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Laura Cooper Toronto Lawyer

Laura F. Cooper

Class action litigation requires strategic, nuanced representation based on a depth of experience and judgment.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1994
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Laura is an accomplished class action litigator with over twenty-five years of experience defending complex cases. She regularly represents global clients in a wide variety of industries in the defence of class actions including with respect to privacy and cyber-security, competition, securities and consumer issues. Laura is Chair of Fasken’s firm-wide Litigation group and Fasken’s Class Actions practice group.

Laura is a results driven and innovative legal thinker focused on providing business solutions. She has been leading counsel in many notable cases, including currently in significant matters for Equifax and Capital One involving ground breaking decisions in privacy/cyber-security litigation. Laura frequently leads counsel teams across the firm in complex class action matters and provides top-notch representation and excellent client service. Many of her cases have cross-border and international implications and Laura works closely with counsel in the U.S. and other jurisdictions to ensure strategic co-ordination of cases across borders.

Laura’s expertise continues to be recognized around the world by legal directories such as Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, Lexpert, Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation. She has repeatedly been named one of the “Top 25 Women Litigators in Canada’’ by Benchmark Litigation, is a recipient of the Lexpert Zenith Award celebrating leading female lawyers and is named as one of the Top 100 Women in Litigation by Benchmark. The Canadian Law Awards has named Laura an Excellence Awardee for Litigator of the Year 2022.

Throughout her career, Laura has been involved with the broader legal community. She was a founder of the Ontario Region’s pro bono program at Fasken and served as a director of Pro Bono Ontario, an organization that offers free legal assistance throughout the province. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and has acted as a director of the Advocates’ Society. Laura is a frequent presenter on class actions, is a skills instructor for The Advocates’ Society’s skills education programs and regularly acts as a mentor.


  • Recognized in Corporate and Commercial Litigation in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024
  • Recognized in Competition/Antitrust Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 to 2024
  • Recognized in Class Action Litigation in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 to 2024

Client Work

  • Pioneer Corp. v. Godfrey, 2019 SCC 42,
  • Shah v. LG Chem Ltd., 2018 ONCA 819 - Khurram Shah and Alpina Holdings Inc. v. Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. and Toshiba of Canada Limited.,
  • Equifax Inc. and Equifax Canada Co. privacy class action, Ongoing since September 2017
  • Donohue v. Baja Mining 2016 ONSC 1569,
  • Catucci v. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. et al.,
  • Airia Brands v. Air Canada, 2015 ONSC 5352,
  • The Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology v. Sony Optiarc et al, 2013 ONSC 1477,
  • McKenna v. Gammon Gold Inc.,
  • McKenna v. Gammon Gold Inc. et al,

Career & Education


  • Certificate, Mining Law Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • LLB University of Toronto

Community involvement

  • Chair, Fasken Pro Bono Program, Ontario region

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Steering Committee, 2011 Class Actions Invitational Forum, The Future of Class Actions in Canada, Langdon Hall, Spring 2011, 2013, and 2015
  • Member, DuPont Women Lawyers Network, 2004 to 2007
  • Former Director, Board of Directors of The Advocates' Society
  • Former Director, Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario 
  • Chair of the Business Development Committee, DuPont Women Lawyers Network, 2005 to 2007


Fasken Institute



Article Clarity for Issuers on Securities Class Actions Issues from Supreme Court of Canada Timely Disclosure
Article Canada: Cartels The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2015

Speaking Engagements

Presenter Class Actions Advocacy The Advocates’ Society location location The Advocates’ Society
Bringing and Defending Class Actions: 10 Things Plaintiffs’ and Defence Counsel Need to Know LSUC Class Actions for Litigators location location Toronto
Class Actions: How to be Prepared and Defence Strategies LSUC 6th Annual In House Counsel Summit location location Toronto


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