LAURIE GRAHAM summered and articled with Stieber Berlach LLP prior to joining as an associate, where she has built a diverse and busy litigation practice. Laurie brings a disciplined and measured approach to the law, which combine to make her a forceful advocate for her clients. She places particular emphasis on client communication, and recognizes that success may look different in each case. She works closely with her clients to formulate legal strategies that align with their particular resolution goals and ensure their familiarity and comfort with the litigation process.
Laurie has appeared before all levels of Ontario courts, including the Court of Appeal of Ontario, Superior Court of Justice, and Small Claims Court, as well as numerous administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Landlord and Tenant Board. She maintains a broad practice, representing clients on a variety of issues, such as professional negligence, insurance coverage, medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury.
While in law school at the University of Toronto, Laurie was heavily involved in the Faculty’s pro bono clinic, Downtown Legal Services, where she volunteered and worked for the entirety of her time as a student. As a member of the Tenant Housing division, she represented numerous low-income and student clients in a variety of complex housing and human rights disputes. She credits her time there with instilling in her a passion for fast-paced, on-your-feet advocacy.
- Co-counsel on successful motion for summary judgement, upheld on appeal, for breach of contract claim involving breach of the “fit for purpose” warranty under the Sale of Goods Act on behalf of municipal utility provider. Hydro Hawkesbury v. ABB AB, 2020 ONCA 54 (CanLII)
- Co-counsel on successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of condominium corporation and individual owner defendants to dismiss numerous forms of relief sought by plaintiff under the Condominium Act and resolving long-standing common elements dispute. 1229965 Ontario Inc. v. York Condominium Corp. No. 263, 2020 ONSC 1639 (CanLII)
- As articling student, second chair on successful motion for summary judgment refuting allegation that insured vehicle owner provided consent to operate motor vehicle and was vicariously liable for damages caused by uninsured motorist. On preliminary motion, successfully resisted motion for production of complete insurer file to co-defendant. Ip et al. v. Olokun et al., 2019 ONSC 5265 (CanLII)
- Successfully defended against motion to substitute or dispense with service of a dozen former nurses on insured hospital in infant medical malpractice action. Further successfully defended against motion to secure extensive record production, including employee contact information, in advance of examinations for discovery
- Moving the Goal Posts: 2020 Developments in Sports and Recreation Liability, Stieber Berlach LLP Insurance Law Webinar, 2020
- Top Supreme Court of Canada Case of 2018, Stieber Berlach LLP Breakfast Seminar, 2019
“Moving the Goal Posts: 2020 Developments in Sports and Recreation Liability,” paper with Grant Ferguson for Stieber Berlach LLP Insurance Law Webinar, 2020