Stephen Wolpert, Senior Partner
Stephen Wolpert, Partner
Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School
Admitted to Bar: 2009
Years of Experience: 13
Proficiency In: Wrongful and Constructive Dismissal, Executive Disputes over Equity/Stock/Bonus Compensation, Injunctions
A Commercially Astute Negotiator and Bold Litigator, Tackling Complex Workplace Challenges
As a partner at Whitten and Lublin, employment litigator Stephen Wolpert, has vast experience in all matters of workplace law, representing both employees and employers. What distinguishes Stephen is his unique background and experience in commerce and commercial litigation, which helps him to understand and break down the practical financial considerations that are often central to employment law disputes.
Stephen loves a challenge, whether it arises from unique workplace issues, stubborn parties, or time-sensitive matters. Hence, Stephen focuses his practice on complex employment law disputes, including sophisticated dismissal claims, issues over bonus and stock compensation, employee exit strategies, just cause cases, and human rights violations. His creative and strategic mind sees the solution, challenges what is possible and presses for the best outcome for his client.
Described by clients as calm, thoughtful, and knowledgeable, Stephen takes the time to listen before providing honest and detailed feedback with clear options to his clients, often avoiding the need for litigation altogether. Once aligned on the strategy, clients and opposing counsel alike can expect Stephen to relentlessly pursue the plan, aggressively pursuing litigation when required to ensure results for his clients.
Courtroom Success: – A Bold Litigator
Stephen knows his way around the courtroom and does not back down from his opponents, no matter how large the case or how many hurdles they create. He has represented both employees, employers and contractors in many settings, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and other tribunals.
- Labrador Recycling Inc v Folino, 2021– Successfully blocked an interim injunction motion that would have impacted client’s ability to work in his industry.
- Zarco v CanDeal.ca Inc.,2017 – Persuaded the Human Rights Tribunal to dismiss an unmeritorious Human Rights complaint.
- Insight Merchandising v CDA., 2017 – Succeeded in obtaining commission for client in a breach of contract dispute in the Superior Court of Justice.
- Aware Ads Inc. v Walker., 2021 – Successfully challenged an injunction that would have impacted the client’s ability to work in his industry
- Teixeira v Hamburg Olson LPC, 2017 – Succeeded in persuading the court to remove the opposing lawyer off of his own case
- Xynnis v Fran’s Restaurant., 2015 – Achieved the dismissal of a duplicative human rights complaint
News and Other Media
- CTV News, Can an employer reduce an employee’s pay if they’re permanently working remotely, Oct 7, 2021
- SHRM, Ontario court rules severance pay is based on global payroll, Sept 28, 2021
- HRD, Legal case impacts thousands of Canadian employers, Jan 28, 2021
- First Reference, Can employers mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace, Dec 15, 2020
- Toronto Sun, Labour law, teachers, and school reopenings, Sept 5, 2020
- HuffPost, 7 interview questions you don’t have to answer, June 12, 2017
- CBC News, NTCL offers workers severance deals. The catch? No badmouthing the company, Oct 20, 2016
Do you need workplace legal advice?
Whitten & Lublin Employment and Labour Lawyers is a nationally recognized team, assisting employees in all aspects of workplace legal disputes. Don’t take a chance with your case. Consult the law firm with a team of proficient employment and labour law lawyers.
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