Daniel Lublin, Founding Partner

Daniel Lublin - Toronto Employment Lawyer at Whitten & Lublin Employment Lawyers

Daniel Lublin, Founding Partner

dan@whittenlublin.com

Law School: University of Western Ontario

Admitted to Bar: 2004

Years of Experience: 18+

Proficiency In: Termination, Dismissal, and Severance

Media Commentator & Author – See Daniel Lublin’s report in the business column in the Globe and Mail

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An Ambitious and Inspiring Leader, Setting
New Standards and Revolutionizing Workplace Law

Daniel Lublin is one of the most recommended employment lawyers in Ontario and Canada because he gets the job done right.

Daniel works tremendously hard for his clients to successfully resolve their workplace disputes. He assists executives, employees, contractors and businesses to navigate termination and severance matters, with a particular emphasis on wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, human rights and harassment claims and allegations of bad faith behavior. 

Daniel’s clients describe him as a “strategist – leaving nothing to chance”, a “most clever and shrewd negotiator”, a “skillful and commanding litigator” and having a “a never-ending goal to win” when battling for their employment rights. This is because Daniel possesses an unrelenting desire and passion to ensure that his clients are treated fairly and properly, particularly as it relates to termination and severance. This belief transcends every element of Daniel’s work on his cases from beginning to resolution and is what motivates Daniel to vigorously fight for what his clients are rightfully entitled to. He simply does not give in or let up until justice for his clients is achieved. Period. 

Daniel welcomes the opportunity to assist clients to achieve amazing results.

 

Courtroom Success: – Daniel Commands the Room

As a courtroom lawyer, Daniel handles various workplace-related legal disputes and human rights matters.  Daniel’s full commitment to getting the successful results his clients deserve is evidenced by the more than 40 reported judgments that Daniel has achieved for them in court, such as:

  • Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports2017 ONCA 158: prevailed in Ontario’s leading and most referenced case on employment contracts, decided by the Court of Appeal. 
  • Morgan v. Herman Miller Canada Inc., 2013 HRTO 650 –prevailed in a two-week human rights trial concerning discrimination on the basis of race and reprisal, resulting in a significant award of damages for a terminated employee.
  • Adjemian v. Brook Crompton North America, 2008 CanLII 27469 (ON S.C.) a game changing case at the Ontario Court of Appeal confirming that wrongful dismissal cases can and should be heard in an expedited fashion.
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  • Kraft v. Firepower Financial Corp, 2021 ONSC 4962, prevailed in a case against a financial firm that tried to deny payment of the largest ever commission earned by an ex-banker and also obtained a 10-month severance package for an employee with 5 years’ service, including additional payments due to the impact of Covid-19.
  • Yee v. Hudson’s Bay Company 2021 ONSC 387, successfully argued the first known Canadian case to address the impact of COVID-19 on severance awards and secured a 16-month severance package and bonus to a terminated executive of HBC, following a trial.
  • Lau v. CGI, 2018 HRTO 643, successful application to join together a group human rights proceeding alleging systemic and group discrimination, at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
  • Downtown Kids Academy Inc. v. Zakrzewski 2017 ONSC 5045, successful defence of an injunction application alleging a violation of a non-solicitation clause, brought against a new business owner by her former employer.
  • Ozorio v. Canadian Hearing Society, (2016) ONSC 5440: successfully doubled the severance package offered to a 30 year senior manager, to 24 months, with the court’s recognition that older and long-term employees should receive significant severance awards to compensate for their age and long service.
  • Tetra Consulting versus Continental Bank of Canada, (2015) ONSC 4610: successfully obtained a large wrongful dismissal judgment on behalf of a senior bank executive; and see Tetra Consulting v Continental Bank et al., 2015 ONSC 6546: where the defendant was ordered to pay extraordinary legal costs to Mr. Lublin’s client due to its defence strategy.
  • Buaron v Acuity Ads Inc., 2015 ONSC 5774: Successfully convinced a court to strike down an employment contract that attempted to limit Mr. Lublin’s client to only minimum severance and obtained damages for wrongful dismissal due to the termination.
  • Markoulakis v SNC-Lavalin Inc., 2015 ONSC 1081, secured one of the highest ever wrongful dismissal judgments in Canadian history, against SNC Lavalin, obtaining a 27-month severance award following the termination of a senior civil engineer after 41 years’ service.
  • K.P. v Oracle Canada ULC, successful wrongful dismissal lawsuit on behalf of senior sales executive, against Oracle Canada.
  • Ledford v. Friendly Times, 2014 HRTO 70, successful defence of human rights lawsuit alleging age discrimination.
  • Hussain v. Suzuki Canada Ltd., 2011 Carswell Ont 12251 (ON S.C.) – one of the highest ever severance awards in Canada (a 26-month severance package) given to Suzuki Canada’s longest-serving employee.
  • Cardenas v. Kohler Canada Co., 2009 CanLII 17976 (ON S.C.) – one of the largest group wrongful dismissal judgements in Canadian history, where Mr. Lublin successfully obtained nearly $1 million in damages for five terminated employees.
  • Camaganacan v. St. Joseph’s Printing Ltd., 2010 ONSC 5184 (ON S.C), prevailed in wrongful dismissal case, securing a 16-month severance package for a client who was offered only 6 months by his employer.
  • Nasager v. Northern Reflections Ltd., 2011 ONSC 5872, which is an appeal court case, where Mr. Lublin successfully upheld a judge’s decision that his client should be awarded a 6-month severance package where the employer gave him only 5 weeks.
  • Corporate Investigative Services v. Steele et al. 2012 ONSC 3286 (ON S.C.) – Successful defence of a summary judgement motion in a large corporate action involving two competing security companies.
  • Harvey v. Shoeless Joe’s, 2011 ONSC 3242 (ON S.C.) – Successful defence of a wrongful dismissal claim from a former executive.
  • Napolitano v. Friendly Times Child Care Centre, 2012 HRTO 603 – One of the few cases dismissing a human rights application from an ex-employee on a summary hearing.
  • Hayes v. Peer 1 Network Inc., 2007 CanLII 65614 (ON S.C.D.C.) – wherein Mr. Lublin successfully overturned a lower court’s decision to move his client’s case to British Columbia, instead of Ontario where the client resided.

Awards and Recognition:

Daniel Lublin’s highly valued skills and results are continuously recognized by peers, industry and media alike.

  • Founding partner of Whitten & Lublin Employment & Labour Lawyers; nationally recognized as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms by Globe & Mail (and one of the only workplace law firms to receive this distinction).
  • Named in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada™ for Employment & Labour Law.  Recognition is based on consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues.
  • Recognized by the Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory as a “Leading Practitioner” of Employment Law.  Lexpert is the most trusted and authoritative listing of leading lawyers in Canada and selection is determined by a vote conducted among peers.
  • Recognized by Chambers’ guide for Canada’s Leading Lawyers in Employment Law
  • Ranked as one of “Canada’s Top Employment Lawyers” by Carswell in every year from 2007 to 2014.
  • The Globe & Mail’s workplace law columnist both in print and online, since 2012.
  • Awarded the 2011 “Precedent Setter Award” recognizing him as one of the best of the new generation of lawyers in Ontario.
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  • Frequent appearances on national television and radio, as a commentator for workplace legal issues.
  • Published over 700 national newspaper articles since 2005.
  • National Columnist for Metro newspapers from 2006 to 2013.
  • Author of Canada’s first legal text on Independent Contractors, published by Carswell in 2013.
  • Named the “Lawyer of the Week” by The Lawyers Weekly in December, 2008.
  • Past Chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Employment law program for paralegals.

News and Other Media:

Daniel regularly appears on media and television as an expert for employment law matters and he has published over 700 national newspaper columns since 2005, including:

  • Is your employment lawyer the real deal? Things to look out for when finding and hiring the right employment lawyer for yourself.
  • The ins and outs of job severance Some common misconceptions about severance packages and the dismissal by your employer.
  • What to do when your position is eliminated You may have a claim for constructive dismissal if your employer changes your job in any significant way, including changed hours of work, reduction in compensation, changed responsibilities, and changed work location.
  • Employment Contracts The biggest mistake you can make when changing jobs is to agree to an unfavorable employment contract. Be on the lookout for probation, termination, contractual changes, non-solicitation, and non-compete clauses.
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Personal Interests:

Daniel is a proud father of 2 amazing children.  He is a remote-control airplane enthusiast, a sports addict (with a decent jump shot) and never-ending fitness fanatic. 

 

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