After nine years with the same company, Rob Mortenson had racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. Over his tenure he’d doubled sales, simplified processes and increased efficiencies such that when the company restructured, his position was made redundant. We often hear it said, but in this case it’s true; he worked himself out of a job.
What made matters worse was the nagging feeling that the settlement he’d been offered was unfair; an assumption that was confirmed and encouraged by the first Employment Law lawyer he consulted. To complicate matters further, his first lawyer was taking him down the path that pointed to a long and costly trial. As the file began to play itself out, it became increasingly complex and Rob became increasingly uncomfortable with the direction his matter had taken.
Looking for a second opinion, Rob contacted Leslie’s office. “Leslie took the case on principle”, Rob states. “One of the first things she said was, ‘We have to get you out of this position’.” “She’s an exceptionally effective communicator,” Rob continues. “Right from the beginning she was on the phone with my former employer, using plain language to state my case and my employer’s case to simplify the situation. What’s remarkable is that within three weeks I was extracted from the situation.” Through Leslie’s efforts, Rob secured a severance package that he would not have obtained had the file been allowed to linger on.
The differences were stark; in the first case his lawyer was so wedded to the adversarial system that Rob’s options were never properly presented to him. Leslie, on the other hand, coupled her extensive experience in negotiating, mediating and advocating employment issues with her respect for a process of mutual accommodation, thus engineering a quick and successful end to Rob’s legal saga.
“She took it on principle, she listened, she was accessible, she persevered and in the end, negotiated a favouable outcome without the anxiety and expense of a trial.”
“I highly recommend Leslie J Smith as she is an exceptional lawyer who acts with the utmost integrity. Leslie is a professional with a strong set of beliefs and values that guide her as she champions the interests of her clients. I found myself in a complex and costly legal situation as a result of some bad advice from a previous lawyer. The situation looked desperate and I felt there was no positive way out until a family member recommended I give Leslie Smith a call. Using her excellent knowledge of law, effective communication skills, and sheer perseverance, Leslie was able to simplify the situation and settle my case in only a few weeks. I can definitely say I got great value in going to Leslie, and saved myself considerable headache and money in the process.”
Robert E. Mortensen,
"Leslie was highly recommended to us, and we were not disappointed. Working with Leslie allowed us as a company, and me personally, to feel supported and respected. Her approach in obtaining a deep understanding of the issues, exploring solutions and options, managing a potentially explosive situation, and bringing about a resolution that fit within our business goals, made Leslie a wonderful partner."
Serge LaFleur, Chief Operating Officer
Hospitality Network, Ontario, Canada
Fair Results for Employee
“I’m so glad we went to Leslie for help. She got us the right result — a fair result — quickly and with courtesy and strength. I have already referred another friend to her. I recommend her unreservedly.”
"During a recent change in my employment status that began a trying time in my life, I required legal assistance to review my situation. Through a radio advertisement on 99.5 FM WDCX I heard about Leslie J. Smith Professional Corporation. Coincidentally, as I sought a recommendation for legal advice from a friend Leslie Smith’s name and reputation were mentioned.
In contacting Leslie I found her to be very welcoming and she immediately put me at ease about my situation. Leslie not only provided advice but it was clear that she cared about my situation and would dedicate herself to providing cogent legal guidance. Leslie was very open to discussing alternative approaches and working to identify and implement the approach that best suited the situation and my wishes. In the end my outcome was very positive and I credit that outcome to Leslie.
Leslie was a pleasure to interact with and very helpful during a challenging time in my life. I would highly recommend Leslie’s professional legal services!"