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Connie Reeve

Reeve Resolutions
109 Chester Ave.
Toronto, Ontario   M4K 2Z8

Degrees/Designations - B.A.,LL.B.,LL.M (ADR)
Practice Areas - Business/Commercial, Employment, Human Rights and Pensions and Benefits
Practice Description - Connie brings over 30 years of experience as an advocate, including 17 years as a specialist in employment law to her mediation practice, which she established in 2016 following her retirement from private practice at a leading national law firm. In the course of her career as a lawyer Connie studied and taught mediation and other forms of dispute resolution and participated as counsel in hundreds of mediations of civil and employment cases. In a mediation Connie will work with the parties to identify their positions and interests, and the roadblocks to settlement. She will facilitate a rigorous examination of all of the possibilities for settlement and the range of alternatives to a negotiated resolution. The mediation process is a flexible one and she looks forward to working with parties and their legal counsel to design a process that is best suited to the particular dispute and the needs of the parties.
Background - Prior to starting her mediation practice, Connie practiced law for over 30 years at Blakes, a leading Canadian business law firm, first as a commercial litigator and later as a member and a leader of its employment law practice. In her litigation practice Connie represented clients in cases involving professional negligence, partnership law, the termination of long-term contractual relationships and insurance claims. As an employment lawyer she represented clients in dismissal litigation and in disputes concerning restrictive covenants, fiduciary obligations, sexual and workplace harassment, and discrimination. In 1997 she completed Osgoode Hall’s first part-time LL.M. program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2002 she was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. While in practice she taught trial advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Queens’ Faculty of Law. For many years Connie was also a guest instructor at Osgoode Hall’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop and at litigation skills training programs offered by the Advocates’ Society. Since becoming a mediator Connie has spoken at several Continuing Legal Education programs about best practices at mediation, and about ethical issues that can arise during the mediation process.
Connie is the recipient of the 2015 Randall Echlin Mentorship Award and the 2012 Catzman Memorial Award for Professionalism & Civility. During her career she spoke at numerous legal conferences on a wide range of topics, presenting papers or leading panels on, among other subjects, the conduct of workplace investigations, accommodation in the workplace and restrictive covenants. While practicing as an employment specialist she was recognized for her expertise in employment and labour law in several publications. Most recently she was listed in Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016; The Legal 500 Canada 2015; The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016; Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015; Legal Media Group's Guide to the Leading Women in Business Law 2015(Employment Law); and Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Labour and Employment Lawyers 2014.
Fees - Please go to my web-site for information about my fee schedule: