Our Mission is to educate and advise employers and employees so they can understand their rights and obligations within their employment relationships, and to advocate on their behalf when they need to protect those rights.
We strive to be Trusted Advisors to our clients. We do not tell our clients what they want to hear, but what they need to hear. We pride ourselves on our responsive, honest and cost-effective service.
1. Give our client what they need
As one of my mentors used to say, don’t give the client a Cadillac when a Chevette will do. We will never skimp on service, or take shortcuts, but we will also ensure that the work (and the cost) aligns with your goals. There is no minimum fee, and we will not assign a “team” when one lawyer can do the work cost-effectively.
2. You are a client, not a file
We will treat you and your concerns with respect and provide the best and most cost-effective service we can. We love to visit our employer clients at their place of business, so we can understand their work atmosphere, their goals and their concerns. When email, a phone call or a virtual meeting won’t do, you can come to our office, or we can meet you at a convenient location.
3. Educate and Advise
We will explain the law as it applies to your situation, and then discuss the options available to you along with the pros and cons of each. We will also offer our opinion as to the best approach. The ball is then in your court to make a decision.
4. We will be your Trusted Advisor
We may have a long-term relationship, or it may be a one-off. Either way, we will provide you with the knowledge and advice that you need. We want you to turn to us when you have employment law concerns, knowing that we will take those concerns off of your plate.
5. Reasonably Aggressive or Aggressively Reasonable
When it comes to advocacy, we will zealously represent you, but we will never encourage you to pursue litigation where it is unwarranted or the costs (financial, time, and stress) will outweigh the benefits. We will be honest and realistic with you so that your expectations are reasonable and there are no surprises.
6. Using Technology to be more efficient
We will use technology to make it easier for you. We use G Suite and Clio so that we can securely share documents with you and collaborate virtually, and we also use online meeting solutions so that we can meet face to face without either of us getting stuck in traffic.
7. No Surprises
We are not cheerleaders, and we will give you our honest assessment of your situation. Our view is that it is far better to establish realistic expectations at the outset than to encourage you to have us embark on a major project and then, several months and tens of thousands of dollars in, tell you that our view has changed. Similarly, receiving a bill from Rudner Law should not be a stressful occasion; you should know what to expect, so there are no surprises. You do not want to get a bill for the Cadillac when what you needed was the Chevette.
8. Reasonable Billing
Traditionally, lawyers charged by the hour, either in six or fifteen minute increments. We can do that and, in many cases, it makes sense to do so. In that case, we will speak with you to ensure that we understand the scope of work and the importance of it to you, so that the bill is not a shock. We also like to bill for our services more creatively. Many projects, like contract and policy drafting, can be done for fixed fees. For organizations, we also offer monthly packages, where you pay a fixed amount each month and then you don’t have to worry about paying for every call or email.
9. Local, yet global
Our firm is based in Markham, Ontario, and we have extensive ties within the York Region community. That said, we also have access to meeting space in downtown Toronto, across the GTA and throughout North America, and we work with clients around the world.