When you fall, don’t get up empty-handed.
Wrongfully-dismissed at age-18 from one of Canada's largest clothing chains, Toronto lawyer Howard Markowitz vividly recalls his anger fuelled by employer's unlawful attempt to withhold fair severance compensation.
Winners develop a habit of doing the things that losers don’t like to do.
And while time heals most wounds, Markowitz re-directs his outrage for employment injustice into one of Toronto’s most aggressive wrongful dismissal litigation practices - Du Markowitz LLP - with lawyers teaching the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admissions course in negotiation strategy, retained by agents of Human Resources Development Canada, attorneys logging more than 400+ career appearances on Canadian radio, and - since 1998 - prosecutors of over 1,000+ wrongful dismissal lawsuits for maximum severance package compensation across Ontario.
Recognized as one of "Toronto's leading employment law firms" by Lexpert/Thomson/Reuters news - partners Stephen Du (C.A., LL.B.) and Howard Markowitz (B.Com., Juris Doctor) restrict their employment law practice specifically to maximum fair termination pay recovery for the wrongfully dismissed.
Management lawyers know that if we've got your file, you have (1) a legitimate case, (2) heading to trial if necessary, (3) regardless of client's financial resources. There's no greater compliment we've received than being asked by judges to represent their family members, and retained by lawyers to represent them against their former law firms.
Winner of McGill's 1995 Scarlet Key, Howard studied advanced negotiations at Harvard Law School, ranked top-10% speaker at Harvard's 1997 North American Debate Championships, 1998 first-place American Bar Association client counselling finalist at Osgoode Hall Law School, by age-26 retained by the Law Society of Upper Canada to teach Ontario's Bar Admissions Course in negotiation skills, and recently profiled by Canadian Lawyer magazine for his 8+ years hosting talk-radio debate of cutting-edge legal issues against leading advocates of our time.
Former Governor of the University of Waterloo, Stephen's dual LL.B./Chartered Accountant designation stands for optimal tax planning of client settlements to come, and partners additionally serve as counsel to other lawyers on specific areas of wrongful dismissal litigation.
Those who say something can’t be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it.
Unlike most lawyers - this firm restricts its employment practice to fair termination pay recovery in Ontario. In our second decade of specialization, (1) we don't need to conflict ourselves by soliciting company files at the same time, and therefore not practising to impress your former employer as our next client. (2) We're not a downtown firm for the geographic convenience of corporations over that of the exclusively 100% employee-side clients we serve. (3) We're not a pyramid practice delegating your business down to junior counsel and non-lawyer paralegals. (4) We don't bill hourly rates. (5) We're selective about files taken on, and so don't waste client time/monies on claims without reasonable prospect for success. Finally, (6) we won't spread ourselves thin by accepting union grievances, out-of-province assignments, workers compensation, nor any other employment law retainers beyond our 17+ years Ontario wrongful dismissal litigation expertise.
As a result, we can guarantee higher-value/fixed-fee caps on all files accepted, no surprise billings on resolution of your file, our professionalism most recently cited by Toronto Superior Court file number CV-09-372651, page 6, May 25, 2010 Reasons for Judgment below:
"The client was kept apprised of the status of the proceedings throughout, and was provided with explanations and information on the legal process... Mr. Markowitz first contacted the former employer with a detailed demand letter, in which rather than merely making a demand for compensation for wrongful dismissal, he cited a number of legal precedents in support of the client's position. He followed up with a detailed Statement of Claim, and a comprehensive Affidavit of Documents; he prepared written interrogatories of the defendant corporation; he attended Examinations for Discovery; he addressed undertakings and refusals; he participated in mediation; and he negotiated a settlement which, on the evidence, appears to have been very attractive for the client. The exchange of correspondence and e-mails demonstrate that the solicitor put considerable thought into this matter... This was, on the evidence, an excellent result for the client."
-- Richard Ittleman, Registrar of the Toronto Superior Court