William LeMay Named a Rising Star
On November 25, 2010, the Lexpert® Rising Stars Under 40 were introduced at a gala dinner and awards presentation at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.
William LeMay, a partner and chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety & Insurance and Occupational Health practice groups, was voted in as a winner by the Rising Stars Advisory Committee. The selection criteria were:
- deals, cases and/or files;
- community or professional involvement, or pro bono work;
- contribution to firm profitability;
- adaptability to change;
- education, awards and affiliations; and
- team player qualities.
Here is how Lexpert® described Will at the awards presentation:
Will LeMay is a partner and practice group leader at Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Representative mandates include a successful challenge to the WSIB’s policy of paying benefits even absent a loss of earnings, and convincing an arbitrator to uphold a discharge in a lengthy and complex case over 18 hearing days that required LeMay to lead expert evidence, conduct an accident scene investigation, address claims that the grievor was suffering from a psychological condition, and defend against discrimination and harassment allegations.
As Chair of the WSIB/OHSA practice group, LeMay has developed strategies for current clients on WSIB and OHSA work, as well as developing new clients. Initiatives include developing client awareness of the WSIB’s approach to LOE benefits and helping clients develop best practices for dealing with the WSIB; developing client awareness of the WSIB’s fatal premium adjustment policy; and developing tools for clients to conduct reviews of their disability management processes.
LeMay also speaks and writes regularly, and has developed alternative billing arrangements for clients, including flat-fee and project pricing. He is also developing a WSIB and OHS training program and providing hands-on training for young lawyers and is a mentor to a firm-high three associates as well as an articling student.
LeMay’s community work includes acting as a board member and Vice-chair of the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario and raising funds for the Rick Jackson Scholarship at Queen’s University.