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Levitt & Grosman Canadian employment lawyers are internationally recognized as leading Canadian lawyers in the area of employment law and wrongful dismissal and are located in Toronto, Ontario. The Levitt & Grosman Employment and Labour Law Group is considered one of the most experienced employment law practices in Canada.

We are experts at handling employment law suits focused on wrongful dismissals and unjust dismissals, human rights issues, sexual harassment and discrimination, constructive dismissals, issues with severance pay and severance packages, employment contracts and/or being fired or laid off.

Our employment lawyers regularly represent clients before all levels of courts, mediators, labour relations boards, grievance arbitrators, and employment tribunals. Our lawyers have the experience, the depth, and the resources to help you. Our lawyers are able to handle a diverse range of employment and labour matters.

With specialized knowledge and experience to assist clients on even the most complex matters, our lawyers work to ensure the proper legal entitlements in all cases.


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Senior Partner



Howard A. Levitt
Senior Partner
Tel: (416) 594-3900
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Howard Levitt is Canada's best known and most quoted authority on employment law. He is ranked on Martindale the #2 most viewed lawyer out of 16,896 in Toronto and in the top .001% in the world. Howard writes a weekly column in the National Post and is the author of Canada's leading dismissal text book, The Law of Dismissal in Canada three other texts, and Editor-In-Chief of the national law report, The Dismissal and Employment Law Digest, which covers every dismissal and employment law case across Canada. The Law of Dismissal and accompanying law report is cited in more decisions across Canada than is any other text. It is used by practitioners, law schools and judges throughout the country. He is also the recipient of the Governor General's 1992 Medal for Services to Canada.

Mr. Levitt produced the Wrongful Dismissal video for Canada Law Book. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts across Canada, including the Alberta Court of Appeal, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been lead counsel in more employment law cases than any other lawyer in Canadian history, and successfully. He has regularly chaired workplace law conferences across Canada, including the Ontario Law Society, for its first ten years 2001-2009, the maximum time permitted.

Howard Levitt practices throughout Canada and has a far greater national profile than any other Canadian employment lawyer. He regularly conducts cases in eight Canadian provinces. His practice includes wrongful dismissal, unjust dismissal pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, human rights, sexual harassment, general harassment, breach of fiduciary duty, employment contracts, workers' compensation, workplace health and safety, injunctions restraining competition and information distribution, wrongful hiring, negligent misrepresentation in the employment context, providing clients with preventative advice and all other aspects of employment law, labour law and human resource litigation. Any lawyer can settle a case in some amount, Howard Levitt's settlements are unsurpassed because the opposition knows that he will be an effective and tireless opponent. Unlike most employment lawyers, he conducts his own trials and his record of success is unparalleled.

Howard Levitt also practises all aspects of management labour relations law including certification and decertification of trade unions and in a variety of matters before labour relations boards and tribunals, employment standards and human rights tribunals and before arbitrators and adjudicators.

He commonly appears at grievance and interest arbitrations, employment standards fact findings and adjudications, the Canada Labour Relations Board, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunals, Employment Standards Referees, Workers' Compensation and Appeal Tribunals.

He is the labour and employment counsel for many of Canada's largest corporations and acts as chief spokesperson for numerous collective bargaining negotiations in a variety of industries. He conducts lobbying at the Federal and Provincial level on behalf of several clients regarding labour legislation.

Mr. Levitt regularly appears as counsel across Canada and appears regularly in many cases in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as in Ontario, where he resides. Mr. Levitt is commonly sought as counsel by other lawyers, to render second opinions to support their clients or as co-counsel.

He taught arbitration law at the University of Toronto for several years in the early 1980's.

Over the past 32 years, Mr. Levitt has lectured at seminars across Canada, appearing at over 400 conferences in the employment law area, including conferences for the Law Society, Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Levitt has also conducted labour law seminars for Canadian Manufacturers' Association, Personnel Associations of various cities, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as for other management and professional groups across Canada.

Mr. Levitt acts for many national employers in a variety of industries as well as having acted for many senior executives. He is part of the Levitt & Grosman LLP lawyers in the Toronto office.

Mr. Levitt is known for aggressively defending his clients.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

He has received calls to the Bars of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School's Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation Programmes.

PUBLICATIONS and MEDIA APPEARANCES


  • Workplace Law Columnist for the National Post 1999 to date
  • Formerly a columnist for the Toronto Star 1994 - 96, 1998 - 99;
  • Multiple radio and television appearances across Canada on at least a monthly basis.
  • Constantly quoted in multiple newspapers and magazines.

Mr. Levitt has been the subject of and quoted in numerous articles in the Canadian news media as well as publications, such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, in the United States. He has also been quoted in the United Kingdom. He has also been quoted in:

  • The Washington Post
  • Workplace News
  • The New York Times
  • Employment Law Report
  • The National Post
  • CBC Newsworld
  • The Globe and Mail
  • CTV National News
  • The Toronto Star
  • Canada AM
  • The Toronto Sun
  • W5
  • Employment Law Report
  • CBC Radio
  • Financial Times
  • The Agenda with Steve Paikin
  • Macleans
  • The Verdict with Paula Todd
  • The Montreal Gazette
  • AM 640, 680, 1010
  • The Calgary Herald
  • FM 98.1
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Canadian Employment Law Today
  • Lawyers' Weekly
  • HR Reporter
  • Employment Law Report

 

He has been involved in many of Canada's most high profile cases in his area and has been listed in all editions of Lexpert, a directory of the top 500 lawyers in Canada as a leader in employment law. He has been quoted in an American Lawyer Media/Lexpert. He is recognized in the 6th Edition of The World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers published by Euromoney.
Mr. Levitt articled at what was then McCarthy & McCarthy, spending most of that year working exclusively for John J. Robinette, viewed by many as the top Canadian Lawyer of the 20th Century. He worked for thirteen years at the national law firm Lang Michener LLP before opening Levitt & Grosman and then merging the firm with Brian A. Grosman, Q.C. to form Levitt & Grosman LLP.

Brian A. Grosman, Q.C.
Senior Partner
Tel: (416) 594-3900
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Brian A. Grosman, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M. is the founding and former Senior Partner of a Toronto employment and labour law firm.

Mr. Grosman is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree and continued on to receive his LL.B at the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1962 and called to the bar of the Province of Saskatchewan in 1971. He completed his Master of Laws degree at McGill University (1970-1). Mr. Grosman was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Law at McGill University from 1967 to 1971. In 1971 he was invited to the University of Saskatchewan College of Law as a full Professor of Law and inducted as a member of the Saskatchewan Bar. He taught law at the University of Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1979. In 1974, he was appointed the founding Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan and remained in that position until 1979 when he returned to Toronto to practice law.

His early law practice included a number of years as a Toronto criminal defence lawyer, as well as a part-time federal prosecutor (Ministry of Transport). In Ottawa, he practiced law with a firm engaged primarily in civil litigation before joining the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

Brian Grosman was a teaching Fellow at McGill University, a Fellow of the New York University Institute of Comparative Criminal Law, a Russell Sage Fellow at the University of Denver and a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Free Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

He was Editor-in-Chief of “The Employment Bulletin: Legal Issues in the Workplace”, published by Canada Law Book. This publication has been in existence for over 20 years. He is also the author of a number of key books in the field of employment law:

* The Prosecutor, published by University of Toronto Press.

* Police Command: Decisions and Discretion, published by McMillan.

* The Executive Firing Line: Wrongful Dismissal and the Law published by Carswell/Methuen.

* Fire Power: The Positive Approach to the Dilemma Faced by Every Employer and Employee published by Penguin/Viking and revised (in paperback).

* Corporate Loyalty, A Trust Betrayed published by Viking.

* Fire Proofing: Job Protection in the Nineties published by Key Porter Books.

* Employment Law in Ontario (with John Martin) published by Canada Law Book.

* Discrimination in Employment in Ontario (with John Martin) published by Canada Law Book.

* Pink Slip Chronicles, published by Fire Power Press.

* The Law of Inducement, Special Lectures of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Brian Grosman has written over 50 articles published in legal journals in Canada, the United States and Europe on matters relating to employment and labour law including New Directions in the Law and Wrongful Dismissal, published in the Canadian Bar Review.

He is the founding partner of a law firm that has specialized in employment law for over thirty years, advising corporate employers and employees on terminations, employment contracts, management and human rights. He has appeared at all court levels in Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Canada and has mediated and arbitrated numerous employment disputes as nominee of both employers and employees involved in such disputes.

He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He was an executive member of the Quebec Society of Criminology and recipient of the Prix Beccaria, awarded to him by the Society. He is a life member of the American Law Institute and acted as a member of the executive of the American Society of Criminology. He was elected as one of the two Canadian members to the College of Labour and Employment Lawyers Inc. (U.S.A.) of the American Bar Association and has remained a member in good standing from 1997 to date. Mr. Grosman has served on a number of boards and commissions including the Canadian Human Rights Association and, AUTO21, a Federal Network of Centres of Excellence 2001 to 2006. Mr. Grosman has addressed numerous professional organizations including associates of judges and lawyers throughout North America on issues relating to employment law, labour law employment contracts and human rights discrimination and he has delivered over 200 speeches, seminars and workshops. In August 2007, he addressed the meeting of the Caribbean Bar in Miami. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), a publication in the National Post. He is certified by York University as an Advanced Mediator.

On January 6, 2014 he and Howard Levitt two of the most experienced and knowledgeable employment and labour lawyers in Canada joined forces in the new firm Levitt & Grosman LLP.

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Partner



Israel Balter
Partner
Tel: (416) 597-6478
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Israel Balter is a leading Toronto employment lawyer and he represents and advises employers and employees in employment and Human Rights matters.

The vulnerability of employers to Human Rights proceedings in Ontario has dramatically increased with a passage of Bill-107. As a former investigator with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Israel brings an insider's perspective in advising employees on discrimination complaints and in counselling employers on how to investigate and to effectively defend such proceedings.

Recognized for his expertise in Employment law, Israel's advice and experience is sought from clients in a range of industries including broadcasting, communications, information technology, call centres and non-profit organizations.

Driven by a philosophy of first rate client service, Israel is a solution oriented lawyer who strives to achieve customized and effective resolutions in his clients' interests.

Education

Called to the Ontario bar - 1984
Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB – 1982

Recognition:

Received a "CV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships:

Canadian Bar Association

Representative Transactions:

Israel Balter represents employees in human rights and wrongful dismissal actions and advising employers on protecting themselves against employee proceedings and workplace issues. He has expertise in devising proactive measures to assist employers in reducing and managing termination and severance costs. Some other examples of his expertise include:

Media Mentions:

Israel frequently appears on radio and television programs where he discusses topical issues relating to Human Rights, sexual harassment and equality. He was recently featured in Spirituality Inc.: Companies are Hiring Chaplains for Heart-to-Heart Chats with Employees. Their First Challenge: Skepticism, in The Globe and Mail. In the article Israel discusses the recent inclusion of corporate chaplains in the workplace.

November 21, 2007
8th Annual Employment Law Summit
Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada

November 24, 2006
7th Annual Employment Law Summit
Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada

November 2005
6th Annual Employment Law Summit
Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada

2005
Lorman Series on Employment Issues
Speaker, Lorman Education Services

Industries

Communications
Consumer Products / Retailing
Entertainment & Sports
Family Owned Businesses
Hospitality / Services
Internet & Information Technology
Manufacturing





Matthew L. Dewar
Partner
Tel: (416) 597-6480
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Matthew's practice focuses on assisting employees and employers with issues concerning human rights, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal and sexual harassment and discrimination. Matthew has extensive experience in drafting employment contracts that meet the changing employment standards of today's workplace. He also has expertise with Labour Board issues.

Matthew brings unique skills and perspectives to his employment and labour practice. During his seven years of judicial clerkship for a solo practitioner, he produced employment briefs, medical briefs, and motion records and had extensive involvement in researching and drafting statements of claim affidavits and orders.

His membership in the London Musician's Union while he was a self-employed professional musician gives him practical knowledge and experience with labour law. Matthew also has special insight, as a former independent designer, marketer and events coordinator into the challenges faced by entrepreneurial businesses.

Education

Queen's University, LLB - 2004

Year of Call

Ontario 2005

Teaching Engagements:

At Queen's University, Matthew was selected to serve as a teaching and research assistant to Faculty of Law Professor Rosemary King.

Memberships:

Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
London Musician's Union

Community Involvement:

Matthew was an organizer and performer for a variety of charitable fundraising events during his years as a professional musician. His work benefited such organizations as the Camp Trillium childhood cancer support centre and the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario. He also performed in "Lawlapalooza," the annual charity fundraiser of the Queen's University Faculty of Law.

Personal Interests:

From the late 1980s until 2002, Matthew was a self-employed musician, as well as a designer and developer of promotional materials and web sites for various businesses. As a musician he toured Europe and North America with numerous musical acts and worked as a studio musician. He also recorded, produced and promoted three independent music CDs, and arranged and published a book of children's songs. Matt was featured in Hitting the High Notes an article in Canadian Lawyer Associates Summer 2008 edition that highlighted lawyers who are also musicians. In addition, Mr. Dewar's involvement with entertainment and media activities included three years of service with Michael P. Wasserman, Inc., as a business manager and coordinator of high-profile special events.

Publications & Presentations:

Co-author," Law Note - Union Counters Employer's Loss Claim from Illegal Strike," (with N. Fera), Lang Michener LLP InBrief Fall 2009. "Mitigation: What One Hand Giveth, The Other Taketh," Lang Michener In Brief Summer 2008.

"Bill 107 Means New Challenges for Employers," Updated version of Ontario's Human Rights Code Amendment Means New Challenges for Employers, May 14, 2008.

"Law Note - New Challenges for Employers: Changes to Human Rights Code," Lang Michener InBrief Fall 2008.

"Ontario's Human Rights Code Amendment Means New Challenges for Employers," Lang Michener Employment & Labour Brief Spring 2008.

"Are You Ready For Bill 107?," Workplace, January /February 2008

Industries

Communications
Broadcasting
Media
Telecommunications
Entertainment & Sports
Film & Theatrical Production
Internet & Information Technology
Manufacturing
Transportation & Logistics





John-Edward C. Hyde
B.A., M.A., LL.B., J.D. Certified Specialist (Labour Law)
Partner
Direct: (416) 597-7879
Cell: (416) 994-4753
Fax: (416) 597-3369
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

John Hyde is a management-side lawyer and a partner at the firm of Levitt & Grosman LLP, nationally recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent Boutique Labour and Employment Law Firms.

John advises management on all aspects of employment and labour law, including representation before administrative tribunals, collective agreement negotiation, arbitrations, wrongful dismissal defense and human rights. He also assists clients in providing strategic legal and human resources advice on labour and employment matters arising out of complex mergers, acquisitions and the sale of businesses. John’s pre-law background is in operations and human resources management in the transportation industry. This experience provides him with the unique opportunity to assist clients in the formulation of practical legal solutions, specifically tailored to their needs.

John is one of only 24 lawyers in Ontario certified as a Specialist in Labour Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

John represents private, public and institutional clients in a wide variety of labour and employment matters across Canada. His clients include international transportation interests, construction companies, manufacturers, health care providers, universities and major breweries. John has developed widely recognized legal sub-practices in the specialized areas of Transportation and Construction Labour Relations. He is the author of a number of articles in various labour and employment publications, and has presented numerous seminars on labour and employment law matters.

Education

LL.B., University of Windsor, 1991 (Canadian Law Degree)
J.D., University of Detroit Law School, 1991 (US Law Degree)
M.A., University of Guelph, 1988
B.A. (Hons.), University of Guelph, 1986

Memberships

Member, Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Member, Transportation Lawyers Association of America and the Canadian Transport Lawyers’ Association
Member, and past Director of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association
Member, and past Director of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
Member, The Royal Canadian Military Institute and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club





Muneeza Sheikh
Partner
Tel: (416) 597-6482
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Tel: (905) 597-0230
Fax: (905) 597-0226
E-mail:
Office: Richmond Hill

Muneeza Sheikh currently practices in the area of labour and employment law. She provides advice and representation in employment matters to corporations and executives, including dismissal, hiring, contracts, human rights and employment litigation. Muneeza has successfully resolved a number of difficult and complex employment matters, both litigious and non-litigious.

In her labour law practice, Muneeza works closely with employers in preparing and presenting complex labour matters before administrative tribunals and the court. She has represented clients before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, the Grievance Settlement Board, and at private arbitrations.

Muneeza completed her undergraduate studies at York University in Sociology and Labour Studies and then attended Osgoode Hall Law School, where she obtained a law degree. She was called to the bar in 2008 and worked for one of the leading union-side labour law firms learning from top litigators in the area. Muneeza also spent time working as in-house counsel for one of the largest unions in the province.

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B
York University, Sociology and Labour Studies, BAH

Year of Call

2008

Languages

English, Hindi and Urdu





Robert C. Taylor
Partner
Tel: (416) 597-3369
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Robert's passion for the law stems from his Western Canadian roots and his desire to assist clients in achieving their corporate and personal objectives. He is a senior litigator who takes pride in applying practical and innovative solutions to challenging workplace issues.

He assists human resource professionals in managing the employee relationships in a way that supports their organization's business objectives. Robert also provides advice to employees to help them resolve their workplace issues. If an employee has been terminated, Robert works diligently to achieve a just result through negotiation or litigation.

He has appeared in all levels of Court in Ontario, the Supreme Court of British Columbia; the New Brunswick Court of Queens Bench, Federal Court Trial Division, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Robert welcomes the opportunity to work with you to help you find the optimal legal solution to your workplace issues.

Robert’s Employment Expertise Includes:

  • Advising the Multinational and Multi-Jurisdictional Employer
  • Contracts for Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Employment Standards
  • Human Rights
  • Obtaining Injunctions to Protect Proprietary Information
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Wrongful and Constructive Dismissal Litigation
  • Social Media in the Workplace

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 1976)

University of Toronto (BSc Hons 1972)

Year of Call

Ontario, 1978

Memberships:

Law Society of Upper Canada
Advocates’ Society
Canadian Bar Association
American Bar Association
Islington Golf Club

Notable Speaking Engagements & Publications:

Robert speaks on employment and litigation issues at continuing professional development courses for accountants. He has also written on issues pertaining to employment law. His most recent publication:

The Top 10 Employment and Labour Risks, The Bottom Line – June 2012

Not-For-Profit Involvement:

Robert is on the Board of Directors of Bellwoods Centre for Community Living Inc. which is a not-for-profit organization providing community based, client directed support services and independent living education programs for people with physical disabilities living in the greater Toronto area.




Associate



Sunira Chaudhri
Associate
Tel: (416) 416-597-3373
Fax: (416) 416-597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Sunira is a civil litigator and her practice encompasses litigation and the negotiation of civil disputes in the areas of employment and labour law.

In her practice of employment law, Sunira applies practical and innovative solutions to the challenging workplace issues faced by her clients. She acts on behalf of executive employees, employers and union representatives.

Sunira represents executive employees with respect to their employment-related inquiries including matters of constructive dismissal, human rights violations, wrongful dismissal, and the interpretation of compensation plans, restrictive covenants, and stock arrangements. Through her experience, Sunira has developed exceptional skills in negotiating with employers to obtain the best possible result for each of her clients.

When representing employers, Sunira focuses on managing the termination process and promoting a confidential negotiation where litigation is avoided to protect the interests of the employer.

Sunira also represents union representatives within her practice of labour law where she conducts negotiations and mediations.

Access to justice has been a very important issue to Sunira especially with regard to those who are living below the poverty line and those dealing with mental health issues. During her studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, Sunira worked pro bono as a disability legal worker at a community legal clinic for three years.

While at the community legal clinic, Sunira represented clients at Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) appeal hearings before the Social Benefits Tribunal. Most of her clients suffered from significant health issues which often presented challenges but helped her to build strong interpersonal skills.

Because access to justice is important to Sunira, she recently joined Pro Bono Lawyers of Canada in order to assist as duty counsel at the Superior Court of Justice.

Awards

Recipient of R.J. Gray Award – Osgoode Hall Law School, 2009

Memberships & Associations

Ontario Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

Pro Bono Law Ontario

The Advocates' Society

Women's Law Association of Ontario

South Asian Bar Association

Toronto Lawyers Association

Interests

Sunira has a large interest in the arts and works with different arts organizations in Toronto. She is a member of the Business for the Arts Organization where she acts as volunteer junior counsel. In addition, she is an active member on the Young Patrons Circle at the Royal Ontario Museum and is a board member of Soundstreams Encore in Toronto.

She also has an interest in running, skiing, golfing, tennis, traveling, fashion, writing, current affairs and world politics.

Education

York University (B.Sc., 2006)

Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 2010)

Year of Call

2011





Sean O’Donnell
Associate
Tel: (416) 597-7874 ext. 526
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Sean O’Donnell is an associate at Levitt & Grosman LLP, practising employment and labour law.

Prior to joining Levitt & Grosman, Sean practised at a leading litigation boutique where he gained experience in myriad areas of practice including employment and labour law, medical malpractice, professional liability, administrative law, class proceedings and commercial litigation. Sean also practised at a leading plaintiff-side class actions firm in the areas of securities, product liability, regulatory liability and institutional abuse claims.

During his articles, Sean obtained a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation before his admission to the Ontario Bar in 2010.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queen’s University of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. While at Queen’s, Sean received a course award in Insolvency and saw his Intellectual Property paper published in the Hibernian Law Journal. Sean also obtained a Certificate in American Business Practice from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2005.

Education

National Committee on Accreditation (Certificate of Qualification, 2009)
The Queen’s University of Belfast (LL.B., 2006)
University of Tulsa (Certificate in American Business Practice, 2005)

Year of Call

Ontario, 2010

Professional Associations

The Advocates’ Society
The Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Toronto Lawyers Association
Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce
Licensing Process Tutor – The Law Society of Upper Canada





Tatha Swann
Associate
Tel: (416) 597-3368 ext. 503
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Tatha advises employees and employers on matters relating to employment, labour and human rights law. Prior to joining Levitt & Grosman LLP, she worked for an international law firm and worked with top litigators in management-side employment and labour law.

She now uses her experience to assist employees in negotiating employment contracts and severance packages and in commencing and litigating wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, human rights and employment standards claims. Tatha ensures that her clients know their rights and assists in obtaining their entitlements as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Tatha also continues to work with employers to reduce risk, minimize liability and craft practical business solutions to employment matters, litigious and otherwise. In particular, she assists employers, both unionized and non-unionized, in matters such as preparing employment and independent contractor agreements, preparing workplace policies, hiring, discipline, termination, conducting workplace investigations, defending wrongful dismissal claims, employment standards complaints, human rights complaints, unjust dismissal complaints, grievances, arbitrations and other day-to-day employment matters.

She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board and Ontario Labour Relations Board as well as private mediations and arbitrations.

Tatha was called to the Ontario bar in 2011. Prior to practicing law, she studied Architecture at the University of Waterloo and worked for several well-known architecture firms specializing in hospital design.

Education

University of Windsor (Juris Doctor, 2010)
University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours), 2006)

Year of Call

Ontario, 2011

Publications & Presentations

Co-Presenter, "Accommodating Sex: It Can Change" – HRPA 2014 Annual Conference & Trade Show
Co-Author, "Cross-Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Canada" Carswell (September 2013)
Co-Author, "Federal Human Rights Update" – Presented at 2012 Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers (CACE) Annual Conference
Co-Author, "Bill 146 Could Mean Increased Liability for Employers Under the Ontario Employment Standards Act" (2000)
Co-Author and Co-Presenter, "You Are What You Tweet: Perks and Perils of Social Media"
Co-Author, "You Did What!? Limits On Off Duty Conduct"
Co-Presenter, "Workplace Investigations Seminar"

Memberships

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations
Law Society of Upper Canada
Advocates' Society




Articling Students



Mitchell Greenberg
Articling Student
Tel: (416) 594-3900 ext. 475
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Mitchell is one of the current articling students at Levitt & Grosman. He completed his Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor in 2014 after having completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in History from the University of Toronto in 2011.

Before starting with Levitt & Grosman, Mitchell was a summer student at Teplitsky, Colson LLP. There, he worked closely with lawyers specializing in commercial litigation.

During his time at the University of Windsor, Mitchell was heavily involved in campus life. In 2013, he spoke at the Windsor Law Social Justice Symposium about his research on Section 7 of the Charter and the right to housing.

Education

2014 – University of Windsor (Juris Doctor)
2011 – University of Toronto (Honours Bachelor of Arts)

Volunteer Experience

While at the University of Windsor, Mitchell co-founded the Interfaith Community Action Committee, an organization dedicated to serving warm meals through the Downtown Mission of Windsor, whilst simultaneously building bridges of understanding and solidarity amongst Windsor Law’s diverse body of students.

Interests

Mitchell’s interests include: literary fiction, international cinema, CrossFit, and developments in the interactive entertainment industry.




Jan Tomiska
Articling Student
Tel: (416) 594-3900 ext. 471
Fax: (416) 597-3396
E-mail:
Office: Toronto

Jan is one of the current articling students at Levitt & Grosman. He obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Before that, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, French, and German at the University of Toronto, Trinity College. Jan spent part of his time at law school on exchange at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, French. Through an immersive program of study at one of France’s most distinguished law faculties, he gained a functional understanding of French civil and EU law. He also volunteered at Downtown Legal Services, the student legal clinic affiliated with the University of Toronto. As a member of the Tenant Housing division, he handled cases under the Residential Tenancies Act, meeting with clients and assisting counsel.

During his second summer at law school, Jan acted as a research assistant for Prof. Jeffrey MacIntosh. As part of this work, he researched a journal article on comparative Canadian-US corporate law and prepared an extensive report on the judicial history of the Supreme Court’s influential BCE decision. He also did work on stockbroker liability and a research grant proposal for an artificial photosynthesis project. This experience enabled him to hone his legal research skills and deepen his knowledge of commercial law.

Education

2014 – University of Toronto (Juris Doctor)
2009 - University of Toronto (Honours Bachelor of Arts)

Languages

English, French, German, Czech

Volunteer Experience

For several years, Jan was a member of the executive of Rosethorn Tennis Club. As Men’s House League Convenor, he revamped the house league, one of the most popular activities at the club. As a member the executive, he also presided over a period of expansion of the club’s competitive and organized activities during which additional competitive teams were established and a new coaching staff was hired.

Awards

During his studies at the University of Toronto, Trinity College, Jan received the Douglas Bond Symons prize for academic achievement in the field of philosophy. Jan had completed a major in philosophy, focusing on the history of the Western philosophical tradition.

Interests

Jan is very active and enjoys doing strength training at the gym, running, and playing tennis. He represents Rosethorn Tennis Club on its competitive intercounty team. He is also an avid cook who regularly experiments with new recipes and unusual cocktails. Foreign languages are another passion of his, and he is currently learning Spanish.