Assistants

Bio

Melissa practices in the areas of labour and employment law and human rights law. She has experience providing advice to both employees and employers, in both unionized and non-unionized contexts. Melissa has experience in matters before the Manitoba Labour Board, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, judicial review hearings, human rights complaint processes and wrongful dismissal litigation. Melissa also provides advice with respect to employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, workplace policies, compliance (including employment standards and workplace safety legislation) and employment terminations.

Melissa began with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP as a summer student in 2006 and 2007 and returned as an articling student in 2008.

  • Primary Practice Area

    Labour & Employment

  • Practice Areas

    Labour & Employment

    Administrative

  • Education

    B.Comm (Honours) (with Distinction), University of Manitoba, 2005
    LLB, University of Manitoba, 2008

  • Industries

    Agribusiness

    Financial Services

    Health Care

    Start-ups

  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 2009

  • Achievements

    Highest Standing - International Business Law Course (2007, University of Manitoba)
    Highest Standing - Legal Profession & Professional Responsibility Course (2007, University of Manitoba)
    Pitblado Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba (2007)

  • In the Community

    President, Manitoba Bar Association (MBA), September 2017 - present

    2017 Mid-Winter Conference Planning Committee, MBA

    Vice-President, Manitoba Bar Association (MBA), 2016 - August 2017

    Director of Advocacy and Public Relations, MBA, 2014 - 2016

    Lawyer's Play Committee member, MBA/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Joint Production, 2014 - 2016

    Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba Inc., 2015-present

    Learning Group Facilitator, CPLED (Manitoba), 2015 - 2016

    Co-Chair, MBA Law Day Committee, 2013 & 2014

    Cast Member, MBA/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Joint Production, 2011, 2012 & 2013

    Frequent presenter to employer groups and associations