Employment Lawyer | Executive Advisor | Strategic Counsel | Partner in the Colson Group at Teplitsky Colson LLP.
Jennifer Mathers McHenry is a partner at Teplitsky, Colson LLP and a member of the Colson Group, working closely with her partner, Robert Colson.
Jennifer's litigation practice encompasses a wide range of complex employment, commercial and appellate litigation including actions involving wrongful and constructive dismissal, breaches of human rights legislation, breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of confidence, unfair competition, negligent misrepresentation, securities, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, administrative law, and public law. She has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court, the Divisional Court and at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has participated in matters before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Jennifer regularly advises both employees and employers about employment law and with respect to all aspects of the employee/employer relationship including: offers of employment, human rights obligations, changes of control, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, resignations, termination of employment, constructive dismissals, and post-employment fiduciary and contractual obligations.
In the context of mergers, acquisitions, re-orgs, bankruptcy and restructurings, Jennifer is skilled at providing strategic advice to companies, individuals, or groups of employees (whether as representative counsel or otherwise) which takes into account the business environment and context as well as the interests of her clients.
In addition to her "hard law" expertise, Jennifer frequently helps senior executives navigate the interpersonal and other complexities which regularly present themselves in the context of the employment relationship, all with an eye on their legal rights and options.
Jennifer is a skilled negotiator and trained mediator. She regularly plays the role of sounding board, strategist, and PR/communications consultant for her clients and is able to assist them with achieving their unique goals with a view to creating, protecting and preserving their legal rights.
Jennifer obtained her LL.B. from the University of Windsor where she was the recipient of the John W. Whiteside award for her outstanding contribution to the law school community. She thereafter obtained her LL.M. from the University of Toronto where she focused on Constitutional Law.
Jennifer was a founding member of the Advocate's Society's Employment and Labour Law Practice Group, she co-chairs the firm's articling committee, is a regular speaker in law schools and for continuing education programs, and she has been actively involved in recent years in law reform initiatives at the provincial level.
With the looming "religious freedom" legislation which could enshrine and protect a "right" to discriminate if the desire to do so is religiously motivated, the U.S. is, in my view, increasingly becoming a jurisdiction to which Canadian employers have to be careful about sending their employees.
The failure to treat employment law and HR seriously is puzzling. Employees, after all, are many companies' biggest budget line item, their biggest potential liability and their biggest asset. So to entrust the proper and strategic legal management of them to the cheapest bidder -- to regard employment law as mere "commodity work" -- is foolhardy.