Lauri Reesor is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office and is also the chair of the firm’s Human Rights practice group. 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, 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, Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal and before labour arbitrators. The breadth of Lauri’s practice also takes her to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Lauri is frequently called upon to speak at conferences 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
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Practice Advisory Committee – Member, Respondent Representative (2015 to date)
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 (2005-2011)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton an Hamilton – Vice Chair
Select Publications & Presentations
“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)
“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)
“Family Status Discrimination: The Search for Clarity Continues…” LSO 4th Annual Human Rights Summit (November 2016)
“Mandatory retirement upheld suppression fire fighters in Ontario” Employment Law Today (2013)
University of Western, B.A., LL.B.