Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

B.A. (Hons) J.D.


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Lisa Thompson




2009 - Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and Criminology, York University
2010 - Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, York University
2014 - J.D., University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
2014 - J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
2015 - Call to the Ontario Bar

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Born and raised in St. Catharines, Lisa is excited to launch her legal career in her hometown. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and Criminology from York University in 2009 and her Juris Doctors from the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy in the unique Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program in 2014.

After completing her articles with Chown Cairns Lawyers LLP, Lisa was called to the Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada in June 2015 and has since re-joined the firm as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Lisa’s areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation, labour and employment and real estate law.

In the past, Lisa has volunteered as a tutor in adult literacy and was a Big Sister at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor-Essex. Lisa continues her teaching and tutoring endeavors in the Niagara Region and is an adjunct educator at Niagara College.

Civil Litigation and Commercial Litigation Experience

Lisa has appeared at every level of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including Small Claims Court, and has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants. She can advise you on a variety of civil litigation and commercial litigation matters, including:

  • Debt collection;
  • Contract disputes;
  • Property disputes;
  • Real Estate litigation;
  • Construction Lien claims;
  • Estate litigation; and,
  • Tort claims including economic torts, interference with economic interests and business relations; breach of fiduciary duties claims.

Labour and Employment Law Experience

Lisa has experience in acting for both employees and employers in a wide variety of labour and employment issues. In her litigation practice, she has represented clients at various forums including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Ontario College of Trades and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for a diversity of claims, including:

  • Wrongful dismissal;
  • Constructive dismissal;
  • Employment Standards claims;
  • Human Rights claims including discrimination and harassment;
  • Disability or accommodation issues,
  • Reprisal claims or threat of reprisal claims;
  • WSIB entitlement to benefits and related appeals;
  • Duty of Fair Representation for unionized employees;
  • Disciplinary hearings; and,
  • Grievances.

Legal Representation for Employers

In addition to her litigation practice, Lisa frequently advises employers on a number of policy and administration matters to best protect employers from potential contraventions of legislation or common law and to reduce the risk of litigation. As an employer, you can seek Lisa’s services for a number of issues including:

  • Drafting employment contracts;
  • Drafting Independent Contractor Agreements;
  • Drafting workplace policies and employee manuals, including Attendance and Absenteeism Policies and Progressive Discipline Policies;
  • Advising on termination of employees; and,
  • Drafting termination and severance packages.

Legal Representation for Employees

As an employee, Lisa can advise you on various issues related to your new job, the termination of your employment, or other issues which may have arisen with your current employment relationship including:

  • Contract negotiations for new employment contracts;
  • Advising on termination or severance packages;
  • Entitlement or continuation of short term disability or long term disability benefits;
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation obligations;
  • Debts owed to you from your employer; and,
  • Harassment or discrimination complaints.

Real Estate Law Experience

Lisa’s Real Estate practice focuses on the purchase and sale of residential real estate, including existing homes and new building developments.