Zaheer Lakhani

The basics
1992:   B.A. North American History:  McGill University
1996:   J.D., University of Western Ontario Law School
1998:   Called to the Ontario Bar

Philosophy
Use every situation as an opportunity to learn something new.

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What He’s Known For
Zaheer loves litigation and is very comfortable advocating for his clients in court. However, he also has a strong sense of balancing when it’s appropriate to litigate and when it makes sense to negotiate. He does both extremely well.

Zaheer is fair-minded, personable and engaging and he uses these interpersonal skills effectively in representing all of his clients: both employers and employees. Zaheer helps all of his clients navigate complex and emotionally difficult circumstances in an objective and reasoned manner.
Practice areas:

  • Wrongful dismissal litigation
  • Employment contract litigation including fiduciary duty and non-competition claims
  • Workplace training
  • Harassment investigations

Accomplishments
Zaheer has successfully litigated numerous motions, trials and appeals and he has had several matters deemed significant enough to be reported in both law reports and the National Post.

He is a highly sought out speaker who injects reality and humour into his presentations. He effectively combines substantive information with stories and audience participation on topics such as:

  • Investigating Workplace Harassment Complaints
  • Strategies for High Risk Terminations
  • Unintentional Racism: Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Myths and Misconceptions About the Employment Standards Act
  • Managing Difficult Employees and Termination
  • Tightening Up: Employment Contracts that Work

Zaheer is an ongoing presenter at HRPA’s Quarterly Employment Law Update on human rights in the workplace. His article, “An Employer’s Obligations with Regard to a Diverse Workforce” was published in Carswell’s Employment Law Report.

Interesting Tidbit
Zaheer was a former varsity squash player and former squash instructor. He now sacrifices his wonky knees in representing a local squash team in the Toronto and District Men’s Squash league and spends time training his young son on being a future squash champion. 

Zaheer also enjoys being a hockey dad, except when it results in 6:00 a.m. weekend practices; and he cherishes watching the Maple Leafs with his three children.