Matthew A. Fisher
Matthew A. Fisher is a partner at Lecker & Associates and a leading employment lawyer in Toronto. He joined Lecker & Associates in 2008 where he continues to provide employment law services exclusively for employees. In 2016, he became a partner in the firm, joining Bram Lecker in leading the firm’s renowned team of Toronto employment lawyers and support staff.
Representing clients in a wide variety of employment law matters, Matthew has considerable expertise in areas including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, job layoffs, negotiating severance packages for employees, and resolving toxic workplace conflicts that often arise between employees and their employers.
Matthew Fisher: Prominent Cases
Matthew has successfully argued a number of leading and precedent-setting employment law cases. In 2016, Matthew was Plaintiff’s counsel in the highly publicized Court of Appeal case of Keenan v. Canac Kitchens. The decision upheld the award of 26 months of notice that was secured by Lecker & Associates at trial. The Plaintiffs were two workers who had been treated as “independent contractors” and terminated without notice or severance. The decision represented the highest award ever upheld for a “dependant contractor” in Ontario and was profiled in a front-page article in the Toronto Star. The decision was hailed by Law Times as one of the Top Cases of 2016, and was the only case to make the list that was not heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2017, reacting to the changing legal landscape, the Government of Ontario introduced the first major revision to the Employment Standards Act since 2002, including penalties for the misclassification of employees as contractors.
In 2014, Matthew successfully argued for the Plaintiff in Felice v. Cardinal Health Canada where a new benchmark was set for the notice periods for short-service executives and senior managers. After being employed for only 19 months, the Plaintiff was awarded 12 months of notice by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The decision is frequently cited by employment lawyer representing short-service senior executives.
Matthew Fisher: Experience
Matthew Fisher’s practice includes numerous matters before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Ontario Labour Relations Board, and Canada Labour Code Adjudication Board.
Many of Matthew’s cases have been referred to in noted employment law textbooks and have been profiled by the Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Sun, Metro News, CBC News, Global News, Lawyers Weekly, Canadian Employment Law Today, Law Times, and Canadian HR Reporter. He is regularly contacted by the media for commentary related to employment law in Ontario.
With many years of employment law experience, Matthew has had the opportunity to participate in legal education for lawyers and law students. He has guest lectured on employment litigation at Western Law, and was invited to present a paper at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s annual Six Minute Employment Lawyer seminar series.
Matthew earned his B.A. in Political Science and LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Western Ontario.