Portrait Photograph of Personal Injury Lawyer Aaron Lealess

Aaron Lealess

Senior Partner

Aaron is a senior partner at Beckett. His practice focuses on sexual abuse, while also handling both plaintiff and defence personal injury cases.

Aaron was raised near Ailsa Craig, Ontario. He graduated with an Honours degree in Economics in 2004 from McMaster University, where he was also a member of the Dean’s Honour List. While completing his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario, Aaron joined Beckett as a law student in 2006. He graduated in 2008 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009.

Since joining Beckett, Aaron has been passionate about advocating for the rights of survivors. His civil litigation practice focuses on representing people who have been sexually abused. Aaron has represented clients before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Aaron joined other Beckett lawyers in representing the Victims Group at the Cornwall Public Inquiry, which was established by the Province of Ontario to examine institutional responses to allegations of sexual abuse in Cornwall.

Aaron was co-counsel to Beckett senior partner Robert Talach in the 2011 trial of K.M.M. v. The Roman Catholic Diocese of London. In this case, the Diocese of London was ordered to pay the plaintiff, who was sexually abused by her priest, $610,000 — plus interest and legal costs. He was also co-counsel with Mr. Talach on the 2018 jury trial of MacLeod vs. Marshall which resulted in a $2.6 million dollar jury verdict for a victim of sexual abuse, including $500,000 in punitive damages.

In 2021, Aaron successfully negotiated a settlement of $1.1 million dollars for a victim of teacher sexual abuse. Aaron’s cases have been covered on CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Blackburn News, the Toronto star, and more. Aaron is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Middlesex Law Association, and the Ontario Bar Association. Outside of personal injury law, Aaron has served in the Canadian Forces as a Naval Reserve Officer since 2001, sailing on both the East and West Coasts of North America. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys ice hockey, outdoor adventures, and water sports.