Reid Lester is a partner at Laishley Reed LLP. Mr. Lester practices in the areas of Fidelity insurance, commercial fraud, bank and credit union liability, all types of other insurance-related matters (coverage, defence and subrogation) and professional liability claims.

Among other things, Mr. Lester has extensive experience in fidelity insurance matters in respect of coverage, recovery claims, and the drafting and design of policy wording. He also has significant experience in commercial fraud matters relating to the provision of strategic advice upon the discovery of a fraud, and, where appropriate, the obtaining of freezing and tracing orders as Norwich Pharmacal orders, Mareva injunctions, and Anton Pillar Orders. Mr. Lester has an extensive background in matters relating to financial institutions concerning bills of exchange issues, breach of trust and other liability matters. Mr. Lester also has extensive experience in general liability and property insurance matters with respect to coverage issues, defending claims and asserting subrogated actions.

Mr. Lester is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and seminars, and to clients, in the areas of commercial fraud, banking litigation issues, fidelity insurance bonds and other insurance-related matters.

Mr. Lester was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, and to the BC Bar in October 2018. He can be reached at, at (416) 981-9415 in Toronto and at  (604) 684-3112 in Vancouver.

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Toronto Chapter
  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section (Surety and Fidelity))


  • Queen’s University (LL.B., 1988)
  • Queen’s University (M.A., 1982)
  • University of British Columbia (B.A., 1981)
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