Jay McLeod received an LLB degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 and an LLM degree from the University of London in 1972. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1974.

Jay was the author and editor of several leading family law publications, including the Annual Review of Family Law, the Reports of Family Law, the Canadian Family Law Quarterly, and Matrimonial Property Law in Canada. His works were cited with approval by courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Jay served as a family law consultant to the Canadian Bar Association and the provincial and federal governments. During his 33 years as a professor, he not only taught at both the University of Western Ontario law school and the Ivey School of Business but also served as associate dean of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.

Jay’s contribution to family law in Canada was surpassed only by the esteem in which he was held by his colleagues and the legal community. He made family law simple and provided guidance to law students and the judiciary alike.

Jay acted as counsel to Niman Gelgoot and Associates LLP. He is greatly missed by all members of the firm.