Mission & Values
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.
Our core values should give you a better sense of who we are and how approach the practice of law:
- Give our clients what they need
- Clients not files
- Educate and Advise
- Acting as your Trusted Advisors
- Reasonably Aggressive or Aggressively Reasonable
- Efficient use of technology
- No Surprises
- Reasonable Billing
- Local, yet global
We know that legal fees can be expensive, and many people are scared of what calling a lawyer will cost them. That’s normal, but the worst thing you can do is proceed without proper advice, allowing small issues to grow into big ones or unknowingly losing out on tens of thousands of dollars; it always costs more to fix a problem than to prevent it.
We like to find ways to provide cost certainty and predictability. When possible, we bill on a fixed-fee basis. We also offer employers a monthly retainer option. And if we are billing based on time, we will maintain regular contact with you so that there can be a cost-benefit analysis at every stage.
Working With Us
At Rudner Law, we don’t try to do everything, but we make sure that everything we do is done well. For that reason, we focus on the area where we have substantial knowledge, expertise and experience: Employment Law (sometimes referred to as HR Law or Workplace Law).
We recognize that the employment relationship is an interpersonal one, not unlike a marriage, and that it is a critical part of your life. That is true whether we are talking about a multi-national corporation, an owner-operated startup, a family business or a not-for-profit organization. And interpersonal relationships are complicated. We are talking about your livelihood, your business, and the place where you spend most of your day. You want to be sure that you understand your rights and obligations. That’s where we come in.
We are passionate about helping our clients and working with them at all stages of the employment relationship.
Our approach is simple. We want to understand your circumstances, your concerns, and your goals. We will then ensure that you understand the legal regime along with your rights and obligations. Once that is done, we work with you to design a cost-effective strategy that meets your needs. We explain the legal issues and options so that you are can make a practical decision that best suits your needs.
We want to be your Trusted Advisors.
We advise our clients and advocate on their behalf. We work with them to prevent issues, but when they can’t be avoided, we are zealous advocates, whether it is in the context of negotiation or litigation.
Since we work with employers and employees, and also act as neutrals, we can look at any situation from every perspective. We can credibly anticipate what “the other side” might think and, or how they will respond, assess how to persuade a third party of the strength of your case, and advise you on the best way to proceed.
Meeting With Us
Since our clients can be found across the country and around the world, we make use of technology to facilitate our relationships: we use video conference solutions like Zoom or Google Meet when something in between an in-person meeting and a phone call is appropriate. We are happy to meet in person, but we will not force you to come to our offices unnecessarily.
We are based in Markham, Ontario, a growing part of the Greater Toronto Area with over 400 Canadian head offices and more than 1,000 high tech and life science companies. When an in-person meeting is necessary, we are conveniently located near Highways 407, 404, 401 and 7, and we offer free parking. 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.