Lai has been an active member of FACL since late 2010, and was co-chair of the 2011 as well as the 2012 FACL Conference, before becoming President of FACL in 2013. She is committed to actively advocating to ensure diversity in the profession, and to raise the profile of Asian-Canadian lawyers.
Fluent in English and French, Lai is licensed to practice in both Ontario and Quebec. She is a native and proud Toisan speaker, and also speaks some Mandarin.
Lai recently founded HUM LAW FIRM, A Professional Corporation, a boutique practice in downtown Toronto, offering legal expertise to deal with all issues in the workplace and the professions.
She writes and presents on issues related to employment/labour law and professional regulation. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked at top-tier national firms in both Quebec and Ontario, and enjoyed a few years as Bilingual Counsel in the Professional Regulation division of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Lai’s practice in workplace law, which has covered many provinces in Canada including civil law Quebec, is client-focused and results driven. Small, medium and large businesses, and non-profits, have placed their trust in her proactive risk management and practical solutions to employment and labour issues and compliance requirements. Individuals have valued her compassionate, strong and determined resolve to restore their integrity in the workplace or achieve fair results after their termination from work. Advocacy on both sides has provided Lai with strategic insight and effective representation for clients.
Lai complements her workplace law practice with her professional regulation practice. She has acted as counsel and provided advice to regulators on a wide range of issues: misconduct complaints/investigations; legislative and bylaw amendments; advice on regulatory policy and procedures; accreditation and registration; and representation on appeals and judicial reviews. She also works with professionals and profession applicants on matters of plagiarism, complaints, discipline and registration requirements.
She also continues a practice in civil litigation.
A native of Montreal, now calling Toronto her home, Lai graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and also holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Concordia University, as well as a Diploma of Education from McGill University.
As a member of the Ontario Bar Association, she is immediate Past-Chair of its Education Law Section, and a member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO).
As a French-speaking lawyer in Toronto, she has been profiled in L’Express.