Ottawa (February 11, 2014) — Dan Palayew has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), a pre-eminent, 750-lawyer full-service firm, as a partner and regional leader of the Ottawa Labour and Employment Group.  Dan brings extensive experience in labour and employment law to complement BLG’s broad labour and employment practice. 

"We are delighted that Dan has chosen to continue his career with BLG," said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO of BLG. "His impressive background has distinguished his practice as one of the best in Canada and will be a strong addition to our group as they continue to build the practice on a local and national basis.”

Dan regularly advises employers with respect to union organizing and certification, collective bargaining, injunctions, wrongful dismissal actions, employee terminations, labour arbitrations, pay equity, human rights, occupational health and safety, workplace safety and insurance and workplace privacy. He has appeared before many courts and tribunals, including boards of arbitration, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Appeals Tribunal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Appeal.

"Dan’s extensive career and management expertise is a tremendous asset to our team and we are very pleased that he has joined BLG,” said Matthew Certosimo, national leader of BLG’s Labour and Employment Group.  "Dan’s background and experience are a perfect complement to our national practice and will be a  strength to our clients as they respond to the constant changes taking place in labour and employment law in Canada."

BLG’s Labour and Employment Group has deep experience providing clients with strategic counsel on human resources, including drafting and litigating employment contracts, pension and benefits, business immigration, labour relations advice and litigation services, litigating cases at all levels of Court in the areas of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, just cause dismissal and other civil litigation, and advising on and litigating cases resulting from mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing transactions, relocations and closures.  Members of the Labour and Employment Group work closely with lawyers in other specialized areas, including lawyers in the fraud group, the mergers and acquisitions group and the bankruptcy and insolvency group.

Since 2010, Dan has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Labour and Employment Law in the Best Lawyers in Canada.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and has published extensively on labour and employment law.  He is a graduate of McGill University where he obtained his LL.B.and B.C.L. in 1993.  Dan was called to the Ontario bar in 1995.   Prior to joining BLG, Dan was the co-managing partner with the Ottawa office of another major Canadian firm where he was also leader of the Ottawa Labour and Employment group. 

“I was drawn to this opportunity at BLG given the firm’s integrated and collaborative approach to addressing the legal issues of its clients,” said Dan.  ”I look forward to continuing my practice as part of BLG’s extensive, dedicated and impressive team and the excellent platform it provides to our clients.”

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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