Jacob Damstra

AssociateLerners LLPLitigation & Dispute Resolution

Jacob is a general litigation lawyer with a particular strength in legal research and appellate advocacy. He is a member of several practice groups, including Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Plaintiff Class Actions and Defence Class Actions, Health Law, and Insurance Defence. He also supports the Appellate Advocacy group.

Jacob is a general litigation lawyer with a particular strength in legal research and appellate advocacy. He is a member of several practice groups, including Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Plaintiff Class Actions and Defence Class Actions, Health Law, and Insurance Defence. He also supports the Appellate Advocacy group.

Jacob is developing a public interest and environmental litigation practice which straddles his current practice groups and include defence of prosecution under the Provincial Offences Act and environmental legislation.

Education

  • Western University, J.D., 2015
  • Western University, M.A., 2015
  • Western University, B.A., 2012

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2016

Experience

  • Lecturer, Western Law, Appellate Advocacy – Wilson Moot Team, 2016-2018
  • Co-author, "Update on Personal Injury Law", The Advocates' Society Fall Convention, 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for Ontario, 2015-2016
  • Summer Student, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, 2014
  • Canadian Armed Forces Officer, 1st Hussars, London, 2011 to present

Associations

  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Middlesex Law Association
  • Volunteer, Coach/Trainer, London Bandits Minor Hockey Association
  • Director, Board of Directors, Changing Ways
  • Environment Chair, Board of Directors, Argyle Community Association

Awards

  • Recipient, Canada 150 Medal, Parliament of Canada, 2017
  • Trandafir Writing Competition Prize in Transnational Law, 2015
  • 1st Place Written Arguments, Oralist Prize, Jessup International Law Moot, 2014
  • Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize in Canadian Class Actions, 2013
  • Royal Canadian Armour Corps Student-Soldier Achievement Bursary, 2013
  • Cohen Highley LLP Award, Western Law, 2014
  • Winner, Lenczner Slaght Legal Ethics Advocacy Competition, 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada
  • Graduate Scholarship, 2012