Ellen Low is an employment lawyer who knows what it takes to “go the distance.” As a marathon runner and former varsity rugby player, Ellen knows the value of working as a team and that hard work, dedication, and preparation are the keys to success in any endeavour. She applies these principles in providing practical legal advice to employers and employees regarding workplace issues.
Ellen obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and spent part of her final year of law school participating in an international law project in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ellen was licensed to practice law in Ontario in 2008 after articling at a national law firm. She joined Whitten & Lublin PC to focus exclusively on employment law, human rights, and workplace issues.
Ellen has litigated on her clients’ behalf at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She also frequently assists clients in navigating alternative dispute resolutions and negotiated settlements.
She was lead counsel in the controversial wrongful dismissal case Bland v. Canadian Farm Insurance Services Inc., 2012 ONSC 3021 (CanLII) as well as Jiwan v. Money Express POS Solutions Inc., 2012 O.J. No. 1616, an important case clarifying the law regarding pleading offers to settle.
Ellen’s employment-law articles and commentary have been published in the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, VIVA magazine, Canadian Employment Law Today, and Canadian Lawyer Magazine. She is a frequent guest speaker at the Canadian Payroll Association, Human Resources Professionals Association, and the Commons Institute.
Ellen provides advice to employers and employees in plain English on all aspects of employment law including: drafting and reviewing employment contracts, workplace policies, termination provisions, non-competition clauses and restrictive covenants, wrongful and constructive dismissal litigation, employment standards, workplace investigations, occupational health and safety issues as well as human rights in the workplace.