The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Le Vay to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Le Vay was appointed to the board by the Attorney General of Ontario to replace outgoing trustee Chris Clifford of Bergeron Clifford, LLP.
Mr. Le Vay is a partner and a certified specialist in civil litigation with Stockwoods LLP, where he has practised for 25 years. His areas of expertise include corporate-commercial and securities litigation and professional liability and regulation.
Mr. Le Vay is bilingual and practices in both English and French. Over his career, he has shown a deep commitment to improving access to justice for Franco-Ontarians.
Le Vay is a member and past president of L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). Under his leadership, AJEFO successfully accomplished many goals such as the development of a long-term strategic plan, raising its profile and diversifying its projects and initiatives. Mr. Le Vay co-chaired the French Language Services Bench and Bar Advisory Committee, mandated by the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, to improve access to justice in French before the Ontario Courts.
The Law Society of Upper Canada recognized Mr. Le Vay’s access to justice efforts with the 2015 Lincoln Alexander Award, an award to recognize an Ontario lawyer who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario.
Mr. Le Vay is a member and past director of The Advocates’ Society and a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and was named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the categories of Corporate Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation.
He earned his LL.B. in 1985 from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Diplôme d’études approfondies from Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1988.
“We’re exceptionally fortunate to have Paul join the board,” says Foundation Chair, Paul Schabas. “He is a strategic and principled leader who has an intimate knowledge and empathy for the legal rights and needs of Ontarians. We’re looking forward to the experience and perspectives he will bring to the work of The Law Foundation of Ontario.”