Lisa Munro


Lisa Munro

Lisa Munro, LL.B, FCIArb, Q.Arb

Law office of Lerners LLP, Toronto, ON (Ontario), CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : FCIArb, Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Expedited Procedures Arbitrator

Practice Areas : Corporate Commercial

Professional Experience

Lisa Munro is a partner of Lerners LLP and an arbitrator on the Arbitration Place roster. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has achieved the Qualified Arbitrator designation (Q. Arb.) from the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC).  She is also an arbitrator listed on the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Canada (CIArb), ADRIC, ICC Canada, and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) rosters.

Lisa brings to her role as arbitrator over 25 years of experience as litigation counsel with a broad range of expertise in commercial disputes.  She has experience in both domestic and international arbitrations (both ad hoc and under institutional rules) in disputes arising from contracts in a variety of sectors. Lisa is also a member of the Board of Directors of CIArb and ADRIC and is the former co-Chair of the TCAS Executive Committee.

Lisa has consistently demonstrated her strengths in decision making, business judgment, and conflict resolution in her executive leadership roles within her firm.  She is a former member of Lerners LLP’s Executive Committee (2007 to 2019) and served as the Toronto Office co-Managing Partner (2008 to 2017) and Managing Partner (2018 to 2019).

Lisa is one of four course instructors of the 2023/2024 TCAS Gold Standard Course in Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration in Canada, the successful completion of which satisfies the requirements for the ADRIC Q.Arb. designation. She is the editor of Arbitration Matters (, which provides regular summaries of key decisions on arbitration released by courts across Canada. A newsletter with the most recent summaries is sent to subscribers (for free) on a regular basis. She is also the host of “Arbitration Boot Camp”, a series of webinars (both live and posted on You Tube) that covers key arbitration concepts and explains how they work in practice.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Lisa Munro received formal education in arbitral proceedings (domestic and international) including:

  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Gold Standard Course in Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration in Canada (2017 to 2018), a comprehensive and intensive 40-hour course.
  • CIArb Canada Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program in International Commercial Arbitration (2020)
  • Frequent speaker on both international and domestic commercial arbitration topics for TCAS, CIArb Canada, Osgoode Professional Development, TCAS Gold Standard Course, and Ontario Bar Association. For details see her profile on the Lerners LLP website at
Professional and Other Activities

Professional Associations

  • Director, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canada Branch
  • Director, ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member, ADR Institute of Canada/Ontario
  • Member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Member, Advocates’ Society
  • Law Society of Ontario member in good standing

Selected Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada (Litigation Star), and Canadian Legal
  • Lexpert Directory for: alternative dispute resolution; corporate and commercial, appellate; and
  • class action litigation; and professional malpractice law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Lawyer of the Year, Alternative Dispute Resolution – Toronto (2022)
  • Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2017)
  • Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity and Inclusion (2016)
  • “Diversity Journal” Women Worth Watching Award (2015)
  • Scouts Canada Medal for Good Service (2006)
Academic Qualifications
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Qualified Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada (Q.Arb)
  • L.L.B. University of Western Ontario, 1992