Boris Alexander

Senior Lawyer / Disability / Employment

Boris is a Senior Lawyer at Unified LLP and specializes in Employment Law.

Boris has represented both employees and employers in all areas of Employment Law. This experience includes, but is not limited to, wrongful dismissals, human rights complaints, misclassification issues, workplace harassment, workplace investigations, unpaid wages, contract drafting, and general employee and employer consulting services.

Amongst his clients, Boris is known for being empathetic, transparent, hard-working, and ensures his clients feel heard. As a result, Boris is proud to have received over 100 five-star Google Reviews.

Before joining Unified LLP, Boris worked as a lawyer at well-known national labour and employment firms and articled at a top tax litigation firm. Boris has experience in small, mid-size, large firm, and in-house environments. As well, Boris served as the lead author for the LexisNexis publication Canadian Forms & Precedents – Commercial Transactions – Employment, between 2022-2024. Boris has also served as a Guest Lecturer at various universities, colleges, and conferences.

Boris has represented clients before various courts and tribunals, including the Small Claims Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

Education:

  • York University, B.A. (Criminology)
  • Bader International Study Centre, J.D. (International Business Law)
  • Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, J.D.

Languages:

  • English
  • Russian

Interests:

In his spare time, Boris enjoys traveling the world (30 countries visited thus far) and learning languages (currently Korean).

Matthew Schleifer

Lawyer / Family

Matthew Schleifer is a family lawyer with Unified LLP. He services clients from the firm’s Toronto office.

Matthew assists clients with divorce and separation and has experience assisting clients with complex family matters involving parenting, child support, and spousal support.

Matthew delivers decisive and thorough service for clients. He strives for collaboration to reach sustainable and cost-effective resolutions by employing a pragmatic and results oriented approach to every file. Matthew makes it his priority to help his clients navigate the difficulty of relationship breakdowns by developing a strategy for success. He has developed his skills arguing motions and advocating for clients in conferences and trials. As an advocate, he has successfully appeared before the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked as Duty Counsel in Simcoe County specializing in Family and Criminal Law, providing advice to clients bringing motions in Superior Court, conducting case conferences, and contested bail hearings. Prior to law school, Matthew completed a B.Comm. in Accountancy at Concordia University in Montreal. He is bilingual and provides legal services in French.

Education

  • J.D., University of Manitoba
  • B.Comm., Concordia University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario

Mariette Niranjanan

Lawyer / Family

Mariette is an Associate Lawyer at Unified LLP, working within the firm’s Family Law group.

Prior to joining Unified LLP Mariette obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, where she worked within the University’s Family Law Legal Aid Clinic. She has also practiced law in boutique law firms and specialized in the areas of family law, criminal defence, commercial law, and civil litigation. Mariette has always had a passion for family law and she now applies her extensive and varied legal background to family law. Mariette has dealt with numerous unique family law issues, including parenting, support, property, and even child protection matters that allowed her to build a rapport with local Children’s Aid Societies.

Mariette believes in a client-centered approach to practicing law, with dedication and compassion for her clients. Advocating for clients on a wide variety of issues, including high-conflict and high-value cases, Mariette is driven by achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Education

  • J.D., University of Ottawa
  • M.P.A., Queens University
  • B.A. (Hons.), York University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Austen Metcalfe

Lawyer / Labour / Professional Discipline / Landlord and Tenant

Austen Metcalfe is an Associate with Unified LLP’s Labour group. Austen practices in the areas of labour law, human rights law, and professional regulation.

Austen obtained his Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2018. Prior to studying law, Austen earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Classical Studies from Bishop’s University, and a Master of Arts in Religion from Queen’s University. Austen spent his first years of practice providing access to justice to vulnerable populations at community legal clinics in Brantford and the Halton Region. He then moved to a progressive union side labour boutique in Hamilton where he continued to champion human rights and fight for the rights of workers.

Austen has represented clients at a variety of administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Social Benefits Tribunal, and the Landlord and Tenant Board. Austen has worked on grievance and interest arbitrations and has appeared at Divisional Court.

Outside of work, Austen volunteers with the 519 Legal Clinic and acts as a mentor with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Education

  • J.D., Dalhousie University
  • M.A., Queen’s University
  • B.A., Bishop’s University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Joel Allen

Lawyer / Labour

Joel Allen is an Associate with Unified LLP’s Labour group. Joel practices in the areas of labour law, human rights law, and professional regulation.

Joel obtained his Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2021. While in law school, Joel advised and represented clients with respect to residential tenancy, poverty law, academic misconduct and academic appeals. He tutored students through the Indigenous, Black & Mi’kmaq Initiative and mentored law students with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service.

Joel articled and worked at a large-sized Bay Street firm representing clients on loan and transaction deals. He has since represented clients in labour arbitration and at the Grievance Settlement Board.

Education

  •  J.D., Dalhousie University
  • B.A., University of Calgary

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Jeremy Lee

Lawyer / Employment / Labour / Professional Discipline

Jeremy is an associate lawyer with Unified LLP’s Employment Law and Disability Group.

Jeremy has appeared for clients at Small Claims Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Ministry of Labour.

Whether it’s a human rights accommodation or a wrongful/unjust dismissal issue, Jeremy is proud to continue defending the rights of workers and endeavours to reach the best possible outcome for his clients. He is easy to talk to with ears wide open.

Before joining the team at Unified LLP, Jeremy attended law school to learn how to help workers navigate our complicated legal systems. He co-founded the Queen’s chapter of the Law Union of Ontario, collaborating with other law school chapters to hold social justice-orientated workshops. As well, Jeremy summered at the Injured Worker’s Community Legal Clinic (‘IWC’) where he learned about the litigious aspects of WSIB matters. While at IWC, Jeremy contributed extensive legal research for Charter challenges that the clinic was working on.

Prior to becoming an associate, Jeremy articled under Unified LLP’s Employment Law and Disability Group as well as under Unified LLP’s Labour Law division where he assisted teachers and early childhood educators with professional regulation matters at various tribunals and at the Divisional Court.

Education

  • J.D. – Queen’s Law
  • Hons. Ba of Arts (High Distinction) – University of Toronto

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin (conversational)

Andy Zhou

Lawyer / Disability / Employment

Andy Zhou is an associate lawyer with the Employment and Disability Law Group at Unified LLP. He serves clients throughout Ontario.

Andy’s practice focuses on employee-side employment law and disability issues, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, employment standards, workplace accommodation and harassment and human rights violations.

Before joining Unified LLP, Andy articled at a downtown employment boutique and gained valuable experience of the employee-side litigation work. Andy received his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at law school, Andy was an active member of Osgoode Mediation Clinic, where he assisted Crown counsel at the Private Information Court with client intakes and facilitated Small Claims court and community mediations. At Osgoode, Andy volunteered as an upper-year mentor and a student ambassador. He also served as the Co-President for Asian Law Students Association.

Prior to studying law, Andy had worked at regional offices for a number of international organizations such as the British Council and the Consulate General of Canada, where he provided administrative support to the education marketing and trade promotion teams and arranged daily agendas for visiting high profile officials.

Education

  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
  • M.Ed., University of Calgary
  • M.A. Sichuan International Studies University
  • B.A. Sichuan International Studies University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Languages

  • English and Chinese

Personal

In his spare time, Andy enjoys reading, swimming, spinning and weight training. Andy is an avid traveller and has been to over 40 countries and territories in 5 continents.

Spencer Roberts

Lawyer / Property and Commerce

Spencer Roberts is a lawyer in Unified LLP’s Property and Commerce department and she services clients from the firm’s Toronto and Waterloo Region offices. Spencer assists clients in both litigation and transactions in real property matters (including municipal law, land use planning, expropriation, real estate, construction law, tieback and crane swing agreements, commercial leases) and corporate/commercial matters, including corporate and business litigation and transactions of various kinds. Spencer is enthusiastic about property and commercial law and is prepared to assist clients by deploying a pragmatic and thorough approach to problem-solving, due diligence and conflict management.

Ms. Roberts has successfully appeared at the Ontario Land Tribunal, Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice in relation to municipal and commercial matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Spencer completed her articles at a real estate, business, and wills and estates firm in Markham. She received her undergraduate degree and master’s degree from the University of Windsor. Prior to law school, Spencer co-authored a peer reviewed article published in the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Journal entitled “Retirement Inequalities: The Importance of Ethnic Origins.”

Representative Work:

  • 1000142489 Ontario Inc. v. Brampton (City), 2024 CanLII 51685 (ON LT) (Decision Here). Counsel in successful appeal allowing a severance and minor variances in relation to a development in Brampton.

Education:

  • J.D., University of Ottawa (Cum Laude)
  • M.A., University of Windsor
  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Windsor

Professional Associations:

  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association

Ali Saghari

Lawyer / Employment

Ali is an associate lawyer at Unified LLP, focusing his expertise on employment law. He is dedicated to championing the rights of workers by guiding them through the complexities of employment disputes with a blend of empathy and pragmatism. Understanding the personal challenges faced by those entangled in employment issues, Ali places the utmost importance on addressing client concerns. His approach is characterized by patience and a steadfast commitment to service. Whether it involves negotiating a fair termination package or advocating for justice through litigation, Ali’s dedication to achieving the best outcome for his clients never falters.

Prior to his tenure at Unified LLP, Ali honed his legal acumen by articling at a leading boutique litigation firm in Toronto, providing him with invaluable insight into the litigation process from a defence perspective. This unique vantage point now serves as a strategic advantage in pursuing his clients’ interests effectively.

While studying at Queen’s law, Ali was an executive of the Employment Law Club, a volunteer editor for the Employment Law Journal, a member of the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic and the graduate student trustee for the Queen’s University Board of Trustees. At the Legal Aid Clinic Ali was able to support clients going through some of the most challenging circumstances a person can go through. Ali’s knack for litigation was also demonstrated when he was selected to partake in the Queen’s Law Grand Moot – an exhibition of Queen’s top debating talent for which only four students were chosen to participate. Through these experiences Ali gained a deep passion for supporting wronged individuals, identifying institutional faults, and arguing nuanced points of law.

In his free time Ali enjoys cooking for friends and family, a passion he picked up while working in kitchens since high school and throughout his undergraduate degree. He also enjoys spending time with friends playing sports and whittling as a creative outlet.

Education

  • J.D. – Queen’s Law
  • Hons. Ba of Arts in Political Science with specialization in Legal Studies – Wilfrid Laurier University

Languages

  • English
  • Persian

Evan Wang

Lawyer / Employment

Evan Wang is a Toronto employment lawyer and associate with Unified LLP’s Employment Law and Disability Group, serving clients across Ontario. Evan has attended mediations and hearings before the Small Claims Court, Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Superior Court of Justice. He navigates his clients through the intricacies of workplace issues to bring the best resolution tailored to each client.

Evan was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2022, and is a member of Law Society of Ontario. Prior to joining Unified LLP, Evan articled at an employment law firms where he advised and represented both employers and employees on a broad range of workplace issues including wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, breach of employment contracts, violation of employment standards legislation, discrimination and human rights, and drafting and reviewing employment contracts. During his time at law school, he was active in various volunteer projects including the Community & Legal Aid Services Program and Pro Bono Students Canada.

Evan brings a compassionate, pragmatic, and client-centred approach to his work. He discerns clients’ personal circumstances and strives to help them progress smoothly in their lives by providing the most suitable legal solutions.  He is also outspoken about promoting transparency, equality, and inclusion in various Ontario workplaces.

Evan has a particular interest in reading, languages, and philosophy.

Nicholas Vaduva

Lawyer / Family

Nicholas attended law school in Thunder Bay at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree. Lakehead’s unique IPC (Integrated Practice Curriculum) Law program gave Nicholas more of a hands-on approach while studying law.

Nicholas completed his practice placement (articling equivalent) under the IPC program at a small family law firm in Thunder Bay which sparked his interest in family law. Nicholas also has experience working at a refugee law firm in North York during his time studying for the BAR exam. After getting licensed, Nicholas worked his first associate job at a firm in Markham, focusing primarily on Family law and Civil litigation. Nicholas had an interest in law from an early age, as he worked as a law clerk at a personal injury firm in downtown Toronto for many summers prior to law school. Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ontario, where he majored in criminology and justice studies.

Nicholas’s unique and diversified legal experiences has provided him with strong problem solving and advocacy skills. Nicholas is a compassionate lawyer that always keeps his client’s goals in mind when advocating for them.

Nicholas was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. He engaged in the community in a variety of ways with his work, volunteer time and extracurricular activities. Nicholas had volunteered for a variety of community activities and at a few animal hospitals. Nicholas has always had a love for animals and an interest in animal rights. Nicholas loves engaging in sports. In his younger years, he would spend a lot of his time skateboarding with friends at the local skatepark during the summer and snowboarding during the winter. He also spent a lot of time playing tennis and ping-pong, as part of his past volunteer work included teaching tennis to newer players at his local tennis club. During his time at law school, Nicholas had joined the intramural basketball team and dodgeball team, and even won the intramural championship for dodgeball during his final year.

Nicholas was called to the bar in early 2023 and is always looking for opportunities to sharpen his legal skills and expand his knowledge on the law.

Kimberley Wilton

Lawyer / Family

Kimberley Wilton is family lawyer with Unified LLP. She practices throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
 

Since being called to the bar, Kimberley has developed a reputation for being a results-oriented and compassionate advocate for her clients, who often face complex and high-conflict family law issues.
 

Kimberley’s practice encompasses a range of dispute resolution methods, including co-operative negotiation, litigation, mediation, and arbitration, depending on the best interests and needs of her clients. Kimberley has experience with a wide range of family law matters, including parenting disputes, child and spousal support claims, complex property division, family adoptions, and mobility issues.
 

Kimberley is also a certified collaborative family law lawyer and trained family law mediator, which enables her to help clients resolve their matters in a respectful and constructive way, without going to court. Kimberley’s mission is to provide her clients with effective, efficient, and personalized legal services that protect their rights and interests and help them achieve their goals. Prior to starting her legal career, Kimberley was an award-winning poet and creative non-fiction writer.
 

Representative Work

J.O. v D.O., 2021 ONSC 8061

Education

Family Mediation Certificate, Riverdale Mediation
J.D., Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
B.A., Memorial University
B.Sc. (Honours), the University of Toronto
 

Member
Collaborative Divorce Toronto
Toronto Lawyer’s Association
Ontario Bar Association
The Advocates Society

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Adam Veenendaal

Lawyer / Labour / Professional Discipline

A passionate advocate for social justice and fairness, Adam incorporates interest-based negotiation strategies in his work as a labour and employment lawyer.

Prior to joining Unified LLP, Adam articled and worked as an associate at a boutique union-side firm. He holds a diploma in Recording Arts: Music from the Art Institute of Vancouver (2004), a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Concordia University (2014), and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (2019).

Adam has represented clients at grievance arbitrations and proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Ontario Small Claims Court.

When not practicing law or producing music, Adam is probably out hunting for rare vinyl records, on the drums with his band, or playing with his adrenaline-loving cat.

Representative Work

  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada, Local 175 v Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, 2022 CanLII 49709 (ON LRB)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 175 v Canada Royal Milk ULC, 2022 CanLII 122529 (ON LRB)
  • Gate Gourmet Canada Inc. v. Milk and Bread Drivers, 2021 ONSC 4202 (CanLII)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 175 v. Copper River Inn and Conference Centre, 2021 ONSC 5058 (CanLII)
  • Cargill Limited v United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Local 175 and 633, 2023 CanLII 29278 (ON LA)

Education

  • B.A, Concordia University
  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Law Society of Ontario