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


Civil trial and appeal counsel in all levels of Ontario courts and administrative tribunals. Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. Advises and represents clients 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; Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association; The Advocates’ Society; L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario; Canadian Defence Lawyers; and Toronto Lawyers Association.
  • Bencher, Law Society of Ontario (2019)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2011-21); Chair, CICMA/CIAA/CDL Roundtable (2016-17); member, CDL Public Policy Secretariat and Diversity Committee
  • Trustee, OBA Foundation (formerly ALERT, 2012-present).   Previously Chair of OBA Foundation Fellowships.
  • Member, OBA Awards Selection Committee (2015-16, 2018-19)
  • Chair, OBA Nominating Subcommittee (2012-13); Duty Counsel for the Advocates Society (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, 20018-20. 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
Ontario Health Professions College Complaints: Some Do’s and Don’ts
September, 23, 2019

Are Section 44 Exam Reports under SABS Subject to PIPEDA Disclosure?
April, 22, 2019

Renewal time for professional liability insurance? Mind the gap!
October 12, 2018

Canadian Court Shuts Down Loan Shark’s Law Suit
August, 16, 2018

Ontario Appellate Court Recognizes Adjusters’ Agency Immunity
May, 5, 2018

Lost in Cyberspace : Legal causation in the age of AI and driverless cars
March 16, 2018

The Low-Down on PIPEDA Requests in Personal Injury Cases
April 21, 2017

Ontario Court of Appeal summarily dismisses appeal under new rule 2.1
May 11, 2015

Does adverse possession apply to exclusive-use condominium common elements in Ontario?
April 28, 2015

GD Blog analysis vindicated: Court finds s. 258.3(8.1) of Insurance Act retroactively scales back PJI rates
April 15, 2015

Bad Faith Claims against Canadian Liability Insurers: Sober Second Thought
April 6, 2015

A Proven Hypothesis: How Deguise v. Montminy helps us better understand Alie v. Bertrand
March 30, 2015

Divisional Court dismisses Groia v. LSUC appeal, reveals flawed strategy
February 2, 2015

Why the new s. 258.3(8.1) of the Insurance Act will retroactively scale back prejudgment interest rates in MVA actions
November 25, 2014

Bhasin v. Hrynew: A New ‘Fair Opportunity’ Doctrine in Canadian Contract Law?
November 18, 2014

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

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