Leslie J. Smith, B.A., LL.B., of the Ontario Bar 1988
Employment Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator, Investigator, Author, Speaker
27 Years in Practice
Employment Law is a practice weighted with emotions. Almost always there is a broken relationship at the core.
I see it as my job to recognize how difficult it is for my clients; not only from a financial, but emotional perspective. Those that solicit my help come to me because they’ve encountered difficulties that impact their ability to earn a living, pay their bills, and properly care for their family’s needs.
Companies that solicit my help often struggle with wanting to do the right thing, but don't know how. Or they've made mistakes and are faced with unwanted litigation.
First and fore-most, it’s my job to listen. Unlike many lawyers who work in large downtown law firms, I work and live in the same community as my clients. They are friends, neighbors and colleagues. Respect for their lives is a starting point.
Client-centric service is our mandate
Respecting your desire to resolve your case quickly and efficiently, I provide legal services that lead to outcomes that you value. Treating you holistically, I consider not just the legal issues, but more importantly what is right for you and your family or business.
Working together, we create a solution that makes sense. My goal is to resolve disputes quickly and peacefully. An Employment Law matter should never, in my view, descend into litigation but if it does, I am very experienced and successful at court advocacy.
Employees - including general laborers, supervisors, general managers, district managers, vice presidents, presidents, owners, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, etc. Any type of non-union employee can be a client.
Employers - including government, industry, not-for-profit, NGOs, start-ups, small, medium, large businesses, family businesses, publicly-traded, privately held, etc.
Christian workplaces (charities / churches) - a unique type of client, Leslie has a particular passion in helping Christian charities and churches with their personnel issues including sensitive workplace investigations with recommendations on the legal and spiritual issues.
Advocacy before Courts & Administrative Tribunals
Mediation as lawyer representing a client
Special Services for Christian Churches and Charities
Anti-Harassment / Violence Policy Creation
Anti-Harassment / Violence Staff Training
If you are a non-union employee or employer in Canada, I look forward to hearing how I can assist you with all your employment law needs. Whether at the beginning, in the middle, at the end or after employment, a creative and effective resolution to your situation is a mere phone call away. Click below to learn more about my Employment Law services.
Disability Insurance Cases
Often, employment law cases involves disability insurance issues. If you have been refused third-party disability insurance benefits or have been cut off your benefits, I can help. Call me to discuss your situation. I have extensive experience in personal injury and insurance cases. Click below to learn more about Disability Insurance Services.
Mediation and Arbitration
As a Mediator and Arbitrator, I can attest to the effectiveness of Neutral, third-party intervention where negotiation has failed. Mediation is a great alternative to protracted litigation. It can also help the parties avoid lawsuits. Interest-based Mediation assists the parties to craft a settlement that suits them and resolves their difficulties in a peaceful way and if desired, maintain relationships. Arbitration is a private court process that results in a final and binding order. Click below to go to my mediation / arbitration web site to learn more about Mediation and Arbitration.
Human rights and occupational heath and safety legislation require workplace investigations when there are allegations of workplace harassment, violence and/or harassment. My judicial experience with writing decisions, is invaluable when interviewing witnesses, assessing credibility, weighing the evidence and then preparing a report with recommendations. Having a neutral third party conduct an investigation, is the right way to handle difficult workplace issues. Click below for more information on Workplace Investigations.