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Ron is the Principal lawyer at LeClair and Associates, specializing exclusively in management side Labour and Employment Law. Ron assists various private and public sector clients with the full range of workplace legal issues. He is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer on many labour and employment law topics.
Whether it involves a unionized or non-unionized working environment, Ron works with employers to successfully manoeuver through workplace issues they face. Through providing strategic advice, ensuring compliance with constantly evolving workplace laws and representing employers at mediation, arbitration, tribunal hearings, administrative proceedings or in court, Ron’s primary objective is to ensure that the employer’s overarching organizational goals are met. Ron’s approach is to support the employer’s strategic objectives by addressing legal issues – and maximizing available legal options – as part of the larger goal of achieving organizational vibrancy and success.
Nic is a dual qualified lawyer, who enjoyed a successful partnership at one of South Africa’s largest law firms, before continuing his legal career in Canada.
With a decade of devoted focus to the management side of labour and employment law, Nic provides pragmatic and cost-effective counsel to Executives and HR Professionals across a variety of sectors – including in the automotive, chemical, construction, education, healthcare, manufacturing, municipal, steel, retail, tech and transport industries.
Nic continues to successfully advocate contentious litigation disputes across both unionised and non-unionised environments, and considers every client's business an extension of our own.
Outside of work, Nic can be found with his family or cycling around the city.
Terra Leibold is the Office Manager for LeClair & Associates. Her career in the legal industry started in 2002 as a paralegal, but her natural business and marketing sense has equipped her to oversee the general management of the firm, which includes office management, human resources, technology and information systems, and accounting. She finds motivation in providing the firm with the tools and resources it requires to be successful.
In her spare time she enjoys camping with her husband and children, spending time with friends and family, running, hiking, biking, and volunteering in her community.
Natalya Volkova is a Legal Assistant at LeClair & Associates. She provides legal and administrative support to our team, including drafting and preparing legal documents for use in courts and administrative tribunal proceedings, communications and strategic file management.
Savannah Townsend is a Legal Assistant/Law Clerk at LeClair and Associates. She provides legal and administrative support to our team and is a point of contact for our clients. She contributes to the smooth operation of our firm and the exceptional services we provide to our clients by drafting and preparing legal documents for use in court and tribunal proceedings, communication, and file management.
She has always had a passion for the law and providing excellent client service. She graduated in 2021 with her Law Clerk Diploma and promptly began her legal career.
In her spare time, Savannah enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Ayushi is an Articling Student at LeClair and Associates. She completed the Juris Doctor program at the University of Ottawa and previously studied Law at Carleton University, earning her Bachelor of Arts Honours. During her undergrad, Ayushi was the Vice-President of Scholars at Risk, a non-governmental organization advocating for the freedom of speech for scholars in Canada and globally. Ayushi has a passion for technology and privacy and how it intersects with the practice of Labour and Employment law.
She has successfully competed in many national tech related competitions. She has also worked closely with the University of Ottawa to digitize and create the law school of the future through projects such as the first ever LeClair and Associates Virtual Reality Moot. Ayushi’s work has been recognized by mainstream media and has been featured in the Canadian Lawyer Magazine, CityNews, LawTimes and many others.
During her free time, Ayushi loves to paint, read, and explore the city’s food scene!
Ritesh joins our firm as an Articling Student after having completed his J.D (law degree) with an option in Technology Law from the University of Ottawa. He is currently completing the licensing process with the Law Society in Ontario. While in law school, Ritesh participated in several tech law competitions that promoted access to justice. These award-winning projects were recognized nationally and internationally. Prior to law school, Ritesh started an eight-year career in policing which involved two police agencies within Canada along with several international assignments. He co-led the creation of the Cyber-Crimes unit and the Research and Innovation portfolio focusing on digital transformation. Ritesh then transitioned to the Private sector where he worked with different Fortune 500 Tech companies on global projects related to cybersecurity, privacy, investigations and digital transformation.
In 2018, Ritesh was selected by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for its Emerging Leaders Executive Program. In 2017, he completed an MBA with distinction from the University of Edinburgh with an exchange at Peking University in Beijing, China.
Ritesh has had the privilege of working and presenting around the world including the World Internet Conference in China, the training academy for the Jamaican Constabulary Force, Intersect in Dubai, the Major City Chiefs/FBI National Executive Institute Conference, NATO sponsored Cyber-Security Conference in North Macedonia and several other events in the Middle East, North America and Europe. Ritesh has appeared twice as a witness in the House of Commons- Industry, Science, Technology Committee addressing competitiveness in Canada.
Ritesh has written several articles for the Financial Times, the Economist and several other publications. He also frequently appears in mainstream media as a subject matter expert on tech and cyber-related stories.