“What you see in your first meeting… is what you get. I retained Dan but have witnessed both David Whitten and Daniel Lublin in action on separate matters. Both are best described as “legal land sharks” and are more than capable of holding their own against their opponents regardless of their status or however many they bring to the table. They come prepared and don’t waste time getting to the nuts and bolts of where they need to be. They’re both equipped with rapier whits, a sense of humour and easy to work with. Having witnessed my fair share of Counsellors in the past, these guys are right up there with the best of them.”
– Guy Parent
As a former competitive baseball player, Employment Lawyer and litigator Ryan Watkins likes to swing for the fences – whether in life or in law. This is the approach that Ryan brings to the table when it comes to handling workplace disputes: No matter whether your case is big, small, complex or straightforward, rest assured that Ryan is trying to hit a home run for his clients.
Ryan’s employment and workplace law experiences are as varied as his background. Ryan attended law school in California and was later admitted to the state Bar of Hawaii. However, since 2012, he has honed his litigation skills back in Toronto, where he was raised.
Unlike many other so called “employment law litigators”, who claim they will go to court, Ryan Watkins walks the walk. Some of Ryan’s diverse case experiences include:
- Chapman v. GPM Investment Management, 2017 ONCA 227, successfully represented an investment management firm at the Court of Appeal against a former employee who sued for over $3 million dollars.
- Terradyne Construction Management Ltd. v. 6832458 Canada Inc., 2015 ONCA 1495 –successfully represented the defendant in a complex breach of trust claim, at the Ontario Divisional Court.
- Hall v. Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc., 2015 ONSC 1438 –successfully represented an executive in a wrongful dismissal action.
- Naeem Alarakhia v. Ashley Park Operations Corporation – successfully defended an employer in a wrongful dismissal action.
- Argen Canada LLC v. Nigel Roberts – successfully recovered damages for a company that mistakenly overpaid a former employee.
Although Ryan has experience handling very complex workplace cases, he also holds a special interest in representing the little guy or girl, especially in ‘David versus Goliath’ type matters, where Ryan can really make a difference for his clients.
Through his litigation practice, Ryan has also gained extensive experience in employment standards matters, employment contracts, human rights and discrimination, privacy matters, workplace safety and insurance, wrongful/constructive dismissals, union disputes and occupational health and safety.
During law school, Ryan was a member of the prestigious Law Review and his article was published in the Santa Clara Law Review Journal.
On a personal note, Ryan is an avid supporter of the Toronto Raptors and he is a proud season ticket holder.
Ryan can be reached at email@example.com or 416-640-2667.