Lauri Reesor is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office and is also the chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Lauri advises a wide variety of both public and private sector employers with respect to labour relations and employment issues, with a particular focus on human rights litigation, pay equity advice and related tribunal litigation, class action litigation and labour arbitrations. Lauri has also developed a strong education law practice representing school boards, including a concentration in special education law.
She works closely with her clients to provide strategic advice designed to meet the legislative and other challenges facing employers.
Lauri is a strong advocate, regularly appearing on behalf of employers, municipalities, school boards and other service providers at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Pay Equity Commission, Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal and before labour arbitrators. Lauri’s practice has taken her to all levels of Court, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Lauri is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and conduct training on issues relating to human rights and special education law, pay equity and other labour and employment issues.
Awards & Recognition
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018)
Workplace Human Rights
The Legal 500 Canada Guide (2015)
Labour and Employment Law
Memberships & Affiliations
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Practice Advisory Committee – Member, Respondent Representative (2015 to date)
Chair and Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton (2017 to date)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Executive Member (Education Law Section) (2014/2015)
Member (Administrative Law, Civil Litigation, Class Actions Law, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law, and Labour & Employment Law Sections)
Advocates’ Society – Member
Victim Services Program of Toronto – Director and Chair (2005-2012)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium” Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (April 30, 2020)
“Dealing with Mental Incapacity and Diminished Capacity issues for Clients and Witnesses,” Law Society of Ontario 8th Annual Human Rights Summit (December 3, 2019)
“Legal Corner: Case Analysis” Ontario Council of Administrators of Special Education (OCASE) Spring Symposium (May 17, 2019)
“Current Trends and Emerging Issues in Student Discipline” Ontario Bar Association’s Institute (February 6, 2019)
“#Metoo in the Fire Sector” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Labour Relations Seminar (January 23, 2019)
“6th Annual Mental Health Law for Children and Youth” Osgoode Professional Development (April 9, 2018)
“Chapter 9: Special Education Law in Canada” Education Law in Canada – A Guide for Teachers and Administrators (October, 2017)
“Your First Application before the Human Rights Tribunal: Interim Steps and Summary Hearings” Ontario Bar Association (November 13, 2017)
“Harassment and Violence Governance at Ontario Colleges” Colleges Ontario (October 10, 2017)
“Pay Equity for Municipalities: The Never Ending Story” Video for AMO Conference (June, 2017)
“Conflicting Rights between Students with Special Needs” OCASE Spring Symposium (May 12, 2017)
“The Obligations of School Boards for Students with Mental Health Disabilities” Osgoode Law Child & Youth Mental Health Conference (January 24, 2017)
“Coping with Violent behaviours in the classroom: safety issues for staff and other students in the Special Education context” OCASE Winter Symposium (December 1, 2016)
“Family Status Discrimination: The Search for Clarity Continues…” LSO 4th Annual Human Rights Summit (November 2016)
“Member v. Member When do you act as Referee?” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Conference (January 2015)
“Active Adjudication” Social Justice Tribunal of Ontario Workshop for Adjudicators (June 2015)
“The Modern Rules of the Workforce…(sexual harassment) Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Conference (January 2014)
“Mandatory retirement upheld suppression fire fighters in Ontario” Employment Law Today (2013)
University of Western, B.A., LL.B.