Laura Stairs

Laura Stairs
Shibley Righton LLP
Corporate, Estates & Wills & Trusts, Immigration

Laura Stairs, an associate in the Windsor office of Shibley Righton LLP, focuses on corporate and business law. 

Ms. Stairs graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in 2012 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor in 2016. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017. 

Practising in the areas of corporate law, wills and estates, and business immigration law, Ms. Stairs articled at Shibley Righton before joining the firm as an associate.

In law school, Ms. Stairs was awarded the Stitt Feld Handy Social Justice Fellowship in Africa, completing an internship at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa in the area of constitutional litigation. She was a recipient of the Transnational Law and Justice Network Fellowship and undertook a research project for Amnesty International related to international criminal law.

In addition, Ms. Stairs was awarded the SLS Access to Justice Award for co-founding the Windsor Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and for her involvement with legal aid throughout law school.

She was a caseworker at Community Legal Aid of Windsor and the Family Law Program and sat on the board of directors for the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education. Ms. Stairs has continued to be a member of the board for Legal Assistance of Windsor. 

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Stairs pursued an undergraduate degree in global development at Queen's University, attending the Bader International Study Centre in Herstmonceux, England for her first year.

Laura Stairs In The News
Spectacular N.Y. dispute offers lessons to business partners

A dramatic U.S. company dispute is a cautionary tale for new business partners, Windsor corporate lawyer  Laura Stairs tells . Read more

Seek advice before 'flagpoling' immigration status: Stairs

Foreign nationals who “flagpole” to validate their status in Canada may be putting themselves at risk due to a pilot project by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Windsor immigration lawyer  Laura Stairs  tells . Read more

Seek legal guidance before leaving bequests to charity

Making a bequest to charity can create a meaningful legacy, but there are potential pitfalls that a good la... Read more

More resources required to ramp up immigration numbers: Stairs

Though the federal government has set the stage to accept 350,000 immigrants in a single year ,  that load might place another strain on the already complicated and taxed system, Windsor immigration lawyer Laura Stairs  tells . Read more

Understanding the big picture when buying a business

Due diligence by a prospective buyer of a business could prevent serious problems in the future, Windsor corporate lawyer  Laura Stairs  tells . Read more

Navigating the complexities of insolvent estates

Increasing personal debt means more families will have to deal with insolvent estates following the deaths of loved ones, Windsor trusts and estates lawyer  Laura Stairs tells . Read more

P.E.I. scraps business immigration program criticized for oversight problems

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is scrapping a controversial business immigration program, which prompted federal investigations alleging hundreds of applicants never settled on the Island. Read more

Lessons in lease agreements

Parties in a landlord-tenant agreement must be clear with their intentions and expectations as they approach negotiations to renew the lease, says Windsor corporate lawyer  Laura Stairs . Read more

OSC decision repeals rule limiting charities

Windsor corporate lawyer  Laura Stairs  says she supports an Ontario Superior Court decision that quashes a long-standing Income Tax Act  guideline limiting charities to using only 10 per cent of their resources for political activities. Read more

LMIA applications an employer’s responsibility: Stairs

A lawsuit filed by eight Filipino migrant workers against a job recruiter and a farm in Ontario casts light on how easy it is for vulnerable people to be tricked into paying for jobs and denied the protections provided by Canadian law, says Windsor, Ont. , corporate and immigration lawyer   Laura Stairs . Read more

Stairs focused on law, helping community

Community has always been important to Windsor corporate and immigration lawyer Laura Stairs . Read more

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