Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace
FIRM:
Lerners LLP
POSITION:
Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Personal Injury
PHONE:

Elizabeth Grace, a partner with Lerners LLP in Toronto, practises civil litigation with a focus on personal injury, professional regulation, insurance defence and health law.

Ms. Grace was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 after receiving her Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993.

Her work in personal injury law focuses on claims arising out of sexual and physical abuse.

Ms. Grace’s experience also extends to discrimination and harassment claims, professional negligence, health and employment-related matters, and commercial disputes.

She has acted in a number of significant cases, including various multi-party claims arising from historical childhood sexual abuse on behalf of plaintiff victims, including aboriginal claimants, a multi-party and complex class action aboriginal land claim in Lambton County, Ontario on behalf of the First Nation plaintiff, and the public inquiry into water safety in Walkerton, On. on behalf of the Medical Officer of Health.

Ms. Grace has represented a variety of clients including corporations (large and small), insurers, governments, First Nations, public entities such as school boards and Children's Aid societies, religious organizations and educational facilities.

She has represented clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of Canada, commissions of inquiry, coroner's inquests and various administrative tribunals.

Elizabeth Grace Posts

Vicarious liability in sexual abuse cases lagging in Canada?

While the doctrine of vicarious liability is one of the more powerful legal tools to deter and prevent sexual misconduct because it targets employers and organizations, Canada is arguably falling behind other jurisdictions in its application, says Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace. Read more

Trends in civil sexual abuse awards: part 2

In the second instalment of a miniseries on advancing damages in sexual assault cases, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace discusses developments in awards for historical childhood abuse. Read more

Sweeping 'gag orders' rarely appropriate in sex abuse cases: Grace

While there can be some benefits to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual abuse cases, they can also be “troubling and problematic,” Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells Global News. Read more

Trends in civil sexual abuse awards: part 1

In the first instalment of a two-part series on advancing damages in sexual assault claims, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace discusses how one recent decision has increased the range for non-pecuniary damages in single incident adult female cases. Read more

Punitive damages awarded in revenge porn case

A recent civil case where the court awarded $100,000 in general, aggravated and punitive damages to a victim of “revenge porn” is a significant advancement of the common law, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Many more women seeking legal advice in wake of #MeToo: Grace

When Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace started developing her “niche” practice 25 years ago, her inspiration was in large part to help women who disproportionately suffer from sexual misconduct and assault. Read more

Grace to discuss sexual assault, #MeToo at OBA-RODA conference

The Ontario Bar Association and the Roundtable of Diversity Association’s Annual Diversity Conference returns later this month to provide thought-provoking, practical discussions on current issues for diverse lawyers and allies. Read more

Grace predicts uptick in defamation suits in wake of #MeToo

As more people come forward and share their allegations of sexual assault and harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement, there will also be an increase in defamation suits, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells Maisonneuve . Read more

Private schools more proactive in approach to sex abuse allegations

Private schools facing historical allegations of sexual misconduct by former teachers have begun taking a noticeably more proactive approach to potential scandals, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Grievance process not suited for sexual misconduct claims

While civil litigation is not perfect, there are significant advantages to the process for survivors of sexual misconduct, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells a recent Globe and Mail roundtable. Read more

Gap in province's gender-based violence strategy

In order for Ontario to remain a leader in working toward ending gender-based violence, the province should include legislative reform as part of its strategy, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

SCC won't hear case involving vicarious liability for sex assault

It’s unfortunate that the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will not hear a case dealing with whether to attach legal responsibility to a cab company when a driver engages in sexual misconduct against a passenger, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Grace and Matas to explore emerging issues in civil sexual assault

Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyers Elizabeth Grace and Anna Matas will take part in an upcoming conference entitled Current and Emerging Issues in Civil Sexual Assault. Read more

Civil suit gives sexual abuse victims more control

Civil lawsuits give sexual abuse survivors a degree of control and accountability that they cannot achieve in criminal cases, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Grace to speak at #AfterMeToo symposium on entertainment biz post-Weinstein

Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace will take part in a roundtable discussion at the #AfterMeToo event hosted by the Globe and Mail . Read more