We are a group of people who actually like our job. We also like working with each other, making our communications and teamwork seamless and occasionally, kind of fun. As technology increasingly automates our day to day admin, each team member takes on an increasingly client-focused role, with everyone equally responsible for keeping our clients happy.
Lisa 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 Upper Canada (known as Ontario for anyone born after 1867).
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.
Hilary practices employment law, bringing a diverse legal background to her work. During law school she summered with a litigation boutique in downtown Toronto. She completed her articling program inhouse 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 now splits her time between Goderich, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron, and Toronto, where she grew up.
Hilary has experience with a wide variety of workplace issues including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, human rights matters and workplace compliance issues.
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.
Hilary is a passionate outdoors lover, foodie and yogi. Hilary enjoys hiking with her dogs, time at the cottage and travel to warm places.
Sandi is the firm’s Director of Everything. She handles all administrative matters, billing, marketing and client development. With 30 years experience, she is our go-to on most day-to-day matters in the firm. Sandi easily embraces new technology and is a big fan of the virtual office environment.
Sandi has a flair for business writing, blogging and social media. She uses these same skills in her volunteer work for a local cat shelter. When unplugged, Sandi enjoys time away from the city. She has a passion for decorating and loves weekend road trips to explore quaint little towns and their unique offerings.
King Law Chambers
Our firm is a virtual member of the King Law Chambers (KLC), located at 43 Front Street East in Toronto. We rely on KLC for the non-digital, on-the-ground components of our firm’s infrastructure. Lil Lim is the KLC Receptionist, Diana Ganesh is the KLC Law Clerk, and Sandy Angunawela is the Administrative Clerk, each of whom provide invaluable support to our clients and firm generally. While SpringLaw is a virtual law firm, we do look for excuses to see our colleagues at KLC, and occasionally use the boardrooms and facilities for meetings, events and in-person discussions.
Quebec Employment Counsel
We advise on employment law across Canada, other than for Quebec workplaces, for which we pull in a colleague out of Montreal, Quebec.
US Employment Counsel
For our US based clients with a Canadian operation, we collaborate with US employment attorneys from California, Texas and Illinois, each of whom assist us with our cross-border workplace law matters.