The staff at Cohen Highley LLP are deeply committed to enhancing the quality of life for others. Our firm has enjoyed a great deal of success in the practice of law and, in return, feels deeply obligated to share this success with the community. The following is a partial list of involvement in the community by our firm and its employees.


Current and On-going Involvements

Community Living London
In addition to actively serving on the Board of Directors, Cohen Highley staff continue to be active participants in fundraising events for this charity. Cohen Highley has been the recipient of Community Living London’s Award of Excellence since 2003.

SPARK Campaign (
Will showcase champions that are advocating for the full participation and engagement of all people who have a developmental disability in our community; like the dedicated group of parents, friends, neighbours from the Community Living movement, past and present, who want their loved ones to have the same opportunities as everyone else.



A Night of Heroes
In support of Community Living London, Cohen Highley has been directly involved in organizing this event dedicated to celebrating our local heroes. Since 2009, Cohen Highley has also been a corporate sponsor.

Annual Cohen Highley Charity Golf Tournament
In support of Community Living London – Currently in our 29th year (details), our tournament has raised approximately $800,000 through the generous support of sponsors and participants in the last 20 years.

Disability Awareness Month – October 2016
Partner Joe Hoffer with staff member Tanya Diedrick during disability awareness month regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.


courtesy of Ontario Disability Employment Network (

Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations
Silver sponsor of this year’s Rental Housing Conference in June.

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario
Bronze Sponsor of the 6th Annual Parkinson Golf Classic.

London Home Builders’ Association
Bronze Sponsor of the LHBA President’s Industry Dinner.

CAISA Fashion Show
Silver Sponsor of this event in support of Children’s Health Foundation.

Chinese Canadian Nation Council, London Chapter
Silver Sponsor of the Dragon Gala for 2014 (Year of the Horse), 2015 (Year of the Ram), and 2016 (Year of the Monkey).

Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario
Silver Sponsor for 2014 and 2015 events.

Kitchener Minor Hockey
Co-sponsor of Kitchener Junior Rangers 2002 AA and Major Peewee Blue hockey teams.

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Laura McKeen is a member of the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities. The Partnership Council is a unique council comprised of business and accessibility advocates that will work with government to advise and provide feedback as we implement our first-ever employment strategy for persons with disabilities.

Homes Unlimited (London) Inc.
Homes Unlimited is a non-profit corporation that provides affordable rental housing primarily for families of modest income. Laura McKeen serves on the Board of Directors.

Brescia University College
Since 2012, Cohen Highley has been involved with the Dimensions of Leadership Program. Laura McKeen acts as a placement supervisor for a fourth year student’s Leadership Practicum

Fair Rental Policy Organization of Ontario
Joe Hoffer is a member of the Legislative Review Committee and Property Tax Committee. Joe was named Member of the Year in 2008 at the FRPO’s Marketing, Achievement and Construction Awards.

London Property Management Association
Emma Sims serves as President of the Board of Directors, and Paul Cappa was a past President of the Association. Paul is now actively involved with The Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario and the Ontario
Manufactured Housing Association.


Recent Involvements

Ontario Retirement Communities Association 2014 ORCA Summer Conference Sponsor.

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, 2013-2014 Silver Regional Sponsor
Cohen Highley LLP was a Silver Regional Sponsor for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and proud supporter of fundraising events including the Wheelchair Relay held on October 19, 2013 and the Roll & Bowl held on March 24, 2014. These events raised funds for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to members of the community with spinal cord injuries.

London and District Distress Centre, Sponsor
Cohen Highley LLP was pleased to sponsor “Let’s Talk London” and Diva Day in support of the London and District Distress Centre. “Let’s Talk London”, an event held on March 19, 2014, was a part of Clara’s Big Ride, the across Canada bike ride completed by six time Olympian Clara Hughes. Diva Day, the Distress Centre’s main fundraising event, was held on April 13, 2014. The London and District Distress Centre provides 24 hour telephone support to members of the community in distress.

Maple Ridge Golf Club, 2014 Mens Invitational Major Sponsor
Cohen Highley LLP as it has for many years in the past, was a major sponsor of this annual event.

Fanshawe Charity Fashion Show, Sponsor
This year Cohen Highley was pleased to sponsor the Fanshawe Charity Fashion Show, in support of My Sister’s Place. The event took place on November 22, 2013 at the Goodwill Store located at 255 Horton Street. The fashion show showcased designs prepared by Fanshawe fashion students using donated and secondhand clothing. My Sister’s Place is a local charity that provides support in the form of shelter, food and resources to women facing or at risk of homelessness.

Brain Injury Association of London and Region, 2013 Platinum Sponsor
Cohen Highley LLP was a platinum sponsor of the Brain Injury Association of London and Region. This association provides education and much needed support to those who have sustained a brain injury and their families. A brain injury can be a life changing event and we are proud to be able to sponsor an association that provides such an important service to the community.

Rehabilitation & Life Care Planning Symposium
Cohen Highley registered as Exhibitors for the Rehabilitation and Life Care Planning Symposium. This two day symposium was a non-profit event with proceeds going towards the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) and the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI Ontario). The symposium covered a wide array of topics relating to rehabilitation as well as provided excellent opportunities to network, share experiences, and learn.


Past Involvements

BMO Boolathon
After months of grueling training, Cohen Highley’s All-Star team of Jaime Bell, Ben Blay, Gene Chiarello, Landon Hang, and Captain Brian Phillips participated in the 2012 BMO Boolathon. The event was held to fund-raise for the Kids Help Phone, the only 24-hour professional counselling service for kids available in the community. From bowling with their opposite hands, using their feet, and ultimately bowling through the entire team’s legs, their hard work paid off raising over $800.00 for the charity and bowling over 200…the total of all their scores that is.

Drop Zone 2012
Cohen Highley staff members from both our London office and Kitchener office participated in Easter Seals Drop Zone. Joe Hoffer, Erin Klodt, Deborah Phibbs, Kathleen Lynch, and Lori Sprott together raised more than $8,200 for Easter Seals charity and rappelled down the sides of One London Place in London and the Masland Building in Kitchener.

Cohen Highley Classic Horse Show
Cohen Highley was proud to support our young riders in the Cohen Highley Classic for a 2nd year. The Cohen Highley Classic is 2 foot nine inch hunter class open to all riders held 4 times in the summer at the Ilderton Fair Grounds as part of the London Horsemanship Club.

Camp Dawn – September 13-16, 2012
Cohen Highley was a proud silver sponsor of this camp to provide adult survivors of acquired brain injuries with new opportunities to develop independence and social skills.

Obligations VI
Cohen Highley was an event participant and major sponsor for this international event.

1st Annual K. Turek Memorial Golf Tournament – July 13, 2012
Cohen Highley sponsored this event.

Royal LePage Triland Golf Tournament – June 7, 2012
Cohen Highley was a hole sponsor for the Royal LePage Triland 2012 Golf Tournament.

McCormick Park Tree Planting
Cohen Highley staff participated in the McCormick Park Tree Planting efforts to reforest McCormick Park. Overall the team planted hundreds of trees.

Royal LePage Triland Golf Tournament – June 7, 2012
Cohen Highley was a hole sponsor for the Royal LePage Triland 2012 Golf Tournament.

A Christmas Carol
Don & Joan Smith presented a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on December 14th, 2014 at Centennial Hall. The show featured music by Orchestra London with The London Singers & H. B. Beal Secondary School Singers; and featured our very own Lucy Lee as one of the readers. Cohen Highley was a proud sponsor of the event, which was held in support of the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Orchestra London.

Drop Zone
Cohen Highley staff members Angie Snider and Alex Farmer participated in the first annual Easter Seals Drop Zone and “enjoyed” an unforgettable view of North London while rappelling down the side of One London Place. Angie and Alex raised over $3,000 for the charity.

CPA Wheelchair Relay
The Cohen Highley team was proud to participate in the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) Wheelchair Relay, held on October 15, 2011, which raised $36,000 for the organization. Cohen Highley was awarded the honour of being the Top Fundraising Legal Team and the Most Determined Team. Cohen Highley team member, Ben Blay, was the Top Individual Fundraiser for the event. The CPA is an organization that assists people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence in the community.

Autumn Indulgence
Cohen Highley was a proud sponsor of the 8th annual event in support of local and international community projects through The Rotary Club of Grand Bend.

St. Joseph’s Tribute Dinner
Partner sponsor of the 2011 event in support of The Spirit of St. Joseph’s Health Care Fund.

Official Sponsor, since 2009, of the event in support of Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario and LEADS Employment Services.

Rock the Park
Since 2007, Cohen Highley has been an ongoing sponsor of the event in support of Bethany’s Hope Foundation, proudly contributing more than $75,000 towards the cause.

Lawyers Feed the Hungry
Cohen Highley has consistently been involved with food collection events and fundraising efforts in London. Kristin Ley serves on the Local committee and Joe Hoffer volunteers at agencies directly involved with hunger relief efforts.

Court House Rocks
In support of the London Lawyers Feed the Hungry, Cohen Highley is major sponsor for this event. Cohen Highley has also been a consistent participant of this annual evening of live musical entertainment by local lawyers, judges and other members of the legal community. Kristin Ley and Rachel Henderson are actively involved in the organization and implementation of the event, and in the past lawyers and staff have even participated as performers.

London Abused Women’s Shelter
We raise money throughout the year so that we can assist two or three families to have an enjoyable Christmas. We receive a wish list for a number of families from the Shelter and with the money raised during the year and in October and November we purchase, wrap and deliver the gifts to the Shelter for distribution to the families.

LEADS Employment Services
A non-profit organization that assists hard to place individuals to obtain employment. Lucy Lee serves on the Board of Directors. Cohen Highley is a significant sponsor of LEADS fundraising events. Community Seminars and Forums Many of our professionals provide continued support to the community through organization and participation in many free legal seminars and through involvement in post-secondary teaching.

University of Western Ontario
Cohen Highley has consistently provided support to the University and Pro Bono Students Canada program to assist in supplying free legal advice to non-profit organizations in the community and to enhancing the legal education of law students. As well, a number of associates and partners at the firm volunteer their time as judges for moot court and client counselling competitions. Cohen Highley is also a consistent financial supporter of events at the law school.

University of Western Ontario Tort Law Research Group
Cohen Highley was delighted to sponsor the 2011-2012 Public Lecture Series.

A charitable volunteer-based organization which has been providing therapeutic horse riding and driving for children and adults with special needs since 1978. Cohen Highley has been an annual sponsor for various events.

CFAA 2011 Canadian Rental Housing Conference
Cohen Highley was a Silver Sponsor for the event and presented at the conference.

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