Trials & Appeals


Before a trial begins, a plaintiff starts a lawsuit by filing a claim followed by the defendant filing a defence. Often, offers to settle, mediations, or settlement conferences are scheduled and conducted in the hopes of settling the case before trial.

Typically, cases do settle before the trial stage. However, if the parties are unable to reach a mutually agreeable resolution, each party should be properly prepared to try their case at the trial stage.

Civil LItigation

At Zeilikman Law, we are ready to do so.

Our experienced lawyers are knowledgeable about how to prepare for a trial. Our client can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned.

As the trial date approaches, we will reassess the theory of your case, and ensure that it becomes tighter and more focused. Our experienced employment lawyers will remove or add arguments as needed to strengthen the case and prepare the necessary evidence to put our client’s best foot forward.

At trial, we will present the merits of our client’s case and respond to any claims made by the opposing side. We believe that as part of our strategy, it is important to understand all the parties’ positions to prepare the client for what may lie ahead.

The Appeal Process

When it comes to an appeal, it is important to have a law firm that understands the unique nature and process of appeals. The appeal process and the appellate courts require specific knowledge and experience.

Regardless of whether you won at trial and are now facing an appeal or lost at trial and want to start an appeal, the experienced lawyers at Zeilikman Law are here to help. Depending on the nature of the decision, a party to the proceeding may have the right to appeal the decision. However, in some cases, that right might not exist, and the parties will first have to obtain leave or permission from the court to appeal.


The appeal process is one that requires attention to the smallest details. To appeal a case, the process involves thoroughly examining transcripts and records, to interpret, assess and clarify the outcome.

The choice of whether or not to appeal a decision can be a difficult one to make. It is important to seek advice from lawyers with appellate advocacy experience before commencing an appeal.

The lawyers at Zeilikman Law can help provide guidance on deciding whether to appeal a decision and also provide guidance and representation throughout each step of the appeal process, as it may be difficult to navigate.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

Our experienced lawyers are comfortable inside courtrooms. Whether going through a trial or appeal, we understand that going to court may be your last resort. However, at times when there is a workplace dispute with an employer, which cannot be resolved through alternative dispute resolution methods, litigation may be required. 

Let Zeilikman Law help you. 

We can provide legal advice; outlining your options and potential risks. We will then create a litigation strategy and represent you in court. Call us today at 905-417-2227!

Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.