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Taisha Lewis Receives a 2020 National Bar Association “40 Under 40” Award

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Toronto (Canada) – Taisha Lewis is a recipient of the 2020 National Bar Association (NBA) 40 Under 40 Award.

This prestigious award celebrates Taisha’s contributions to the profession and her community. It recognizes the top Black lawyers in the US under the age of 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including in advocacy, innovation, vision, leadership and overall legal and community involvement.

An associate in Fasken’s Toronto office, Taisha’s corporate commercial and securities law practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. She advises companies on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, and securities regulatory compliance matters. Taisha also advises clients on corporate governance matters, including shareholder arrangements and management fiduciary duties, and has played a key role on a number of high-profile transactions.

In addition to her practice, Taisha is actively involved in the legal and broader community. She is a mentor with the Black Law Students Association, and a past member of Fasken’s Associates Committee, the Ontario Bar Association’s Business Law Section Executive and the Young Lawyers Division East Executive. In addition to volunteering with youth-focused organizations over the years, including LAWS (Law in Action Within Schools) and Junior Achievers, Taisha has also been actively involved in supporting the advancement her female colleagues as a member of Fasken’s Ontario Women’s Network (OWN), and as a former mentor with the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program during law school. She currently sits on the board of Dance Collection Danse, an organization dedicated to preserving Canada’s dance heritage and sharing it internationally.

“It has been deeply meaningful to me to be part of the National Bar Association, an organization that shares my values of advancing the interests of the Black community through advocacy, networking, mentorship and sponsorship,” said Taisha. “I am greatly honoured to have my contributions to the legal profession and my community recognized by my peers and an organization as distinguished, inspirational and impactful as the National Bar Association.”

“Congratulations to Taisha for this prestigious award that honours her significant achievements and contributions in the legal field. We are proud and honoured to have her as a member of the Firm,” said Peter Feldberg, Firm Managing Partner.

“As one of the oldest and strongest distinguished bar associations in the world, this prestigious award given annually recognizes the nation’s most brilliant, courageous and determined advocates under the age of 40 who fight for equal justice under law and advance the causes of justice, equality, professionalism and community service,” says Dean Alfreda Robinson, National Bar Association President. “We look forward to witnessing the extraordinary work of these amazing leaders who will continue the NBA’s legacy of speaking truth to power and unifying disenfranchised communities to improve access to justice. These young leaders will undoubtedly continue to make the NBA proud.”

Taisha will be honoured at the 40 Under 40 Virtual Awards Gala on Saturday, July 25, 2020, during the NBA’s 95th Annual Convention.

About the National Bar Association

National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. 

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