University of Ottawa, JD
Carleton University, M.A.
University of Western Ontario, B.A.
Jon is an Associate with Samfiru Tumarkin’s Labour and Employment practice group in Toronto. He has a broad employment law practice, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, severance negotiations, human rights, employment standards, and contract negotiations.
Jon's trial wins include Papp v. Stokes, a landmark ruling that reassures employers that they can and should give honest job references without fear of liability for a defamation lawsuit. He was also lead counsel on behalf of a former employee in Nemirovski v. SoCast Inc., which explored the dramatic impact of a non-competition agreement on the amount of damages an individual can receive in a wrongful dismissal.
Prior to joining Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, Jon worked as a lawyer for a boutique employment law firm in Toronto, where he represented both employees and employers, and conducted independent workplace investigations. Before that, Jon summered and articled with two international law firms with significant employment and labour practices. Clients appreciate Jon’s resoluteness in developing efficient, personalized, and practical solutions to their workplace issues.
During law school at the University of Ottawa, Jon co-authored the winning factum for the Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot Competition, and was ranked among the top ten oralists for the national bilingual Laskin Moot. He was also a Senior Editor at the Ottawa Law Review and taught Legal Research Methodology to undergraduate students at Carleton University.
Before he became a lawyer, Jon studied music and business at the University of Western Ontario and worked for a national entertainment talent agency. He is a former ski instructor, a guitarist, a classically trained pianist, and is fluent in French. Outside of practicing law, Jon enjoys skiing and going to Jays games.
Watch Jon Pinkus weigh in on employee rights after Sears Canada filed for creditor protection