Stephen LeMesurier

B.A. (Hons.), M.A., J.D.


Practice Areas

Employment Law


Ottawa, Toronto


Stephen LeMesurier is an Ontario employment lawyer and Associate with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s Labour and Employment Law practice group, serving clients through the firm’s Toronto and Ottawa offices.

Stephen has a broad employment law practice with a focus on wrongful dismissal litigation in Ontario. He has also developed a strong practice assisting federally regulated employees with unjust dismissal complaints under the Canada Labour Code (CLC). His broad range of employment law matters also includes:

Outside of the office, Stephen loves all things outdoors. He remains involved with Camp Wenonah in Muskoka, Ontario — where he spent parts of nine years as a staff member and Assistant Director. Read reviews about Stephen.

Stephen also enjoys spending time up north in Algonquin Park and at his family cottage on Lake Temagami.

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Notable Cases

Nahum v. Honeycomb Hospitality

Ms. Nahum was a 28-year-old Director of People with 4.5 months of service and was 5 months pregnant at the time of termination. Ms. Nahum was awarded 5 months of pay in lieu of notice and $22,000 to compensate for legal costs incurred. The employer appealed to the Divisional Court, however, the appeal was dismissed with $9,000 in costs to Ms. Nahum. This case confirms that pregnancy is more often than not a factor that lengthens the notice period. Find the decision here.

Maticevic v. Bank of Montreal

In connection with an unjust dismissal complaint under the Canada Labour Code, Mr. Maticevic successfully resisted the Bank’s position that his position as a Financial Planner had been eliminated. As a result, Mr. Maticevic was reinstated to his position. Mr. Maticevic was awarded almost three years of backpay and was awarded $65,869.78 in costs. Find the decision here.

Menard v. The Center for International Governance Innovation

Mr. Menard was in his mid-fifties, held the title of Vice-President, Finance and had 6 years of service at the time of his termination. After the Court ruled that the employer did not have cause for termination and that the termination provisions in Mr. Menard’s contract were unenforceable, Mr. Menard was awarded 12 months’ pay in lieu of notice. Mr. Menard was also awarded $175,000 in costs. Find the decision here.

PD v. The Bank of Nova Scotia

PD, a part-time teller, was terminated after the Bank concluded she had stolen $1,000. After 9 days of hearings, Adjudicator Kaufman reinstated PD to her position with full back pay finding that she had not stolen funds as alleged. PD was also awarded $5,000 in moral damages to compensate for the mental distress she experienced. PD was also awarded $90,466.40 in costs.

RS v. The Bank of Nova Scotia

RS was alleged to have abandoned his job with the Bank. After 10 days of hearings, RS was reinstated to his position with the Bank with full backpay.


Stephen obtained his J.D. from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University after completing both his B.A. (Hons.) and M.A in Political Studies at Queen’s.

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Employment Law Show - TV October 8th, 2021

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Employment Law October 25th, 2021

Lior Samfiru on banning non-compete clauses and employee rights

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Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru joins Global News Radio 640 Toronto with Alan Carter to discuss banning non-compete clauses in Ontario and more.

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Employment Law September 1st, 2018

Right to Disconnect: Coming to Canada?

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The federal Liberal government is examining the possibility of updating federal labour standards to give federally-regulated workers the right to ignore work-related…

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