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Toronto lawyer Ralph Lean campaigned for David Miller and helped get him elected. But now he says he’ll back Mayor Rob Ford in the next election.
Toronto lawyer Ralph Lean campaigned for David Miller and helped get him elected. But now he says he’ll back Mayor Rob Ford in the next election.
(Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)

Lawyer Ralph Lean jumps to Heenan Blaikie

Bay Street lawyer Ralph Lean, a prominent Tory fundraiser and backroom player in Toronto mayoral politics, is leaving Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP after he says he could not make a “fair” deal to stay on past retirement age.

Mr. Lean, 67, is joining Heenan Blaikie LLP as “counsel,” after he and Cassels could not agree on how much he should be paid to stay on past his former firm’s mandatory retirement for partners at 68.