Top Toronto lawyers hit the runway for charity

A fashion show that featured some of the city’s most well-known lawyers raised around $335,000 in support of cancer research and patient care

On May 3, close to 400 people gathered at The Quay, on Toronto’s waterfront, to attend Law Suits, a lawyer-centric fashion show. The event invited a wide variety of lawyers to put their modelling skills to the test and, at the same time, raise money for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

More than 30 well-known lawyers—including Bindu Cudjoe, Brian Greenspan and Martha McCarthy—walked the runway. The lawyers-turned-models wore outfits provided by top brands: Harry Rosen, Tanya Taylor, ba&sh and Smythe. Dr. Raymond Kim, the medical director of cancer early detection and genetics at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, also took a trip down the catwalk as the evening’s honorary model.

Meredith Shaw of Citytv’s Breakfast Television hosted the evening’s festivities, while the Toronto-based DJ Gimmemar provided the music. All told, the event raised around $335,000 for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, a sizable amount that will help advance early-cancer detection programs and innovative treatments at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

The presenting sponsor was Stanchieri Family Law. Kerri Parslow and Julie Stanchieri—the firm’s managing partner and founder, respectively—are the co-chairs of Law Suits. “Law Suits has been a labour of love from start to finish,” says Parslow. “The outpouring of generosity and support we’ve received has been unprecedented and exceeded our expectations.”

Throughout the evening, Precedent was on hand to capture photography of all the action, both on and off the runway.

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Photography by Arthur Mola.