Amanda Iarusso is a litigator in our Toronto office and a key member of the firm’s McCarthy Tétrault | Public Sector group. She maintains a general litigation practice, with a particular focus on class actions and political law.
Amanda brings significant public sector experience to her private practice, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Policy and Legal Affairs to the Attorney General of Ontario, and previously a Legislative Aide to the Minister of Labour of Canada.
Amanda has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and various regulatory bodies.
Selected experience includes:
- Defending a specialty laboratory testing services company in a national data breach class action. The matter is ongoing.
- Defending a large financial institution in an action involving allegations of delayed sale of shares. The matter is ongoing.
- Acting for Desjardins in the defence of vacation pay class action, and specifically, brought and won a motion to sequence a summary judgment motion prior to certification under section 4.1 of the reformed Class Proceedings Act.
- Acting for Pretium Resources Inc. in upholding the first decision on the merits of a class action for secondary market representation under Part XXIII.1 of the Securities Act and the first of its kind in Canada. The decision provides valuable guidance for issuers on the materiality analysis and it expands the availability of the reasonable investigation defence.
MT | Public Sector & Political Law
As a key member of McCarthy Tétrault | Public Sector, Amanda helps clients navigate legal issues at the intersection of politics, public policy and business. Our group has elite experience advising on novel regulatory regimes and major commercial projects with government stakeholders.
Amanda regularly advises political parties, corporations, non-profits, and executives on their legal obligations regarding conflicts of interest, election financing, political advertising, and lobbying compliance.
From 2019 to 2021, Amanda was one of the Attorney General of Ontario’s most trusted advisors. She served as a senior leader in Ontario’s justice sector, with a reputation for rapidly transforming and modernizing service delivery. Amanda had the unique role of advising the Attorney General as both a Cabinet Minister charged with strategy, policy, and procurements, and Chief Legal Officer of the Executive Council, managing litigation and legal risk for the government. Amanda played a leading role in the passage of numerous bills; namely the overhaul to the Class Proceedings Act and Election Finances Act.
Having worked with Ontario’s Chief Justices, court services, and other justice sector partners to keep the province’s justice system running through the COVID-19 pandemic and the most significant period of transformation in a generation, Amanda is well-positioned to assist clients in developing innovative, pragmatic, and results-oriented approaches to new and legacy challenges, and to manage risk throughout that process.
Born and raised in Windsor-Essex County, Amanda received her Canadian law degree from the University of Windsor and an American law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, graduating with distinction from both schools. She interned for Chief Judge Christopher Murray at the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Amanda serves on the University of Windsor Board of Governors’ Human Resources Committee, and was a recipient of the 2021 Alumni Odyssey Award from the University. She also spent many years as a Board Member of her local Rotary International club, focussed on clean water, women empowerment, and youth leadership projects.
Amanda is able to assist clients in both English and Italian.