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


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.

J.D., University of Toronto, 1988, B.A. (Hons.), in English, French, and International Relations, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1985
Ontario, 1990

Areas of Concentration

  • Property and Casualty
  • Large Loss/Catastrophe Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Subrogation
  • Environmental
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Arson
  • Fraud and Coverage Disputes
  • Construction

Additional Information

  • 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 (2011-16); Chair, CICMA/CIAA/CDL Roundtable (2016-17)
  • Trustee, OBA Foundation (formerly ALERT, 2012-16).  Member, OBA Foundations Debates Committee.  Previously Chair of OBA Foundation Fellowships.
  • Member, OBA Awards Selection Committee (2015-16)
  • 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.
  • 2018 co-recipient, OBA’s Joel Kuchar Award for Professionalism and Civility
  • Ontario Bar Association’s Linda Adlam Manning Award, 2013
  • 2014 JusticeNet Patron Council Award