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Meet Jacob R. W. Damstra

Plaintiff Class Actions Lawyer

"Every class proceeding provides a unique opportunity to find solutions to difficult and demanding problems. With diligence and creativity, class actions can provide both access to justice and the efficient and final resolution of countless legal claims."

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Professional Highlights

  • Partner (2022-Present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2016-2021)
  • (Professional) – Lecturer, Western Law, Appellate Advocacy – Wilson Moot Team, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for Ontario (2015 to 2016)
  • Summer Student, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP (2014)
  • Canadian Armed Forces Officer, Primary Reserve, 1st Hussars, London (2011 to present)
  • Director, Board of Directors, Changing Ways
  • Director, Board of Directors, Urban Roots London

  • Appearances at all levels of court in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada
  • 1688782 Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc., 2020 SCC 35, aff’g 2018 ONCA 407
  • Krieser v. Garber, 2020 ONCA 699
  • Alkin Corporation v. 3D Imaging Partners Inc., 2020 ONCA 441
  • Tuffnail v. Meekes, 2020 ONCA 340
  • Farej et al v. Fellows, 2020 ONSC 3732
  • King v. King, 2019 ONCA 950
  • Peralta v. Peralta, 2019 ONSC 2852 (appeal from arbitration decision)
  • Northern Bruce Peninsula (Municipality) v. Dolson, 2018 ONCA 895
  • Fanshawe College v. Hitachi, Ltd. et al, S.C.J. File No.: 59044CP (London) (Acted as amicus to the Superior Court of Justice on a class counsel fee approval motion)
  • Kapoor v. Kuzmanovski, 2018 ONSC 4770
  • Isaac et al v. Matuszynska, 2018 ONCA 177, leave to appeal to S.C.C. dismissed 2018 CanLII 105395
  • Kueber v. Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, 2018 ONCA 125, leave to appeal to S.C.C. dismissed 2019 CanLII 3754
  • Dale v. Frank, 2017 ONCA 32, leave to appeal to S.C.C. dismissed 2017 CanLII 66745
  • Elguindy v. St. Joseph’s Health Care London, 2017 ONSC 4247, 2017 ONSC 5360 (Div. Ct.)
  • Hollowcore Incorporated v. Visocchi, 2016 ONCA 600, leave to appeal to S.C.C. dismissed 2017 CanLII 4183

  • Guest, "The Legalities of a Naturalized Lawn", CBC London Morning with Rebecca Zandenberg, June 2022
  • Reinforcing the Primacy of Privilege: Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada and Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary”, Paper delivered at the 12th Annual Straight from the Bench Civil Litigation Conference, Middlesex Law Association, London, ON, 8 June 2017
  • “Heroic or Hypocritical: Corporate Social Responsibility, Aboriginal Consultation, and Canada’s Extractive Industries Strategy” Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 25 1 (2016)
  • “20 Years Lost – Time for Change in Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights” Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 27, 1 (2015)
  • “Foreign Classes Bringing Canadian Actions: Lessons Learned from the Case against Anvil Mining Limited”, Canadian Class Action Review 9, 2 (2014)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Ones to Watch, Corporate and Commercial Litigation/Health Care Law
  • Business London Top Twenty in their 20s Award
  • Recipient, Canada 150 Medal, Parliament of Canada (2017)
  • Trandafir Writing Competition Prize in Transnational Law (2015)
  • 1st Place Written Arguments, Oralist Prize, Jessup International Law Moot (2014)
  • Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize in Canadian Class Actions (2013)
  • Royal Canadian Armour Corps Student-Soldier Achievement Bursary (2013)
  • Cohen Highley LLP Award, Western Law (2014)
  • Winner, Lenczner Slaght Legal Ethics Advocacy Competition (2013)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012)
  • Garrison Community Council Student Bursary, Canadian Armed Forces (2012)
  • UWO Gold Medal, Honours Specialization in International Relations (2012)

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • (Volunteer) – Coach/Trainer, London Bandits Minor Hockey Association, London Junior Mustangs Hockey Association, Dorchester Minor Hockey Association, 2014-Present
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2016)
  • Juris Doctor, Western University Faculty of Law (2015) - Graduate with Distinction
  • Master of Arts (History), Western University, Department of History (2015)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Western University, Faculty of Social Science (2012) – Gold Medalist

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