Lee Akazaki is a bilingual civil litigator and a partner at Gilbertson Davis Emerson LLP, with a focus on commercial litigation, insurance and professional liability. A past-president of the Ontario Bar Association, he advocates for a fearless and independent bar and the advancement of women and equity-seeking groups. His blog, leeakazaki.com, is devoted to mentoring new lawyers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @LeeAkazaki.
Column: The Accidental Mentor
Do the tools of our trade include insults and ad hominem arguments? Are we in danger of neutering the litigation bar? Should lawyers follow the “great trial lawyers” or bow to the “civility movement” in Canadian law? Or should they carry on with the time-honoured view of advocacy, as captured by Justice Riddell in his 1915 decision in Dale v. Toronto R.W. Co.: “a jury trial is a fight and not an afternoon tea?”