“Caring is the only daring” defines Lai’s approach to work and life.
After 15 years at national firms in Montreal and Toronto, Lai founded a boutique law firm in 2014, focused on workplace law, human rights, professional regulation, and litigation. Her team of three lawyers and one student lawyer assists individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs based in Canada, and internationally, with their legal issues. Her clients include those in education, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and financial / banking services.
In addition to her advocacy work, Lai also conducts workplace investigations and mediations. She is one of the three Counsel in the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Program (a service funded by the Law Society of Ontario). Lai is also a part-time Deputy Judge, Toronto Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice and the President of the Ontario Deputy Judges Association (ODJA)
Integral to her work and life is Lai’s commitment to the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She has held roles as past-Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), legal associations committed to diversity initiatives, and past-President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (http://on.facl.ca).
She has also been active in the OBA, acting as a past Chair of the Education Section.
As part of her belief that leadership is about service, Lai is a Director of Up with Women (https://upwithwomen.org, a not-for-profit organization operating in Ontario and Quebec providing coaching to homeless women), and a Trustee with CPAC Foundation (https://www.cpac-canada.ca/cpac-foundation/).
Visit her at www.thehumlawfirm.ca.