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Stephen Bernofsky

Fogler, Rubinoff LLP | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 1981


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Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
77 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 2M5
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Stephen is a dedicated advocate for companies navigating the complex landscape of labor relations and employment law. His expertise covers the entire spectrum, from collective bargaining to legal and business advisory, making him a pivotal asset for management teams. Stephen’s experience shines in high-stakes environments, where he represents clients in front of various judicial and quasi-judicial bodies such as the Ontario Labour Relations Board and even the Federal Court of Canada.

His work is particularly noted in handling wrongful dismissal claims and crafting comprehensive employment contracts. Stephen’s guidance extends to crucial aspects of employment law, including employment standards, human rights issues, and workplace safety, ensuring companies operate within legal frameworks. His role often expands to advising on labor and employment issues critical to major business deals, especially those straddling Ontario and international borders.

Stephen’s contributions to professional knowledge sharing are vast. He regularly leads seminars for clients and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, focusing on the nuances of labor relations and employment law. His insights are sought after when businesses face financial restructuring scenarios, such as proposals under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, affecting employees and leadership structures.

Educated at McGill University, where he obtained both B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees, Stephen’s foundation in law is complemented by a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree from Concordia University. His professional affiliations include memberships in the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association, reflecting his standing in the legal community.

Beyond his legal practice, Stephen has served in leadership and board roles for various organizations, indicating his commitment to community involvement. These include past presidencies and board memberships at the Thornhill Baseball Club, the Down Syndrome Association in York Region, Jewish Family and Child Services, and the Toronto Bail Program.

His thought leadership extends to authoring and speaking on topics like employer liability, labor law trends, and the benefits of union involvement in share ownership. These contributions, alongside his practice areas in employment and labor law, human rights law, and litigation, underscore Stephen’s comprehensive approach to legal service in this field.


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