Opportunities for Litigation Lawyers and Law Clerks

Intake Coordinator – Litigation Law Clerk
Intermediate to Mid-Level Commercial Litigation Lawyer (5 Years+)
Intermediate Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Commercial Litigation Lawyer (5 Years+)
Junior Commercial Litigator (3 to 5 Years) New

Gilbertson Davis LLP is a boutique litigation and business law firm that provides a congenial and multifaceted work environment

Current Openings

Junior Commercial Litigation Lawyer (3-5 years experience) for suitable Entrepreneurial Applicant with practice, marketing and administrative aptitude who seeks to build a practice  and grow with us. Compensation is performance based on a share of billed and recovered fees.

Skillsets & Experience Sought:

  • Keen analytical, drafting, advocacy, research, organizational, written and oral communication abilities;
  • Superior social and interpersonal skills capable of cordial interactions with staff and lawyers, and respectful interactions with clients, opposing counsel, courts and tribunals;
  • Deep appreciation of professional ethics;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively in a cordial Boutique Environment at our downtown Toronto offices with some flexibility for remote working as necessary, with senior, intermediate and junior lawyers as well as independently;
  • Intimate acquaintance with the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure and Practice Directions honed on motions and in court;
  • Strong academic achievements at a top- ranking law school after strong undergraduate academic performance;
  • Ability to adapt to a wide variety of practice areas, with flexibility to develop individually preferred practice areas as exemplified on our website: http://www.gilbertsondavis.com/
  • Interest in building a Commercial Litigation practice (whether in court, in arbitration or as appropriate, before administrative bodies) with a developed marketing plan and a commitment to participate actively to our web presence through our web marketing platform;
  • Involvement in the new client/file intake process, including drafting retainer agreements; drafting marketing or advertising material for legal services, including law firm website content; and regularly blogging and / or writing on matters of interest to potential clients of legal services;
  • Ability to meet a deadline and who will demonstrate organizational ability in the maintenance with us of our joint Commercial Litigation File List;
  • Respectful adherence to public health recommendations absent compelling medical or religious grounds for exemptions to which we are able to accommodate in our work environment;
  • Competence in at least one other language other than English is an asset, though not a requirement, and candidates from minority and diverse populations are welcome.

Apply in Confidence with CV, with undergraduate and law school transcripts and two writing samples to: Ms. Danielle Brooks. We thank all applicants for their replies, but we regret we will not be able to grant an interview to all applicants.

Estimated: $100,000 Plus Dependent on Performance, based on a Share of Billed and Recovered Fees

Job Type: Full-time

COVID-19 considerations:

Regularly cleaned and sanitized well spaced office facilities with recently upgraded building HVAC, readily available masks, gloves and sanitizer, social distancing practised during Pandemic.

As our Intake Coordinator you will seek to initiate relationships and welcome clients to the firm, listen and understand their needs, and create a succinct summary for the lawyers. Essential functions and basic duties: include, but are not limited to warmly welcoming callers, listening carefully and asking questions to create an effective summary of intake calls. Callers may be interested in legal services related to Family Law/Divorce, commercial, real estate, business disputes and so forth.

As a Litigation Law Clerk you will provide support our busy downtown Commercial & Insurance Litigation/Arbitration & Business Law Team. The applicant should have strong “people skills” developed in dealing with law firm potential clients and clients. Familiarity with Commercial and/or Insurance Litigation is an asset.

The candidate should be inviting and possess excellent communication skills. The position requires attention to detail, the ability to operate well both as a team player and on individual tasks, ability to multi-task and operate against inflexible deadlines. Reliable attendance, and excellent work ethic.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating and monitoring administrative functions to ensure work is completed accurately and within established time frames
  • Managing files through all stages of the legal process, including opening and closing files
  • General administrative duties including entering time sheets as necessary and preparing accounts
  • Maintaining calendar and bring forwards
  • Conduct corporate searches, Personal Property Security Act registrations
  • Preparing, typing and dicta-typing court documents, pleadings and trial briefs
  • Drafting Affidavits of Documents
  • Entering dockets in PCLaw
  • Scheduling meetings, examinations and other proceedings

Experience/Skills

  • Knowledge of general corporate commercial matters
  • Civil Litigation skills and experience
  • Familiarity with estate administration and real estate matters
  • Knowledge of the Rules of Civil Procedure and court practice and procedures at various levels
  • Excellent grammar, spelling and proofreading skills
  • Superior analytical, organizational and prioritization abilities
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong technical skills and proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • PC Law experience preferred
  • A team player who is resourceful, motivated and works well under pressure
  • Able to take initiative, set priorities and multitask
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential

Salary based on experience and skill set. Benefits package.

Interested and qualified applicants should forward a covering letter and resume to our Office Administrator at dbrooks@gilbertsondavis.com

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected will receive a response.

Legal Assistant / Law Clerk – Family Law and Civil Litigation for full-time position providing support to our busy downtown firm. This position requires an applicant that is experienced in both Family Law and Civil Litigation. The applicant should have 3+ years’ as a Law Clerk College Diploma or equivalent. Familiarity with Commercial Litigation is an asset.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting documents, including pleadings, orders, briefs, conformations, and other court documents, correspondence, and other legal documents
  • Preparing files/documents for meetings, service and filing with the court
  • Intake Responsibilities including communicating with Potential New Firm Clients and Firm lawyers
  • Maintaining contact and positive rapport with clients
  • Schedule meetings, conference calls and work with lawyers in management of calendars and deadlines
  • Contacting opposing counsel for scheduling and information
  • Mediation, Arbitration and Trial preparation
  • Liaising with court personnel on court filings, appearances and court documents
  • Dealing with individuals at various levels internally and externally
  • Update and manage Continuing Records and ensuring accurate filing of all legal documents
  • Assist in indexing disclosure, general file management and maintenance
  • Prepare books of authority, affidavits, financial statements, NFP statements, Divorcemate calculations, disclosure briefs, etc.
  • Keeping informed on court notices, new polices, Rules and legislation, and providing updated communications to lawyers
  • Other duties as required

Required Experience/Skills/Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of Family Law experience
  • Graduate of a recognized Law Clerk Program
  • Knowledge of Family Law Rules, legal procedures and statues
  • Familiarity with new Court Covid rules and procedures, including CaseLines
  • Excellent Strong technical skills (Microsoft Office, PC Law, and DivorceMate)
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and anticipate needs, adjust to changing priorities and handle tasks in a timely manner
  • confidentially and detail-orientated
  • Ability to communicate professionally with clients, staff and lawyers
  • Civil litigation skills such a knowledge of the Rules of Civil Procedure and court practice is an asset.
  • Excellent grammar, spelling and proofreading skills
  • Strong technical skills and proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential
  • Positive attitude

Salary based on experience and skillset. Benefits package.

Intermediate to Mid-Level (5 Years +) Seeking Commercial Litigation Lawyer for suitable Entrepreneurial Applicant with at least a partial book of business, with a demonstrated aptitude for attracting clients, who seeks an early Path to Equity Partnership Participation. Compensation is performance based on a share of billed and recovered fees. The position will appeal to a Self-Starter who is committed to the practice of law, and who has keen analytical, drafting, advocacy, research, organizational, written and oral communication, social and interpersonal skills, and who has as a deeply rooted appreciation of professional ethics. Applicants must have the ability to work both collaboratively in a cordial Boutique Environment with senior, intermediate and junior lawyers as well as independently, as the case requires. Candidates must have developed an intimate acquaintance with the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure and Practice Directions honed on motions and in court during their years of practice following strong academic achievements at a top- ranking law school. Position requires an ability to respond quickly to the demands of a commercial litigation practice, including the development and deployment of a file and client based commercial litigation strategy, and experience or at least a demonstrable interest and training in one or more of the following litigation practices: business and commercial disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency, IP (especially trademark); internet and technology; real estate, condo law and commercial leasing, human rights, defamation, sexual harassment, employment law and estates litigation, including acting for those seeking or responding to injunctions, and other urgent equitable remedies. In addition, experience, and interest in insurance litigation, including coverage, cyber risk, defence and Accident Benefits would be an asset.

This opportunity will appeal to those who wish to maintain and build a Commercial Litigation practice (whether in court, in arbitration or as appropriate, before administrative bodies), who are familiar with the hard work essential to success in practice, have a marketing plan, are comfortable with the technological innovations demanded by modern practice, and who wish to assert greater control over their career prospects than may be on offer at other firms with an employer/employee employment model. Persuasive real-world experience in the following areas would be beneficial: history of direct retention by clients for legal services and involvement in the new client/file intake process, including drafting retainer agreements; drafting marketing or advertising material for legal services, including law firm website content; and regularly blogging and / or writing on matters of interest to potential clients of legal services. Candidates who have had business experience or interests and know how to meet a deadline, or who have an undergraduate business degree, would be among those who might find this position suited to their practice objectives, though we are open to applicants from a variety of academic and career backgrounds. Competence in at least one other language other than English is an asset, and candidates from minority and diverse populations are welcome.

Apply in Confidence with CV, undergraduate and law school transcripts and two writing samples to: John Davis at jdavis@gilbertsondavis.com. We thank all applicants for their reply, but we regret we will not be able to grant an interview to all applicants.

Estimated: $100,000 to $150,000 Plus, Performance Based, on a Share of Billed and Recovered Fee

Intermediate to Mid-Level (5 Years +) Seeking Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Commercial Litigation Lawyer for suitable Entrepreneurial Applicant with at least a partial book of business, who seeks an early Path to Equity Partnership Participation. Compensation is performance based on a share of billed and recovered fees. The position will appeal to a Self-Starter who is committed to the practice of law, and who has keen analytical, drafting, advocacy, research, organizational, written and oral communication skills. Applicants must have the ability to work both collaboratively in a cordial Boutique Environment with senior lawyers and also independently, as the case requires. Candidates must have developed an intimate acquaintance with the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure and Practice Directions honed on motions and in court during their years of practice following strong academic achievements at a top ranking law school. In addition to bankruptcy and insolvency experience, one or more among the following practice areas would be assets for this position: an ability to respond quickly to the demands of a bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial litigation practice, including the development and deployment of a file and client based bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial litigation strategy, as well as experience, or demonstrable interest and training in one or more of the following litigation practices: business and commercial disputes, IP (especially trademark); internet and technology; real estate, condo law and commercial leasing, including acting for those seeking or responding to injunctions, and other urgent equitable remedies; and, in addition, experience and interest in insurance litigation, including coverage, cyber risk, defence and AB.

This opportunity will appeal to those who wish to maintain and build an Insolvency, Bankruptcy and  Commercial Litigation practice (whether in court, in arbitration or as appropriate,  before administrative bodies) and who have a marketing plan. Persuasive real-world experience in the following areas would be beneficial: history of direct retention by clients for legal services and involvement in the new client/file intake process, including drafting retainer agreements; drafting marketing or advertising material for legal services, including law firm website content; and regularly blogging and / or writing on matters of interest to potential clients of legal services. Candidates who have had business experience or interests and know how to meet a deadline, or who have an undergraduate business degree, would be among those who might find this position suited to their practice objectives.

Apply in Confidence with CV, undergraduate and law school transcripts and two writing samples to:  John Davis at jdavis@gilbertsondavis.com. We thank all applicants for their reply, but we regret we will not be able to grant an interview to all applicants.

Estimated: $100,000 to $150,000 Plus

If there are no opportunities on this page and you still wish to submit your resume, please forward it in confidence to: Danielle Brooks

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected will be contacted for an interview. We regret that we may be unable to reply to all who submit applications.