Labour and Employment
McGill University, B.C.L/LL.B
Alex is an Ottawa lawyer with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP's Labour and Employment Law practice group, practicing in the areas of employment law, family law and long-term disability insurance. Alex leads the firm's Ottawa office as its Managing Associate.
In each of his areas of expertise, Alex provides strategic advice and representation to his clients. As a seasoned litigator and negotiator, Alex is able to maintain an unbiased and realistic assessment of each case with a view to negotiating the best resolution as efficiently as possible. Alex’s clients appreciate his practical and down-to-earth approach, as well as his tenacity when advocating on their behalf.
Alex’s employment law practice consists of advising and acting for clients with respect to wrongful dismissals, terminations, severance packages, constructive dismissals, reviewing and negotiating employment contracts and the enforcement of post-employment obligations, including non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants.
Alex’s family law practice is focused on all aspects of family law, including complex property disputes, custody and access of children, child support, spousal support, and equalization of property. Alex’s goal in family law matters is to take all reasonable steps to resolve matters in order to allow partners to move ahead with their independent lives. However, when necessary, Alex has significant court experience, including conducting lengthy and complex trials.
Alex also represents individuals who have had their long-term disability (LTD) benefits denied or cut off. He has successfully sued some of the largest insurance companies in Canada on behalf of his deserving clients. If your long term disability claim has been denied or your benefits terminated, Alex will work diligently on your behalf and make certain that you recover the compensation you deserve.
Alex is frequently sought out by local media outlets for his legal expertise. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and to professional associations and groups of management employees, where he speaks on key employment law issues of concern to Canadian employers and employees alike.
Alex on CTV Morning Live Ottawa discussing the 24 months' severance pay he obtained for his client, whose rights were ignored after 33 years of service.
Alex joined Bill Carroll on Newstalk 580 CFRA's The Morning Rush to discuss Guy Longtin's workplace rights, following his termination as fire chief in the Town of Renfrew after he turned 61.
Among Alex's numerous trial wins, the case of Marques v. Delmar International, 2016 ONSC 3448 is an important and often-cited case in which Alex obtained a noteworthy 4-month severance package for only a 7-month employee.
In Visaggio v. Joynt-Dent Inc., 2018 ONSC 1911, Alex secured 24 months' pay in lieu of notice for a dental hygienist who, after 33 years at a dental office, was offered a job with restrictive and unfavourable terms.
Alex is proud to serve as Director of HR for the Abbeyfield Houses Society of Ottawa, a non-profit organization that provides low cost housing for seniors. Abbeyfield is celebrating their 25th anniversary, and operate 1,100 houses around the world, with 25 in Canada.
Alex is a graduate of the B.C.L/LL.B. national law program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. During his studies, Alex held internships with the Court of Quebec, the McGill University Legal Information Clinic and at a prominent, international law firm in London, UK.
Alex on CTV Morning Live Ottawa explaining the changes to minimum wage in Ontario following adoption of Bill 148.
Alex on CTV Morning Live Ottawa discussing the increase in accusations of sexual misconduct in workplaces across Canada and the United States.