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Meet Lisa C. Munro, Q.Arb

Plaintiff Class Actions Lawyer

"Class actions provide opportunities to effect change in matters of public importance and widespread interest. They require strategic creativity and tenacity to achieve results, as the stakes are invariably high for all of those who are involved."

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Professional Highlights

  • Managing Partner, Lerners LLP Toronto office (2018 to 2019)
  • Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2017 to 2019)
  • Executive Committee Member, Lerners LLP (2007 to 2019)
  • Practice Group Leader, Lerners LLP Toronto Commercial Litigation Practice Group (2004 to 2006)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2001 to present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (1994 to 2000)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (1992 to 1993)

  • Royal Trust Corp. v. Fisherman (2001), 55 O.R. (3d) 794 (C.A.). Co-counsel for the plaintiffs in a class action for misrepresentation pursuant to s. 130 of the Ontario Securities Act brought by shareholders of YBM Magnex International, Inc., who purchased their shares pursuant to a prospectus and suffered a loss. Motion to determine whether report prepared by YBM’s receiver analyzing causes of action was protected from disclosure to others by common interest privilege. Decision and order granting certification and approving terms of settlement in first major securities class action settlement in Canada at [2002] O.J. No. 1855 (S.C.J.).

  • Awards:
    • Benchmark Canada 2018 Litigation Star
    • Selected by "Women's Executive Network" as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 (2017)
    • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada for corporate and commercial litigation,  alternative dispute resolution and class action litigation (2015 to 2020)
    • Recognized and recommended by Lexpert as a leading cross-border lawyer for corporate commercial litigation, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2016)
    • Selected by peers for inclusion in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for corporate commercial litigation (2016, 2018-2019)
    • Ranked by Lexpert Directory as "consistently recommended" (2016)
    • Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity and Inclusion (2016)
    • Selected by “Diversity Journal” as a recipient of its 2015 Women Worth Watching Award
    • Scouts Canada Medal for Good Service (2006)
  • Committees/boards:
    • Member, CBA Entity Regulation Working Group (2015)
    • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (2011 to present)
      • Co-Chair, Executive Committee (2014 to 2017)
      • Chair, Strategic Planning Committee (2015 to 2016)
      • Member, Program Committee (2011 to 2014)
    • Board of Directors, Greater Toronto Scout Foundation (2014 to present)
    • Honourary Legal Counsel, Scouts Canada, Greater Toronto Council (2002 to 2013)

  • Co-Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2019 Annual Symposium (September 19, 2019)
  • Speaker, "International Arbitration and Toronto: Past, present and future" (Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Conference and AGM, May 2019)
  • Panelist, "Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Court", (A Step-by-Step Guide to Bringing a Motion, Law Society of Ontario, April 30, 2019
  • Speaker, "Hearsay, Prior Inconsistent Statements and the Rule in Browne v. Dunn", (The Civil Litigators Survival Guide to Evidence, Osgoode Professional Development Program, April 15, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Advocacy in Arbitration: An Overview" (The Advocates' Society Program "ADR Advocacy: Advanced Techniques", December 11, 2018)
  • Speaker, "How Best to Represent Your Clients" (Ontario Bar Association Program, "Valuable Strategies for Mediating Multi-Party Disputes", October 30, 2018)
  • Co-Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2018 Annual Symposium (September 20, 2018)
  • “Who Can Be a Representative Plaintiff Under Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act, 1992?” (Presented at Canadian Institute Conference, Litigating Class Actions, Toronto, September 30, 2004)
  • "YBM Case Study: Anatomy of a Securities Class Action Settlement" (Presented at Canadian Institute Conference, Litigating Class Actions, Toronto, October 1, 2003)
  • “How to Effectively Handle a Class Action Certification Motion” (Prepared for Pre-Conference Workshop at Canadian Institute Conference, Litigating Class Actions, Toronto, September 29, 2003)

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • ADR Institute of Canada/Ontario
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Bar Association

  • Qualified Arbitrator Designation (QArb), ADRIC
  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (1994)
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Ontario (1992)

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