John Paul Zubec

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Firm: Kelly Santini LLP
160 Elgin Street
Suite 2401
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2P7

An experienced litigator and labour and employment law advisor, JP helps clients avoid, resolve and successfully litigate disputes that combine complex conflict with high financial stakes. His clients include employers and business owners, as well as sports associations and individuals involved in conflict over estates. JP works closely with his clients to identify and understand the motivations and sensitivities of the parties involved and strives to find innovative and timely solutions that allow his clients to resolve or litigate their dispute quickly and effectively. J.P. Zubec has a diverse practice. He advises and represents businesses in employment and labour law issues that occur at all stages of an employment or labour life-cycle, including issues that arise out of a purchase and sale of a business. As an advisor, J.P. regularly reviews and drafts employment agreements, contractor agreements, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements and workplace policies for businesses and senior executives, including public servants. He also provides risk management advice with respect to terminations, human rights issues and collective bargaining. An experienced litigator, J.P. has a successful track record, appearing before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ministry of Labour, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario as well as grievance and private arbitrators. His clients value his common sense approach to resolving disputes and his ability to anticipate, plan for and explain each stage of the litigation process. J.P's years of experience in complex and often highly emotive disputes allows to him effectively represent clients in a wide variety of conflicts, including estate litigation matters, shareholder disputes, judicial review applications, privacy matters, defamation claims, as well as the complete spectrum of labour and employment matters. Originally, from Winnipeg, J.P. was a professional hockey referee before becoming a lawyer. While studying law, he served as a Program Manager for Sport Solution, a clinic that assists Olympic and National Team athletes with legal issues related to selection, discipline and carding. J.P. relies on this experience when representing and advising a number of national and regional sports organizations with respect to a wide variety of issues such as litigation matters, human rights complaints, collective bargaining and general counsel and risk management advice.

USLAW Practice Group Affiliations

  • Labor and Employment: Primary

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