988, B.A. (Hons.), in English, French, and International Relations, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1985

Called to the Bar

Ontario, 1990


Online Publications

Arbitration and Enigma: Why it's better when made up
June 18, 2014

Judge scolds feuding neighbours, refuses to grant legal remedies
May 21, 2014 

Advocacy Lessons from the Law Society of Upper Canada in re Trinity Western University
April 25, 2014

Gilbertson Davis Lawyer Represents Defence Bar in Ontario Trial Lawyers' Standards Consultation
April 10, 2014

Please also see the Gilbertson Davis LLP Publications webpage and News and Events webpage for additional online and print publications.

 

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