Lara Jackson

Partner | 
Toronto

Lara Jackson is a partner in the Litigation Group at Cassels. Lara has an active and varied commercial litigation practice with expertise in class actions and securities litigation. Lara brings a strategic, analytical and practical approach to the most complicated disputes, while maintaining her focus on achieving resolution as efficiently as possible. She has defended numerous class actions involving securities, competition law, employment and oppression matters. Lara also regularly represents market participants in Canadian and cross-border civil and regulatory proceedings, involving alleged securities act violations. She has represented clients in a broad range of commercial cases involving proxy contests, takeover bids, contested plans of arrangement, shareholder disputes, oppression remedies, and insolvency disputes. Lara is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Litigation, and Chambers Canada which notes that Lara is “highly valued for her ability to ‘stay one step ahead of the other side.’”

Lara’s representative work includes:

  • Defending financial institutions in price fixing competition class actions
  • Defending issuers and individual directors and officers in securities class actions, including numerous cross-border securities class actions
  • Representing bidders and targets in hostile takeover bid litigation
  • Representing market participants in cross-border criminal and regulatory proceedings
  • Representing issuers and individual directors and officers in breach of contract and breach of confidentiality proceedings, including injunction and Anton Piller proceedings
  • Representing a minority shareholder of a public company in a successful appellate court reversal of court of approval of a plan of arrangement

Lara is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and serves Deputy Chair of the Advocacy Group.

  • Benchmark Litigation (Future Star)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Securities Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Class Action Litigation)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Litigation – Securities, Litigation – Corporate Commercial)
  • Chambers Canada (Dispute Resolution: Ontario, Class Action (Defence))
  • Lexpert Special Edition, Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • “Highly valued for her ability to ‘stay one step ahead of the other side.’” – Chambers Canada (Litigation)
  • “An excellent tactician who navigates [her clients] through the case.” – Chambers Canada (Litigation)
  • “Does an ‘excellent job’ of defending clients’ interests in class action proceedings.” – Chambers Canada (Class Action Defence)
  • “Great; super-responsive and very knowledgeable.” – Chambers Canada (Class Action Defence)
  • Law Society of Ontario Disciplinary Hearings, Pro Bono Duty Counsel
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Civil Litigation Executive, Public Affairs Liaison
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Class Actions Executive, Past Member
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Council, Past Member
  • Ontario Security Commission (OSC), Member, Securities Proceedings Advisory Committee
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1997
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Queen’s University, 1994
  • Ontario, 1999
  • British Columbia, 2015
  • Advocates’ Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association, Former Member of the Executive, Civil Litigation and Class Actions Sections (2018-2019)
  • Toronto Lawyers Association