By Karen Gross / Photography by Jeff Kirk

From the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Nexus

Alex Moore, LLB 1996Just a few years out of law school, Alex Moore, LLB 1996, headed to San Francisco to check out the dot-com bubble. Some of his law school classmates were already succeeding in Silicon Valley, and Moore wanted to see what all the fuss was about. “Until that time, the fact that a Canadian-trained lawyer might have an opportunity to work in California was really a novelty. Maybe New York or London, but not California.  But the dot-com bubble changed that and within a couple of months I got down there and had a few job offers,” he says.

Moore quickly confirmed that U of T had prepared him well. He passed the state’s notoriously difficult bar exam. And while the bubble burst not long after he arrived, he managed to get established and within three years made partner at his law firm. “What I found was that I was more than able to be successful in that market, not in spite of my Canadian training, but on the strength of it. Many of my colleagues came from elite U.S. law schools and I could see that U of T was competitive with some of the best.”

Moore brought his expertise back to Toronto, where as a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP he now focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. “I’m at a point where I look back and see that my entire career and the great opportunities I have enjoyed built off the foundation that the Faculty of Law provided me,” he says. Which is one reason for his contribution to student financial aid. “If law school was the foundation for the rest of my career’s success, it’s important to sustain that for others entering the profession.”

Just as important, he says, is helping others have as robust a law school experience as he had. “I participated in Downtown Legal Services. I took family law. I took a course on environmental philosophy. I wasn’t focused on how I would make enough money to pay off law school loans. That shouldn’t be one’s preoccupation at law school,” Moore says. “I just think a broader education will prepare you better for whatever you plan to do.”