LESLIE J. SMITH, B.A., LL.B.
A master communicator, Leslie is able to clearly explain complex legal concepts to her clients. Leslie’s clients are educated as well as represented by one of the best in the industry.
Leslie brings to her clients a wealth of experience gained over the past 28 years since her Call to the Bar of Ontario in 1988:
Negotiation, Written Advocacy, Courtroom Advocacy, Mediation, Lecturer, Speaker, Legal Columnist and now, Author (Legal Ease: Essential Legal Strategies to Protect Canadian Non-Union Employees).
Since 1995 when Leslie opened her own practice in Oakville, Ontario, Leslie has been providing excellent and honest legal services to the people of Oakville, Ontario Canada and the Greater Toronto Area.
Concentrating on Employment Law since 1995, Leslie is a subject matter expert in all areas of Employment Law for the non-union employee and employer.
When Leslie is not at the office, she is usually climbing mountains, enjoying friends and family, writing books or preparing for her next speaking engagement!
Leslie's Core Beliefs
I strive each day to live and work by one principle - treat others as I would want to be treated. In my practice, that translates into 4 key values:
I do what I say I will do and I am honest and transparent at all times with everyone I deal with including clients, staff, opposing counsel, the court and anyone else. I provide my clients with an honest assessment of their case no matter. If I make a commitment to a client, I keep it. Integrity also means that my clients know before they retain me what my fee structure is. Every client signs a retainer agreement that clearly sets out my fees etc. and I explain it to them so they understand it before they sign the agreement. If a client appears unsure of whether or not to retain me or what to do, I tell them to go home and think about it first. I never arm-twist any client to retain me because ultimately, that always backfires.
Employees having difficulty at the workplace are often in considerable emotional distress when they arrive at my office. Employers can be as well. Employment issues involve human interactions, which necessarily involve emotions that sometimes need healing. I enjoy helping my employee clients think and feel differently about their situations. I also enjoy helping employers understand that their employees need to be treated with respect, dignity, kindness and fairness, no matter what is going on.
I have been blessed with a very organized and logical mind that works like a trip hammer, especially in court. I am also blessed to be able to see the forest for the trees. In other words, I can very quickly sort out the relevant facts and issues in order to resolve my client's cases efficiently. Excellence also means to approach matters with a large measure of practicality, always thinking about what is best for my client and their family and/or business. Finally, excellence also means behaving with class which to me means acting like a lady and thinking like a man. In this business, acting like a bully or being ultra-aggressive with opposing parties or counsel, is totally counter-productive to getting a file settled. I have learned to be hard on the issues and soft on the people - a winning combination.
I have also been blessed with discernment and intuition that allows me to often "know" what is really going on with my clients. Equally, my own life journey has led me through difficulties in personal relationships so I understand how upsetting a broken employment relationship is. My own struggles married with discernment and intuition allows me to treat my client holistically, not just legally. This is the thing that sets me apart from most other lawyers, so say my clients.
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