Waheeda Ekhlas Smith
Many workplace lawyers claim they go to court. However, most of them are primarily negotiators first, and litigators only when necessary. This is where Waheeda Ekhlas Smith is different from her peers.
If you need a workplace lawyer with real advocacy experience, Waheeda offers that skill. Previously, Waheeda was a civil litigator for several years at a premiere civil defence firm in Toronto, where she developed an acute skill for understanding how the courts can be used as a vehicle for advancing or defending her client’s interests. During this period, Waheeda focussed on personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle accident, occupiers’ liability, commercial liability, construction, and product liability, as well as first-party accident benefits matters.
Several years ago, Waheeda decided that her interests laid in employment and workplace disputes and she has deployed her skills in this area since then. Waheeda has extensive advocacy experience with various employment and workplace-related disputes, including all types of dismissal and human rights matters and labour relations disputes.
Waheeda’s peers and past clients have described her as exercising extreme diligence, outstanding organizational skills and an exceptional passion to succeed. Indeed, Waheeda first worked as a legal assistant for many years, beginning at just 18 years of age, in order to put herself through law school, a feat that few other lawyers can stake claim to and a clear indication that Waheeda will do whatever is necessary to achieve her goals. If you want to hire a lawyer that is not afraid of hard work, then call Waheeda!
Waheeda earned her law degree at The University of Windsor, where she received academic awards in Civil Procedure and Constitutional Litigation. Waheeda earned a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario, where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List, a distinction reserved for the top 10% of students within the entire program.
When not working, Waheeda spends time with her husband and pets and enjoys visiting new places, having lived in and traveled to four continents. Also, in her travels, she hopes to visit all 30 MLB ballparks in North America, and only has 8 more to go!
Waheeda speaks both English and French, and is fluent in Dari. She is pleased to assist with your workplace legal disputes. She can be reached at Waheeda@whittenlublin.com.