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Senior Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Atrisha Lewis is a social justice advocate. In 2019, she became one of the youngest benchers ever elected to the Law Society of Ontario. She is also vice chairperson of the law society’s equity and Indigenous affairs committee. As an LSO Bencher, Lewis was a vocal supporter of the Statement of Principles. She was on the intervention team for CABL's first-ever intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada, in the R. v. Chouhan case on the constitutionality of removing peremptory challenges for defendants. Lexpert distinguished her as one of its Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2019. In 2018, CivicAction announced Lewis as one of the year’s 25 new DiverseCity Fellows. She has consistently pushed for racial and gender diversity to be recognized as an asset both within her firm and within the broader legal profession. A member of the litigation group of McCarthy Tétrault, her litigation practice spans commercial disputes, intellectual property disputes and professional liability matters. As a lawyer, she prioritizes excellence, professionalism and integrity.