In October 1992, a scrappy litigation boutique opened its doors with five founding partners. About two weeks ago, Lenczner Slaght threw a party to mark its 30-year anniversary at the Fairmont Royal York’s Concert Hall. At the firm’s first major in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 500 guests showed up to celebrate the milestone.
A lot has changed over the past three decades — today, Lenczner Slaght is 86 litigators strong and has more than 200 firm members — but the management team is proud to have upheld the firm’s values. “We have always had a culture of collaboration, positivity, teaching and mentoring, and inclusivity,” says Monique Jilesen, a partner at Lenczner Slaght who will become the firm’s managing partner in January. “As the years have passed, we’re proud to have never lost those core elements.”
In honour of the firm’s “pearl” anniversary, the celebration’s décor included a collection of 30 five-foot-wide pearl-white balloons. Perched on a balcony overlooking the concert hall, Big Smoke Brass entertained the partygoers throughout the evening. “It was great seeing everyone in person, especially after the last couple of years,” says Matthew Lerner, a Lenczner Slaght partner and an incoming member of the firm’s management committee. “Marking our anniversary surrounded by those who supported our firm’s success over the last 30 years made the night especially meaningful.”
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Photography by Matt Tibbo Photography.