One of the things that I love about my practice is that every client has a story. It doesn’t matter whether it is an individual seeking advice about their employment, a family-run business, or a multinational corporation. Each one has goals and issues that they need to deal with. And there’s nothing I enjoy more than becoming their Trusted Advisor, educating them, guiding them, and working with them to develop a cost-effective strategy to pursue their goals. When disputes arise, I like to advocate on their behalf in order to protect their rights.
I am not one of those lawyers that is ideologically married to one side. While many individuals have their rights trampled on, I have also seen employees take advantage of those same rights to the detriment of their employer. I realize that there is good and bad in every group, and that is why my firm works with both employers and employees. We are able to see every situation from both sides.
Since I have also been trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and act as a Mediator in Employment matters, I am able to see things from a third side: that of a neutral third party, working with those involved to achieve a reasonable resolution to their issues.
Awards and recognitions
- 2016, 2017, 2018: Selected for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law
- Repeatedly named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (comprehensive directory of top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada)
- Named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers
- Rudner MacDonald LLP among Top Three Employment & Labour Boutiques in Canada in Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017 (the first two years these awards were given out)
- Author of You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada
- Author of Ultimate Software’s Canadian HR Law
- Contributing Author to Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents Of Pleadings
- Contributing Author to Canadian Employment Law Answers
- Author of Thomson Reuters’ Canadian HR Law Blog
- Editor of Rudner Law Blog
- Contributing author of First Reference Talks Blog
- Moderator of Canadian HR Law group on LinkedIn
- Contributing Author to Ask an Expert column in Canadian Employment Law Today
- Author of hundreds of articles in Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today, Globe & Mail, Huffington Post, and many other media
I chair and teach at conferences, and I am the founding Program Director of Osgoode Professional Development’s HR Law for HR Professionals course and the co-founding Program Director of their Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course. And I am flattered to be regularly contacted by the media for comment on matters relating to Employment Law.
As a firm and with my family, I support a number of worthwhile causes including 360Kids, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way, One Voice Network, Job Skills, Family Education Centre, Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), and Volunteer Lawyers Network.
I also believe in giving back to the professional communities that I am part of. Since the start of my career, I have been actively involved in the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations and have held several leadership positions. I have also volunteered countless hours leading sessions on HR Law topics and serving on committees for the HRPA, and am currently on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM). Since our firm is based in York Region, I take particular pride in sponsoring the York Region Chapter of the HRPA and presenting an annual Employment Law update for our membership.
And, with two active children, much of my time is spent in dance studios and hockey arenas (and, of course, in my car driving them to and from games, practices, tournaments and competitions).
I am a firm believer in using technology to make my life easier without sacrificing the needs of my clients. Rather than being chained to my desk, I can be out and about with my family. I may be at the rink, but you will find me if you need help.
Stuart Rudner is the founder of Rudner Law (RudnerLaw.ca), a firm specializing in Employment Law and Mediation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 864-8500 or (905) 209-6999, and you can follow on Twitter @CanadianHRLaw.