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 lawyers 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.
I’d like to thank Matthew Fisher and his team in handling my case so professionally and diligently in a very short time frame. My entire experience with them was exceptional.
I was referred to Matthew Fisher from a colleague of mine while I was searching for a lawyer to help me with my employment matter. I was able to meet with Matthew and his team within hours of my initial contact. During the first meeting, Matthew explained me clearly my options, provided clarity on the process, and made sure all my questions were answered. His considerable knowledge became evident as he quickly level set expectations and guided me through the processes. He is very professional, caring and always thinking of the best direction to follow given the situation. I was sure that I was on right hands from day one. Throughout the entire process, Matthew and his team provided excellent service, demonstrating professionalism and personal attention to all details. They were easy to speak with and were incredibly responsive to any question I had as we progressed forward. Their communication with me was always timely, thorough and consultative. I would highly recommend Lecker & Associates and Matthew Fisher to anyone in need of quality legal advice in employment law. Thank you again for doing great job !
A friend recommended me to Lecker and Associates. I was nervous going into the first meeting. Matthew Fisher was able to put me at ease right from the beginning. He came across very knowledgeable and confident, and helped set my expectations regarding timelines and procedures. The experience was fantastic. Matthew and Eslita (senior law clerk) worked together and interacted with me. I really appreciated that they kept me in the loop at all times and responded to my queries in a timely manner. I felt they were always looking out for my best interest. Overall, this was a super pleasant experience. Everyone else I interacted with were very friendly and courteous. Thank you Matthew/Eslita, plus everyone at Lecker and Associates! I would recommend anyone to this law firm!
5 Stars perfect rating!David Ong
What our clients say about Matthew Fisher
Matthew Fisher from Lecker, recommended by a trusted friend, was excellent. Everything from timing to settlement went extremely well. They answered all my questions along the way and provided valuable advice on the situations that arose. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone in a similar situation.Christopher Chambers
I recently used this law firm (more specifically lawyer Matthew Fisher and senior law clerk Eslita Ramkishun) to handle my severance case. This team was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating, the issue was handle expertly and efficiently, and I was very happy with the settlement. I would recommend this law firm and team to anyone in need of legal help settling a severance claim.Brent Murphy
I give the absolute highest marks on this law firm. Matthew Fisher is an expert and genius at labour law with a relentless passion to achieve the best outcome for his clients. Complemented by the sincere straightforwardness, integrity and professionalism of Mathew and the staff (Eslita & Dora), one cannot error with this firm!Tony Sodaro
Matthew Fisher has been demonstrated professionalism and care in working with me and my previous employer for my issue. Matthew is someone that can deliver great result and is very patient and care for his client. Also, his assistant, Eslita has done a great job in keeping me on all the communications.
Matthew Fisher of Lecker & Associates worked with me regarding an employment termination issue. Both Matthew and Eslita handled the interactions with my former employer and they were able to get to a settlement quickly. Very professional and actively communicated the steps in the process which made me feel more comfortable.Mike Chong
I met with Matthew for a detailed conversation and although we did not end up working together, Matthew left me with the best impression of all the atternies I’ve consulted with.Tom Petersil
A friend of mine recommended this firm to assist with my employment dismissal, I was very pleased with Matthew Fisher and his team support, advise and expertise. They took the time the keep me updated on the case progress, provided excellent advise and finally Matthew negotiated a better deal than the one I was originally offered. I would highly recommend Lecker & Associates.Rene Castillo