In a career that has spanned more than four decades, Cliff acquired a reputation as an exceptional litigator with a quick sense of humour. He is respected throughout the profession. He is in demand as a mediator and arbitrator by clients who appreciate his extensive experience, business savvy, responsiveness and practical approach to resolving business disputes of all kinds.
Chambers Global 2018 lists Cliff amongst Canada’s leading arbitrators and mediators who “wins recognition for his work on a wide range of business disputes”.
Cliff was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2009. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Cliff is a recipient of the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award, given to volunteers for their outstanding personal service.
Cliff was named one of Canada’s top 25 Corporate/Commercial lawyers by Lexpert, and featured in Chambers Global World’s Leading Lawyers and in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
*Cliff’s arbitration and mediation practice is conducted by him separately and independently of the firm as Clifford Lax Dispute Resolutions Inc.
Community Involvement & Associations
Cliff was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2009. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been president of the Advocates’ Society, Chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Chair of the Ontario Province Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Vice Chair of the University Tribunal at the University of Toronto. He served for 10 years as a Director of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, was a Director of the Rotman Research Institute and since 1997 has been Director and Treasurer of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Quetico Foundation.
Cliff holds a B.A. from McGill University and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto.