Lauri Reesor is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office and the chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Lauri’s success in building and maintaining long-standing client relationships is a result of her commitment to having an in-depth understanding of her clients’ business and the sector in which they operate, and providing practical, solution-focused legal advice to meet her clients’ business needs while mitigating risk. Her main areas of focus include human rights litigation, pay equity, labour arbitration and education law with a concentration on special education.
Lauri is repeatedly recognized as a leading human rights lawyer in Canada. She has appeared before provincial and federal human rights tribunals and her practice has taken her to all levels of court including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Lauri is one of the few management-side lawyers in Ontario with extensive pay equity expertise, regularly advising employers on compliance issues. She represents employers involved in Pay Equity Commission investigations and advocates for employers before the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal.
Lauri is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and conduct training on issues relating to human rights, special-education law, pay equity and other labour and employment issues. Outside of her legal practice, you will find Lauri hiking the Niagara Escarpment, enjoying a campfire on a piece of Canadian Shield or cheering on the local lacrosse field.
Awards & Recognition
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018, 2021)
Workplace Human Rights (Repeatedly Recommended)
The Legal 500 Canada Guide (2015)
Labour and Employment Law
Memberships & Affiliations
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 and Employment Law Sections)
The Advocates’ Society – Member
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Practice Advisory Committee – Member, Respondent Representative (2015–present)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton – Chair and Director (2017–present)
Victim Services Program of Toronto – Director and Chair (2005–2012)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Case Analysis – Women and Harassment in the Fire Service” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Labour Relations Seminar (January 21, 2021)
Moderator, “Demystifying Proactive Pay Equity Legislation in the Federal Jurisdiction: It’s not as scary as you think” Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Webinar (November 9, 2020)
“Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium” Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) (April 30, 2020)
“Dealing with Mental Incapacity and Diminished Capacity Issues for Clients and Witnesses” Law Society of Ontario (LSO) 8th 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 (OBA) INSTITUTE (February 6, 2019)
“#Metoo in the Fire Sector” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Labour Relations Seminar (January 23, 2019)
“Understanding Mental Health Laws Relating to Children and Youth” Osgoode Professional Development 6th Annual Mental Health Law for Children and Youth (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 (OBA) (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 Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Conference (June 2017)
“Conflicting Rights between Students with Special Needs” Ontario Council of Administrators of Special Education (OCASE) Spring Symposium (May 12, 2017)
“The Obligations of School Boards for Students with Mental Health Disabilities” Osgoode Professional Development 5th Annual Mental Health Law for Children and Youth (January 24, 2017)
University of Western, B.A., LL.B.