Lara Jackson

Lara Jackson
Telephone: 416 860 2907
Fax: 416 640 3108

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

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"Highly valued for her ability to ‘stay one step ahead of the other side.'" Chambers Canada (Litigation)

Lara Jackson has an active and varied commercial litigation practice with particular 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.

Lara has defended numerous class actions involving securities, competition law, employment and oppression matters.  She also regularly represents market participants in Canadian and cross-border civil and regulatory proceedings, involving alleged securities act violations.  Lara 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 a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is Deputy Chair of the Advocacy Group

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

Client Commentary

  • "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 (Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)) 
  • "Great; super-responsive and very knowledgeable." – Chambers Canada (Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence))


Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1997

Queen's University, B.Sc. (Hons), 1994

Recent Work

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Class Actions e-COMMUNIQUÉ - August 2019

Canadian Securities Litigation Outlook 2018: Trends to Watch for Capital Markets Participants

Plaintiffs Need Not Reply: Motion Striking Reply Expert Report as Violating the Rule Against Case-Splitting Granted

Class Actions e-COMMUNIQUÉ - September 2018

Hole in One: Ontario Superior Court of Justice Dismisses Oppression Class Action Against North Halton Golf and Country Club

Living in a Material World: Materially Drives Dismissal of Motion for Leave to Commence Statutory Misrepresentation Claims Under the Ontario Securities Act

Not Necessarily Here: Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies Jurisdictional Limits for Secondary Market Misrepresentation Claims

Working Together Works: Ontario Securities Commission Approves Reduced Sanction for Insider Tipper who Cooperated with Investigation

Class Actions e-COMMUNIQUÉ - April 2018

Shareholders "Got the Power"? Proposed Amendments to Enhance Shareholder Voting Rights

The New Take-Over Bid Playing Field: A Farewell to Shareholder Rights Plans and an Endorsement of Hard Lock-Up Agreements

No New Duty, No Negligence: Ontario Court Dismisses Class Action Certification Motion Against Underwriters

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Lara Jackson Speaking on "Successfully Managing Complex Litigation"

Lara Jackson on the Faculty of The Advocates' Society's "Class Actions Advocacy" Program

Lara Jackson Discussing "Arbitration v. Litigation"

Lara Jackson Speaking on "Pleading Foreign Law"

Lara Jackson Presenting "Practical Considerations for Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination of an Expert"

Lara Jackson is on the Faculty of the "Intersection of Civil, Criminal and Regulatory Law Issues" Seminar

Call to the bar

Ontario, 1999
British Columbia, 2015


  • The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Bar Association (Member of the Executive of the Civil Litigation and Class Actions Sections 2018-2019)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Chambers Canada (Dispute Resolution: Ontario; Class Action (Defence); Securities Litigation: Ontario)
  • Benchmark Litigation 2016 (Future Star)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015-2019 (Litigation - Securities; Litigation - Corporate Commercial)
  • Lexpert Special Edition - Global Leaders in Mining 2017
  • Lexpert Special Edition - Canadian Litigation Lawyers 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015–2020 (Securities Litigation; Corporate & Commercial Litigation; Class Action Litigation)

Pro Bono/Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Duty Counsel for Law Society of Ontario Disciplinary Hearings (operated by The Advocates’ Society)
  • Member, Securities Proceedings Advisory Committee of the Ontario Security Commission
  • Public Affairs Liason, OBA Civil Litigation Executive
  • Past OBA Council member
  • Past OBA Class Actions Executive member



Class Actions
Restructuring & Insolvency
Securities Litigation
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Response