Leigh Clark
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Leigh Clark

Tel: 416.594.2324

Leigh recognizes that effective advocacy begins well before stepping foot in the courtroom and strives to develop, and implement, cost-effective and creative litigation strategies on behalf of her clients.

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Biography

LEIGH CLARK is newly called to the bar and committed to developing a practice focused on high-quality advocacy and legal strategy. She recognizes that effective advocacy begins well before stepping foot in the courtroom and strives to develop, and implement, cost-effective and creative litigation strategies on behalf of her clients.

Leigh has assisted with matters in a variety of courts, including the Ontario Small Claims Court, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Supreme Court of Canada. She is developing a practice focused on professional liability, construction litigation, health law, commercial litigation, personal injury, and insurance coverage matters.

While in law school, Leigh served on the board of the Canada-United States Law Journal for three years, culminating in her position as Editor-in-Chief for the 44th volume. She also edited for the 31st through 33rd volumes of the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

Leigh completed an internship with the Western Law Dispute Resolution Centre where she delivered conflict resolution training workshops at local organizations, conducted intake at 810 Court, and participated in hands-on weekly training sessions in mediation and negotiation. She also competed in numerous advocacy competitions, including the Torys LLP negotiation tournament in which she was a finalist in her first year.

Prior to returning to Stieber Berlach as an associate, Leigh summered and articled with the firm. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Representative Work

  • Represents real estate appraisers in professional liability claims alleging the appraisers provided negligent valuations of real property
  • Represents insurance brokerages and agents where brokers are alleged to have procured insufficient coverage for clients
  • Represents Children’s Aid Societies in litigation alleging that the CAS failed to conduct appropriate investigation into alleged abuse of children
  • Represents drivers, vehicle owners, and insurance companies in personal injury actions arising out of motor vehicle collisions
  • Represents health care professionals in claims where they are alleged to have provided negligent health-care services to people under care
  • Represents building owners, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, and other construction professionals in construction disputes over the reasonableness of remediation expenses, allegations of breach of contract, and poor workmanship
  • Assisted in the preparation of motion materials for a successful summary judgment motion on behalf of an insurance company in a multi-million-dollar dispute over remediation expenses for a chemical spill
  • Assisted in the preparation of pre-trial materials in a multi-million-dollar dispute over the costs of remediating an apartment building following fire and smoke damage which settled at the pre-trial conference
  • Assisted in the preparation of motion materials for a partially successful motion to strike several plaintiffs’ claims on the basis that no cause of action in negligence arises for psychological injuries experienced by parties who did not witness a fatal accident involving a family member

Publications

  • “The Contractual Duty of Good Faith: Judicial Crazy Glue?,” Stieber Berlach LLP Annual Client Webinar, 2021
  • “Insurance Potpourri: Survey of Recent Caselaw,” Stieber Berlach LLP Annual Client Webinar, 2021
  • “Recent Trends in the Application of the ‘Cap’ on General Damages in Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases,” Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, 2021

Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Western Law School (2020)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Philosophy, Queen’s University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History and Philosophy, Western University (2016)