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As a digital, solutions-focused law firm, our forward-thinking approach allows us to spend less time buried in admin and more time focused on you. Meet the incredible team that make SpringLaw the best in-class.

Meet Our Team

Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam

Lawyer, Managing Partner

Marnie Baizley

Marnie Baizley

Partner, Lawyer

Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany Thomas

Lawyer

Lexa Cutler

Lawyer

Filip Szadurski

Lawyer

Heather Power

Lawyer

Vincent Hoss-Desmarais

Vincent Hoss-Desmarais

Of Counsel Quebec Lawyer

Gaya Murti

Paralegal

Amanda Termeulen SpringLaw

Amanda Termeulen

Finance Manager

Jessica Raposo

Jessica Raposo

Client Services Lead

Mandeep Suri

Marketing Manager

Pauline Nyirabizimana

Bilingual Administrative Assistant

The Six SpringLaws

Keep It Real

Workplace disputes are unique to the individual. Our solution is the right balance of real-life experiences and legal analysis.

Listen

We ensure all legal advice and work is within your scope, not ours. No broken telephone. We gather information about your legal matter through our integrated online systems.

Be Collaborative

We invite you to actively participate in your legal matter. Together, we can achieve your workplace goals.

Scale the Scope

We match your legal expectations and invite you to actively participate in the process to keep costs down. We offer the ability to scale services based on your wants and needs.

Be Transparent

We believe in full transparency. The purpose of the client portal is for you to take control of your documents, invoices, and legal matters.

High Tech, Low Stress

Our grounded, practical solutions help reduce the emotional impact of your workplace issues, while our integrated online systems keep things moving so you can get back to work.

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Evaleen Hellinga

Evaleen Hellinga is a labour and employment lawyer with a keen interest in human rights. 

She began her legal career in-house at a large public school board – a large, unionized employer and public service provider. While articling, she supported the board in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. She also gained experience in human rights, privacy, education, labour and employment matters. After articling, she joined their labour department and dealt with a wide variety of labour issues including employee accommodations, harassment and discrimination complaints, wage entitlements, progressive discipline, terminations, and job posting and promotion disputes under various collective agreements.

Passionate about building and serving communities, Evaleen worked at Parkdale Community Legal Services during law school. She assisted clients with a variety of immigration applications, provided summary advice to community members, and supported collective action around issues affecting the Parkdale community. 

Evaleen lives in Toronto with her dog, Layton. She loves exploring Toronto’s neighbourhoods and escaping the city to camp, hike and bike when she can. When she can’t get outside, you’ll find her working on a sewing project or (delicately) demolishing her friends and family in the board game of the day.

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Nathalie Aubé

Co-founder of CRC Avocats, Nathalie began her career as an advisor in labour law, administrative law and human rights. Before founding CRC Avocats, Nathalie worked in a general law firm where she handled the labour and employment law practice. Nathalie also worked at the Commission des Normes du Travail in 2014, as well as at the Ministry of National Defense from 2015 to 2016, where she was able to perfect her representation skills, particularly in labour law and human rights. Since 2018, Nathalie has been working as a labour relations specialist advisor within a Government of Canada department.

Currently completing her master’s degree in labour law, Nathalie also holds a specialized degree in labour law and social protection. Valuing the collaborative approach between the parties in the conduct of her cases, Nathalie is in the process of obtaining a specialization in prevention and resolution of disputes and her accreditation as a mediator.  Working closely with her team, clients always benefit from a combination of strengths and professional experience based on respect and listening to the specific needs and expectations of each client.

Nathalie offers bilingual services (French and English) which includes representation and advocacy in English.

Nathalie practices of counsel to SpringLaw.

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Co-fondatrice CRC Avocats, Nathalie a commencé sa carrière en tant que conseillère en droit du travail, droit administratif et droit de la personne. Avant de fonder CRC Avocats, Nathalie a travaillé au sein d’un cabinet généraliste où elle s’occupait du champ de pratique en droits du travail et de l’emploi. Nathalie a également travaillé à la Commission des normes du travail en 2014 ainsi qu’au Ministère de la Défense nationale de 2015 à 2016 où elle a pu parfaire ses compétences en matière de représentation, notamment en droit du travail et en droit de la personne. Depuis 2018, Nathalie agit  à titre de  conseillère spécialiste en relation de travail au sein d’un ministère du Gouvernement du Canada.

Complétant présentement sa maîtrise en droit du travail, Nathalie est également détentrice d’un diplôme spécialisé en droit du travail et de la protection sociale. Valorisant l’approche collaborative entre les parties dans la conduite de ses dossiers, Nathalie est en voie d’obtention d’une spécialisation en prévention et règlement des différends et de son accréditation comme médiatrice. Travaillant en étroite collaboration avec son équipe, les clients bénéficient toujours d’une combinaison de forces et d’expérience professionnelle axée sur le respect et l’écoute des besoins et attentes particulières de chaque client.

Nathalie offre des services bilingues (français et anglais) ce qui inclus le service de représentation et plaidoirie en anglais.

Nathalie pratique en tant qu’avocate partenaire de SpringLaw.

Gaya Murti

Gaya is a licensed paralegal with a background in criminology and social work. Prior to joining SpringLaw, Gaya worked in criminal law and medical malpractice. She seamlessly navigates both the court systems and our rapidly changing litigation and court policies and procedures. Gaya will take the lead on litigation support, eDiscovery and further digitalizing our growing litigation practice. Gaya also supports our clients with legal research, drafting legal documents, filing and serving documents and ensuring that legal matters continue moving forward until resolution.

Gaya is a firm believer that it is our duty as advocates to ensure access to justiceA big part of this is providing knowledge, services, and resources to clients to ensure that they can deal with their legal matters appropriatelyShe understands how daunting it can be for clients to face the legal system, especially during a difficult time. Basically, Gaya is a compassionate and super nice person who makes our clients feel at ease in the midst of very stressful litigation moments.

With what is almost becoming a job requirement to work at SpringLaw, Gaya is passionate about animal rights and has two small dogs that she absolutely adores. When she is not working or trying to rescue a stray dog, she can usually be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen and trying out new recipes.

Amanda Termeulen

Amanda is our Finance Manager overseeing our billing and our client services team.  She has top-notch multi-tasking skills, attention to detail and an ability to work under pressure, ensuring our client accounts are organized, move forward, and meet key deadlines. With her exceptional people skills, warmth and compassion we know our clients are in excellent hands.

Prior to joining SpringLaw, Amanda was an Office Manager for an extremely busy Toronto periodontist practice.  Originally from Odessa, Ontario, Amanda joins us from Trenton, where she recently moved after living and working in Toronto.

On top of this, Amanda brings a sunny and positive demeanour, as well as Hendrik the German Shepherd to our growing team of fur babies.

Jessica Raposo

Jessica is our operations and project management lead, overseeing our firm’s marketing and communications, tech and innovation, as well as our client workflows and CRM.  She also supports our administrative, HR, client services and legal teams. She brings a creative and strategic mind, honed during her many years in the not-for-profit fundraising sector, where she wore many hats: team management, communications, donor relations and event planner.

Jessica has a wealth of wisdom, compassion and killer people skills that we know our clients, partners and team value, along with ninja multitasking and organizational skills to keep the firm on track.

In addition to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Jessica also worked for many years in the education sector. Outside of work, Jessica keeps busy raising two daughters with her husband in Toronto and loves travel, time with family and friends at the cottage, the great outdoors, skiing and yoga.

Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany is a labour and employment lawyer with a passion and natural predisposition for practical problem-solving. 

Tiffany articled with the country’s largest school board. During this time, she gained a specialized understanding of labour and employment, human rights, and family law within the education field. After completing her articles, Tiffany spent the next three years in the labour department of the Board focusing on problem-solving and litigating issues arising in the Board’s very large and diverse unionized workforce. She dealt with a large volume of workplace issues including health and safety, employee accommodations, discipline and termination, harassment and discrimination complaints and investigations, job competitions and posting disputes, collective agreement interpretation and policy issues within the context of several of the Board’s collective agreements. Tiffany also assisted with the negotiation of collective agreements. 

Tiffany’s goal is to provide legal services in an approachable and accessible way. She aims to ensure that whatever the legal problem, her client understands the legal complexities and nuances and the solution to the problem. Tiffany enjoys working with clients and assisting them in identifying their legal rights and creating, fostering and maintaining effective workplaces. While Tiffany seeks practical answers to legal questions, she will stand her ground when it is necessary.

Tiffany generally splits her time between London, Ontario and Toronto. She spends her time outside of work with her family, friends and her beloved rescue dog, Penny. While on her long morning walks, Tiffany regularly stops other dogs on the street to tell them how cute they are. She is a massive Toronto Raptors fan, enjoys fashion, live music and cliche mystery novels and is an avid Wheel of Fortune Watcher.

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Lisa Stam Best Lawyer Award 2023
Lisa Stam Best Lawyer 2022 Award

Lisa’s Publications

Lisa’s Past Speaking Engagements

 

Articles

Books

Other selected publications (available upon request):

Ontario Bar Association Labour Relations Monthly Newsletter:
  • Court Awards BC Police Officer $950,000 in Damages for Negligent Infliction of Mental Suffering by her Supervisor (April 2007)
  • Labour Not Subject to Higher Threshold than Other Creditors in Insolvency Proceedings: TCT Logistics (September 2006)
Canadian Benefits & Compensation Digest (International Foundation) case summaries:
  • Indexation Benefits Can Vest Upon Retirement: Dinney v. Great-West Life Assurance (August 2005)
  • Arbitrator Cannot Award Punitive Damages Against Insurer in Fibromyalgia Case (June 2005)
  • Update on Nova Scotia “Grow-In” Benefits (June 2005)
  • New CAPSA Guidelines for Pension Plan Governance (February 2005)
  • Nova Scotia Flip-Flops on Grow-In Benefits (February 2005)
  • A Letter of Credit Is Not an Asset (December 2004)
  • Financial Services Tribunal Addresses Pre-Retirement Death Benefits (June 2004)
  • The Financial Services Tribunal Considers Awarding Costs out of a Pension Fund (April 2004)
  • The Ontario Ministry Of Labour’s 2004 Discussion Paper: Ending The 60-Hour Workweek (April 2004)
Lancaster’s Bi-Weekly Pension & Benefit Law E-Bulletin:
  • Remedy Limitations with the Third Party Insurer: Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital (February 4, 2005)
2022
  • What: The First Thing We Do, Let’s Get Rid of All The Lawyers – DisruptHR Ottawa (November 8, 2022)
  • Helping businesses gear up for holiday sales – BMO Small Business Month Client Event (October 27, 2022)
  • Employment Law & Contracts- Canadian Benefits Certificate Program – Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (October 13, 2022)
  • Watching the Watchers – Your October 11 Compliance Deadline for Employee Monitoring – In partnership with The Privacy Pro and nNovation (September 20, 2022)
  • Examining how automation and AI are driving law firm productivity – Legal Tech Summit – Canadian Lawyer (June 15, 2022)
  • Employment, Labour & Contracts Law – The Wellness of Your Practice, Info & Advice for Healthcare Business Owners, RBC (June 9, 2002)
  • Employment and HR Law – Secretary Treasurer’s Association (May 19, 2022 )
  • Employment Law & Contracts – Canadian Benefits Certificate Program; Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (May 13, 2022)
  • The Workplace in the Social Media Age: Confronting the Challenges – Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate (April 28, 2022)
  • Employment Contracts Mistakes to Avoid in 2022 – Benchmark Benefit Solutions (January 12, 2022)
  • Labor Law Trends to Watch: 2022 – ADP Insights@Work podcast (January 10, 2022)
2021
  • Top 5 Employment Law Mistakes to Avoid in 2022 – SpringLaw’s SpringForward Legal Updates Webinar Series (December 15, 2021)
  • OMG! Back to the Office? – CNBPA (November 23, 2021)
  • OMG The Office is Open – SpringLaw’s SpringForward Legal Updates Webinar Series (August 27, 2021)
  • Mindfulness and Stress Management – How to Humanize Your Remote Lifestyle – LegalTech Summit Canada (June 29, 2021)
  • From Languishing to Flourishing During Covid-19 – SpringLaw’s SpringForward Legal Updates Webinar Series (May 19, 2021)
  • The Workplace in the Social Media Age: Confronting the Challenges – The Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals (April 26, 2021)
  • Top 4 Tips For Your Top 4 Legal Docs – SpringLaw’s SpringForward Legal Updates Webinar Series (April 21, 2021)
  • HR Professionals vs Employment Lawyers – SpringLaw’s SpringForward Legal Updates Webinar Series (March 17, 2021)
  • Employment Law & Contracts – Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute and HRPA (February 26, 2021)
  • Romance in the Workplace – ADP Insights@Work podcast (February 4, 2021)
  • Managing and Protecting a Stressed-Out Workplace – Benchmark Benefit Solutions (January 21, 2021)
2020
  • This Week in Legal Blogging – Robert Ambrogi (October 22, 2020)
  • Building a Book of Business (Even During a Pandemic) – Solo Small Firm Lady Lawyers (October 15, 2020)
  • Crunched by the Numbers: Artificial intelligence, algorithmic discrimination, and other emerging issues in workplace privacy law – Lancaster House (July 10, 2020)
  • Running a virtual law practice – Law Society of Ontario, Annual Six-Minute Employment Lawyer (June 18, 2020)
  • Working in the Future – What’s Next? – Thomson-Reuters (June 10, 2020)
  • Workplace Issues During Covid-19 – Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association (May 12, 2020)
  • The Workplace in the Social Media Age: Confronting the Challenges – Osgoode Hall Law School, Human Resources Legal Issues for HR Professionals (May 4, 2020)
  • An Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Cannabis Use” –  blueJ Legal (March 24, 2020)
2019
  • “Welcome our Robot Overlords – AI, Technology and Employment Law”, Human Resources Professionals Association/2019 HRPA Toronto LegalEase Conference (November 12, 2019)
  • “Technology Use at Work” – Law Society of Ontario, Employment Law Summit (November 1, 2019)
  • “Employment Law and Tech Panel: Risks and Pitfalls of Using Technology/Social Media during Recruitment”, Human Resources Professionals Association (June 25, 2019)
  • “Social Media & Tech in the Workplace”, Osgoode Certificate in Human Resources Law for HR Professionals (April 30, 2019)
  • “Remote Employees in a Digital Age”, British Computer Society in Canada (April 18, 2019)
2018
  • “The Workplace in the Social Media Age: Confronting the Challenges”, The Osgoode Certificate in Human Resources Law for HR Professionals (April 24, 2018)
  • “Winning Clients in the Age of the New Advertising and Referral Rules”, Ontario Bar Association Institute (February 8, 2018)
2017
2016
  • “Hiring for Your Firm: A Human Resources Guide for Interviewing and Making Employment Decisions” at OBA Enterprising Lawyer Series (November 18, 2016)
  • Hot Button Issues for In-House Counsel and Business Lawyers: “Employment Issues in Corporate Transactions” at OBA Professional Development (May 18, 2016)
  • “The Workplace in the Social Media Age: Confronting the Challenges” at The Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals (April 6, 2016)
  • “Computers, Cell Phones, and Surveillance: Drawing the line between employees’ privacy rights and management’s business interests” at Lancaster House 2016 Toronto Human Rights and Accommodation Conference (March 30, 2016)
2015
  • “Settlements in the Digital Era: Essentials for Non-Techies” at the Osgoode PD Program on Successful Settlements: Strategies & Tactics for Civil Litigation (November 26, 2015)
  • “Impact of Technology on the Expert” at the Osgoode PD Program on Property Valuation Disputes (November 3, 2015)
  • “Social Media, Just Cause & Restrictive Covenants” at the HRPA HR Law Conference (October 22, 2015)
  • “Minding Your Own Business: Privacy rules on collecting, using and disclosing employee information at Lancaster House Audio Conference (July 21, 2015)
  • “Family Status and the Duty to Accommodate” at the Ontario Bar Association’s 13th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law Conference (May 1, 2015)
  • Co-chair at Osgoode’s “Managing Employment Law Issues in the Digital Age”, and panel moderator on Employee Privacy Rights and Interests (April 20, 2015)
  • “Social Media in the Workplace” at the Osgoode Certificate in HR Law at HRPA (April 8, 2015)
  • Quoted in “Target to Close all Stores in Canada” published in SHRM Online (January 25, 2015)
2014
2013
  • “BYOD: Building a Program Right for your Organization” at Canadian Institute Workshop (Nov 2013)
  • “The ESA Beyond the 9-5: Mobile Workforce, Overtime, BYOD and Social Media” at Lorman Conference (Oct 2013)
  • “Social Media in the Health Care Sector” at Heath Professionals Appeal and Review Board & Health Services Appeal and Review Board Joint Tribunal Members’ Educational Conference (Oct 2013)
  • “BYOD: Employment, Organizational & Tech Issues”, co-presenter at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Seminar (Sept 2013)
  • “Employment Law Issues in the New Immigration Law Regime” at firm client event (Sept 2013); *video link available upon request
  • “The Workplace in the SM Age: Confronting the Challenges” co-presenter at Osgoode HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate Program (July 2012)
  • “Social Media for Executives”, to Women President’s Organization, Toronto chapter (June 2013)
  • “Identifying and Managing Risk in Using Social Media and Bring-Your Own Device (BYOD) in Your Organization”, co-presenter at Canadian Institute (May 2013)
  • “Social Media, Overtime and the Salaried Worker – How to Deal with the Elimination of the 9-5 Workday” at Lorman Conference (May 2013)
  • “What’s New in Social Media, Technology & Privacy in the Workplace”, at Osgoode Professional Development CLE Program of “What’s New in Employment Law 2013” (May 2013)
  • “Implications of Accommodation & AODA“, at firm client event (April 2013)
  • “When International Employee Assignments Go Bad“, on panel hosted by Canadian Employee Relocation Counsel program (April 2013)
  • “Social Media in Business“, participant in Canadian Netherlands Business & Professionals Association program on business development (March 2013)
  • “Social Media and Terminations: Caselaw Update“, at Federated Press program (February 2013)
  • “Social Media & Legal Marketing“, on Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013 panel (February 2013)
2012
  • “How to Get Fired Because of Facebook: Social Media and Terminations in the Health Sector”, at Manitoba’s InterAct EMS conference (October 2012)
  • “The Borderless Workplace: Social Media, Privacy and Technology Issues”, at firm client event (October 2012)
  • “Update on AODA”, at firm client event (September 2012)
  • “Jones v Tsige: The New Privacy Tort”, at Lorman Conference (July 2012)
  • “Freedom of Speech & Social Media in the Academic Workplace”, McMaster University (June 2012)
  • “Taking Your Social Media Policy International”, global client event (April 2012)
  • “Professionalism and Practice Management Issues in Social Media, at LSUC Employment Law Summit on the New Workplace in the Age of Social Media (April 2012)
  • “Social Media in the Global Workplace”, presentation hosted by Foreign Lawyers Association in Tokyo, Japan (April 2012)
  • “Social Media, Terminations and Slander”, Federated Press Program (March 2012)
  • “Canadian Employment Law 101”, firm client events in Chicago, Houston and Dallas (February 2012)
  • “Employment Law Issues in Hiring & Interviews”, firm client event (February 2012)
  • “AODA Update”, firm client event (January 2012)
2011
  • “Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act in the Workplace”, at Human Resources Professionals Association conference (October 2011)
  • Participant on firm Privacy Panel with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian (October 2011)
  • “Privacy & Proprietary Information”, for Retail Council of Canada (September 2011)
  • “Workplace Disability Law: Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act and the Human Rights Code”, at Rehabilitation Network (September 2011)
2008-2010
  • “Bill 168 – Employer’s Sword or Shield?” at Employer’s Advocacy Council’s Business Summit –(March 2010)
  • “Ontario Human Rights Regime – A New Era: Should Employers Be Concerned?” at Employer’s Advocacy Council’s Business Summit on Workplace Safety & Insurance (March 2009)
  • “Remedial Certifications”, at Law Society of Upper Canada 6 Minute Labour Lawyer program (June 2008)
  • Ontario Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs:
  • Co-Chair of Labour Law 101 (November 2009)
  • Co-Chair of When Health Law & Labour/Employment Law Collide (December 2008)
  • Co-Chair of Clients, Clients Everywhere: Tips for Aspiring Rainmakers (November 2008)
  • Co-Chair of Pension Law 101 (November 2007)
  • Co-Chair of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide: Pension Primer for Everyday Practice (November 2006)

Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam practices all aspects of employment, labour and human rights law, and has a particular interest in legal issues involving technology in the workplace and the various methods by which people continue to mess things up with technology.

She regularly advises clients on the usual employment law fare: domestic and international employment advice, drafting offer letters and employment contracts, workplace policies and handbooks, advising on bonus and commission plans, benefits, workplace privacy issues, independent contractors, confidential and proprietary information, and discipline and terminations. She has also advised on a variety of human rights issues such as accommodating disabilities in the workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination and gender transition.

Lisa frequently speaks on and advises clients about the impact, risks and opportunities of technology in the workplace, including social media legal issues, privacy breaches, and ownership of data. She remains perplexed at humanity’s inability to more carefully set their social media privacy settings but continues to enjoy the juicy bits of evidence that could form the basis of a future best-selling novel.

Lisa is a member of the Canadian Netherlands Business and Professionals Association, Verity Women’s Business Club and various bar associations (the legal not fun kind). She graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialty in medieval history, and therefore went to law school, graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 2003, and has since been licensed to practice law by the Law Society of Ontario.

When not practicing law, Lisa practices adulthood with a spouse, two kids and a dog, hikes outdoors, watches anything historical, and probably enjoys more opera and science fiction than is socially acceptable.

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Hilary Page

Hilary Page brings a diverse legal background to her employment law practice. She has experience with a wide variety of workplace issues including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, human rights matters and workplace compliance issues.

She started her career summering with a litigation boutique in downtown Toronto and then articled in-house at a municipality, where she developed an interest in workplace and human rights law.  After articling Hilary worked in Kingston, Ontario as a criminal defence and prison lawyer before joining a mid-sized regional firm as an associate in the Labour and Employment group.

Hilary was called to the Ontario bar in 2013. She has a law degree from Queen’s University and an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in English Literature and minored in French and Women and Gender Studies. Hilary also spent a year at McGill University and has a certificate in professional Chef Training from George Brown College in Toronto.

Originally from Scarborough, Hilary splits her time between Toronto and Ottawa. She is a passionate outdoors lover, foodie, and yogi. Hilary enjoys hikes with her dog Jack, farmers’ markets, pizza and travel to warm places. Be sure to ask her about that time a bear chased her off her campsite in the Algonquin interior.  She’s tough.

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Emily Siu

Emily is in her third year of lawyering and comes from a litigation background to help grow and support our employment litigation practice.

She has appeared before the Small Claims Court and Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has successfully represented domestic and international insurers at settlement conferences, mediations, hearings, private negotiations and motions. It turns out Emily is also super skilled at tricky drafting and complex legal terms, so really, she’s the full package.

During law school at Queen’s, Emily helped build and transform the school’s social media approach for attracting a diverse class of students, and she continues to volunteer on a not-for-profit experimental film and new media board.  She brings her creative soul to each legal problem she solves

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Danielle Murray

Danielle is an employment and labour lawyer at SpringLaw. Her areas of expertise include wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, human rights law, workplace discrimination and harassment, workplace discipline, occupational health and safety and employment standards.

She has experience advocating for employers and employees with a variety of workplace issues before Ontario courts and tribunals. She also frequently drafts and reviews employment contracts and advises clients on severance packages.

Prior to SpringLaw, Danielle was a criminal defense lawyer at a prominent firm in Toronto. She represented clients and assisted in hearings before all levels of Courts in Ontario and administrative tribunals. Danielle articled in a civil litigation boutique in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she appeared before the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and assisted in hearings, mediations and arbitrations.

Danielle was also an Early Resolutions Officer at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman, where she liaised with government officials and interested stakeholders and members of the public to ensure compliance with legislation as well as policies and procedures.

Danielle is bilingual in French and English and holds degrees in both common law and Quebec civil law from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She is called to the Manitoba and Ontario bars. 

In addition to her legal experience, Danielle has an entrepreneurial nature and is a musician. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Danielle toured internationally with various musical groups, including a Juno-award winning band, and co-managed two bands. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and son, their cat, piano, guitar and ukulele.

Me Danielle Murray est avocate chez SpringLaw et pratique en droit du travail et de l’emploi. Elle conseille et représente les employeurs et employés en lien avec tous les aspects du droit de l’emploi, y compris les congédiements déguisés, congédiements injustifiés, les droits de la personne, la discrimination et le harcèlement en milieu de travail, les politiques d’entreprise, la santé-sécurité au travail et les normes d’emploi.

Me Murray intervient pour le compte de ses clients devant les tribunaux judiciaires et administratifs en Ontario. Elle conseille fréquemment ses clients en ce qui concerne la rédaction de contrats de travail et les négociations entourant l’indemnité de départ.

Avant de se joindre à SpringLaw, Me Murray était avocate en défense criminelle et pénale dans un cabinet de renommée à Toronto. Elle a représenté des clients et a assisté dans des procès devant les tribunaux à tous les niveaux en Ontario ainsi que devant des tribunaux administratifs. Ayant complété son stage du Barreau du Manitoba dans un cabinet de litige civil, Me Murray a plaidé devant la Cour du banc de la Reine du Manitoba et a assisté dans des procès devant les tribunaux du Manitoba, ainsi que dans le cadre d’arbitrages, de médiations et de négociations.

En tant qu’agente de règlement préventif au bureau de l’Ombudsman de l’Ontario, Me Murray analysait les plaintes des membres du public pour cerner les problèmes et de les régler. Elle était chargée d’interviewer toutes les parties prenantes, y compris des représentants d’organismes gouvernementaux, afin de déterminer si la législation, les politiques et les procédures pertinentes étaient respectées. Elle reconnaît l’importance de l’impartialité et de la communication efficace.

Issue d’une famille exogame, Me Murray est francophone et maîtrise le français et l’anglais. Elle est finissante du Programme de droit canadien, un programme bijuridique et bilingue de la faculté de droit de l’Université d’Ottawa, ce qui lui a permis d’obtenir un diplôme en common law et en droit civil du Québec. 

En plus d’avoir acquis son expérience professionnelle en droit, Me Murray s’est distinguée comme musicienne douée d’un esprit entrepreneurial. Elle a fait de la tournée à l’échelle internationale en compagnie de nombreux groupes musicaux, dont un groupe lauréat d’un prix Juno, et deux groupes qu’elle a fondés et gérés. Me Murray habite à Toronto avec son époux et leur fils, leur chatte, son piano, sa guitare et son ukulele.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

What: When Workplace Investigations Are Necessary And How to Manage Them When They Are
Counselwell’s National Employment Forum

When: February 22, 2023, and March 1, 2023

Who:  Jessyca Greenwood and Marnie Baizley

Where: Virtual

Jeesyca Greenwood

Jessyca Greenwood is an experienced trial lawyer with a passion for client-centered advocacy and crisis management. She has conducted hundreds of trials and hearings, and has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario. She regularly advises victims, witnesses and subjects facing investigations and/or charges, and defends a wide array of regulatory and criminal allegations and frequently acts as Amicus Curiae to the Court and Tribunals.

Jessyca’s practice includes advising on the intersection between the workplace and criminal law, particularly as it applies to workplace investigations that require police involvement. She has represented clients on a variety of criminal, employment, and human rights matters, and conducted and defended respondents in workplace investigations. She has a focus on mental health, accessibility and employer policies that support inclusivity and wellness. Jessyca has a proven ability to negotiate, mediate and help parties resolve difficult situations. Additionally, she has worked with various regulated professionals, defending allegations of breaches of their respective professional obligations.

Jessyca has a deep knowledge of the impact mental health has on businesses, workers and employers, and is an expert in mental health advocacy, crisis management and workplace safety. Since the beginning of her career, Jessyca has committed herself to learning advocacy skills by volunteering at Windsor Law’s community legal aid clinic. She speaks regularly to students and lawyers and sits on a number of boards and committees committed to access to justice, inclusion and mental health advocacy. After more than a decade of managing her own law firm, Jessyca joined SpringLaw in 2020.

Matt Chapman - SpringLaw

Matt Champman

Matt Chapman’s practice encompasses all aspects of employment and human rights law. A substantial amount of his time is spent representing both employers and employees as they proceed through the termination process, including when things get complicated and require litigation. Matt comes from a commercial litigation background and has successfully represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario, including at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.

For employees:

Matt understands just how significant a life event a termination can be for an employee. You inevitably spend much of your life at work, so part of your identity will be inextricably linked to what you do for a living. When that gets taken away from you unexpectedly, you need someone who will provide you with sound advice and advocate resolutely on your behalf. That’s Matt. He relishes digging into a termination file and will do everything he can to guide you through this difficult time, while protecting the entitlements you may have for your loyal service to your employer.

Matt also regularly conducts contract reviews and has a penchant for guiding senior staff and C-Suite executives through the negotiations that come with their complex compensation offers.

For employers:

You might be looking at this page because Matt represented one of your employees in the past. That’s okay, Matt does plenty of employer-side work too! His experience representing employees gives him insight from which your organization can benefit. Knowing what the employee (and their counsel) may be thinking can provide an invaluable tactical advantage when faced with a wrongful dismissal claim. Ideally, you’ll never need to terminate an employee. Realistically, it is a business reality and can be necessary for any number of reasons. Bringing Matt in to help plan an exit from the outset that’s sensitive to both cost and risk can help avoid claims and get you back to focusing on what you really want to be doing: building your business.

Employers don’t hire employees expecting it to be a failed relationship, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps to be taken that are considerate of that possibility. Matt can help protect your organization with strategic planning that encompasses the entire employment relationship. He regularly drafts contracts and crafts policies that cater to an organization’s unique needs. He provides practical and cost-effective advice and always does so in a manner that’s considerate of the particular realities that exist in different sectors and industries. There is no one size fits all approach, and Matt will get to know your organization to ensure his advice fits your culture and goals.

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 2009. After a few years working with a burgeoning tech and education start-up, Matt left to attend law school in the Cayman Islands. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016.

In his time away from lawyering, Matt enjoys travelling, writing, and listening to his vinyl hip-hop collection way too loudly. He’s also a bit of a gamer and is still able to hold his own in spite of his aging twitch reflexes – strategic planning matters everywhere! There are few things that Matt loves more than a good story well told, so be sure to tell him your best one.

Marnie Baizley - SpringLaw

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

What: When Workplace Investigations Are Necessary And How to Manage Them When They Are Counselwell’s National Employment Forum

When: February 22, 2023, and March 1, 2023

Who: Marnie Baizley and Jessyca Greenwood

Where: Virtual

MARNIE BAIZLEY

Marnie Baizley’s practice includes employment, labour and human rights law, and workplace investigations.

Employment, Labour & Human Rights

Marnie advises employers, human resources professionals and employees on issues arising at all stages of workplace relationships, including: drafting and negotiating employment or independent contractor agreements, performance management, accommodation of disabilities, discipline and terminations, social media and the use of technology in the workplace, workplace privacy issues, confidential and proprietary information, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, human rights and employment standards proceedings, and employment-related litigation. Marnie also develops employer policies, and delivers customized workplace training sessions to ensure employers are current and legally compliant.

Having advised clients from a wide range of industries for many years, Marnie is experienced at assessing the legal, practical and business issues at play. She develops practical and cost-effective strategies to promote positive employee relations or to restore them, when possible, when a conflict has arisen.

Workplace Investigations

Marnie conducts impartial workplace investigations of harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, and human rights allegations. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and is an AWI Certificate Holder (AWI-CH). Marnie’s years of experience of advising and representing both employers and employees in workplace matters is invaluable when retained as a third party neutral to investigate.

Marnie also regularly provides strategic advice to clients when workplace harassment allegations have created discord in their workplace, whether her client is a complainant or respondent in an investigation, or an employer seeking a legally compliant and cost-effective solution.

Prior to joining SpringLaw, Marnie practised at a global employment and labour law firm, as well as at a prominent Toronto employment and labour law boutique.

Marnie is a former Canadian squash champion. She competed on the Women’s Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour between 1997 and 2003 and reached a world ranking of 30. She enjoys anything outdoors, family trips back to her native Manitoba, and continues to play the odd game of squash. Unlike her colleague, Lisa Stam, she is unlikely to be found listening to opera or taking in science fiction. Ever.

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