Amanda Iarusso is a litigator in our Toronto office and a key member of the firm’s Public Sector and Government Law groups. She maintains a general litigation practice, with a focus on regulatory law and class actions. 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.
Amanda has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and various regulatory bodies. She regularly advises political parties, corporations, non-profits, and executives on their legal obligations regarding ethical compliance, conflicts of interest, election financing, political advertising, and lobbying.
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 five bills (Bills 161, 207, 218, 245, and 254) that overhauled dozens of statutes and regulations in the ministry's purview, including the Class Proceedings Act, Election Finances Act, Notaries Act, Ontario Land Tribunal Act, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, and Estates Act. She also provided strategic advice on other legislative initiatives including:
- developing the first legal, private-sector focused Internet gambling market in Canada;
- increasing consumer choice and competition in highly-regulated markets such as finance, cannabis, and alcohol; and
- empowering small businesses to innovate and succeed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa, where she graduated magna cum laude. During her time in Ottawa, Amanda worked on Parliament Hill for the Minister of Labour as well as another Member of Parliament. Amanda's strong track record at two levels of government provides her with a unique skill set and political acuity to assist clients in navigating the executive and legislative branches of government in order to achieve their desired outcomes.
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.
A proud Italian-Canadian, Amanda is able to assist clients in both English and Italian.