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: Integrity, Compassion, Excellence, Wisdom."
Leslie J. Smith, B.A., LL.B.
Called to the Ontario Bar in 1988, Leslie J. Smith has enjoyed nearly 35 years as a lawyer in Ontario.
Although her practice is now restricted to Employment Law, Leslie has had a wide and deep array of experience as a lawyer in areas such as personal injury, insurance law, human rights claims, tort and contract litigation, commercial litigation, real estate and mortgage litigation, residential real estate conveyancing and estate planning and administration.
Within her Employment Law practise, Leslie regularly provides employees and employers with negotiation, mediation and litigation on all employment law matters including hiring issues, retaining and terminating employees, disability claims, discrimination, leave of absence management, performance management, harassment, employment contracts and post-employment duties.
Leslie has conducted Workplace investigations including investigations into allegations of moral failure in the religious workplace.
Trained as a Mediator (2008), Leslie has conducted numerous mediations and maintains a mediation practice: www.smithadr.com.
Between 2003 and 2021, Leslie sat as a Deputy Judge, Small Claims Court in Halton County. This was a part-time position open only to lawyers with at least 10 years of practice experience. In this role, Leslie adjudicated thousands of cases on all matters heard by the Court.
Leslie was a Legal columnist for 17 years with the Burlington Post and has given numerous lectures and talks to lawyers and law students primarily on Employment Law.
Leslie’s Speaking Engagements have included the Ontario Bar Association Institute (2017) Charities and Not-for-Profit Section and Christian Legal Fellowship National Conference on employment law, ethics and professionalism.
In 2014, Leslie published her first book entitled “Legal Ease – Essential Legal Strategies to Protect Canadian Non-Union Employees”, a basis reference guide book written for the non-lawyer. www.legaleasecanada.com.
Leslie is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario, Halton County Law Association, Christian Legal Fellowship and Canadian Christian Business Federation.
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Leslie brings to her clients a wealth of legal experience gained since her Call to the Ontario Bar in 1988. Articling at an elite litigation firm in Toronto (1986/7), Leslie was first trained in Insurance Law (personal injury, property, casualty, disability) and Civil Litigation. In her own firm since 1995, Leslie’s practice has been focused on Employment Law, primarily assisting employees. Having a reputation as an expert in Canadian Employment Law, Leslie enjoys serving her clients with their workplace issues through negotiation, courtroom advocacy, mediation, workplace remediation and workplace investigations.