Awardee identifies AI in the workplace and conflict in the public sector as challenges
Canadian Lawyer is recognizing the best labour and employment law firms nationwide for their commitment to legal excellence and client service, timely and strategic advice, consistent and substantial contributions to legal developments, and effective results.
Harris & Company LLP stands out among the 70 nominees due to its large legal team and its focus on internal collaboration and cooperation. The firm’s lawyers make a point of holding non-billable meetings and sharing their information and knowledge so that they can continue to deliver outstanding client service and exceptional work.
“Our success reflects our client’s success, and if we can contribute to that, that’s a success for us, which is fulfilling,” Lindsie Thomson, the firm’s managing partner, tells Canadian Lawyer.
The firm considers occupational health and safety, and privacy issues among its strengths. It identifies AI in the workplace, conflict and incivility in the public sector, and complex picketing injunctions as challenges. The firm works on investing in its members’ knowledge to maintain its standing as a frontrunner.
Another winning firm, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP, has a national presence that boosts its ability to serve its clients. It has nearly 80 lawyers with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Halifax. With its large roster of legal professionals, the firm can expediently handle its clients’ problems.
“We aspire to be the best, and that means challenging ourselves, ensuring our people are recognized and taken care of in the right way,” says Greg McGinnis, a Toronto-based partner at the firm.
The firm’s strengths include its exceptional lawyers, superior legal knowledge, and creative and effective remedies. It is willing to adapt to the times so that it can continue being a heavyweight within its legal field.
Rae Christen Jeffries LLP, another awardee, has broad knowledge spanning all sectors and has promising young partners. The firm has handled hundreds of cases at labour arbitrations and before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the courts.
“Our firm can look at the number of clients, wins, or awards, and we’ve achieved success, but getting a note of thanks from a client still means the most to me,” says Angela Rae, the firm’s founding partner.
The firm offers its clients exemplary service and practical advocacy. Its legal team helps clients deal with their ongoing or novel labour relations issues, anticipate problems, and identify how to minimize potential liabilities. To adapt to the post-COVID world, the firm has made renovations so that firm members can treat its new space as a home base.
Canadian Lawyer congratulates the Top Labour and Employment Law Boutiques. The full list of winners can be found here.