Shaun Bernstein

Associate

Shaun Bernstein

Associate

Phone: 416.864.8500 or 905.209.6999
Direct: 416.864.8515
Email:
shaun@rudnerlaw.ca

I come from a family of employers. Both of my grandfathers started large businesses from the ground up, and taught me that the most important lesson in business is to treat people right. Decades after they each shut their doors, I still meet former employees who rave to me about their experiences as employees, and it means the world to me. When I later became a foreign recruiter, helping some of the most vulnerable populations experience new opportunities in Canada, I learned just how important it is to make sure those individuals rights were protected. Thankfully, I had the privilege of working alongside employers who were seeking to do just that.

However, my legal career has taught me that the workplace is not always sunshine and roses. As an articling student focusing in employment law, and while practising employment law at a small firm in Mississauga, I have had the privilege of helping both employers and employees out of some difficult situations. I have seen what happens when problems in the workplace escalate, whether it is job loss for an employee or a legal battle for an employer, and feel a sense of duty to make sure that these situations are dealt with as smoothly and effectively as possible before they spiral out of control.

My experience has taught me the beauty of being able to work fluidly on both sides of employment law. For example, it can be deeply rewarding helping a recently terminated employee achieve a fair settlement that recognizes their contributions to the company, and the situation they have found themselves in. But it is equally as rewarding to be able to help that employer straighten out issues as or even before they arise, and hopefully preventing the need for that employee to have called us in the first place.

Prior to my adventures in law I was an aspiring journalist, who loved nothing more than asking tough questions and finding out what makes people tick. After completing a graduate program in print and broadcast journalism, I had the amazing opportunity to produce stories as an intern with the top rated radio morning show in Toronto. Yes, I was on the radio a few times, and yes, everyone you hear on the radio really is taller in person. I may not be in the news business anymore, but my love of writing has stayed strong. I previously ran a blog explaining employment law issues to a wide audience, and am incredibly proud to have twice won Clawbies (Canadian Law Blog Awards) for Best New Law Blog and Best Practitioner Blog.

When I’m not in the office, I’m either at whatever trivia event my partner and I can find, or learning DIY fixes for my new home.