Larry Lowenstein matriculated from KDHS Linksfield in 1972, spent a year in the U.S. on AFS and graduated in arts from Wits in 1976. He was then admitted to St John’s College, Oxford where he obtained his law degree.
In 1981 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Canadian LLB and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983 as a barrister and solicitor.
For 40 years he has been an advocate at a leading national Canadian law firm, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He chaired the firm’s national litigation department for five years and took a particular interest in mentoring its young lawyers and young lawyers from immigrant families in Toronto.
For many years, Larry has been fortunate to be leading trial and appellate counsel in Toronto. He has been recognized as such by Chambers (Canada and Global), Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Benchmark, and Lexpert. He has litigated a wide range of complex litigation matters, including class actions, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, contested M&A matters, regulatory enforcement, and environmental disputes. He successfully defended Chevron Corporation in a $10 billion claim in Ontario and has represented many prominent Canadian and international entities. He particularly enjoyed representing the Bearverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick against the U.K. Beaverbrook Foundation. At trial and on appeal, the Gallery established its right to retain ownership of many of its most valuable works of art.
Larry served as a Director of Pro Bono Ontario and was a leader in his firm’s involvement in pro bono matters. He is married with three daughters and eagerly follows the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Raptors, Canadian tennis players and athletes, the Springboks, and Tottenham Hotspur.
King David greatly influenced my life. I remember the school as a powerhouse. In retrospect, it also gave me a sense of the context of the local community within the Jewish diaspora and an appreciation for the resilience and ambition of those Litvak-inspired immigrants, fortunate to have survived and prospered after humble beginnings, despite the Czars and the Nazi catastrophe. The community produced leaders in academics, the arts, the sciences, philanthropy, the professions, business, religion, politics, and sports; but also admirably in social justice, frequently at great personal danger and cost.
I fondly remember individual teachers sparking my intellectual curiosity and drive, with their ideas, their commitment to teaching, and their humanity. Equally I credit the talents and brilliance of the young men and women in my class for propelling me forward and broadening my horizons. I will never forget their friendship, their achievements, their irreverence, and their humour.
I remember with great affection the Woolf twins, Rose Cohen (on Sir Thomas More: “He was a Man…For All Seasons”); Doc Thomas (“Don’t ask me when to use the periphrastic passive. Do I ask you when it’s Rosh Hashanah?”) and Mrs Amiel on Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”)