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Case Summary

It is often said that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and only a few seconds to destroy it. The law of defamation seeks to address the problems associated with negative communications with respect to a person’s character. Defamation is a statement that is communicated by a third party that tends to harm a person’s reputation. Defamation can occur either verbally (“slander”) or in writing (“libel”).

Reputational damage can have extremely negative consequences on a person’s life in general and on a business in particular. With the rise of the Internet, defamatory statements have been easier to proliferate and harder to fight. Individuals tend to be harsher in their expressions while remaining anonymous. The online medium presents procedural and practical challenges that require the aid of a skilled lawyer.

In a business context defamatory statements occur between warring ex partners and various stakeholders. It is often the case that departing employees, former business associates, directors, partners or competitors in the same industry seek to tarnish a company’s or a person’s reputation by, among other things, misrepresenting facts about it. It is also the case that individuals and companies can seek to sabotage the productivity of a business by interfering with its economic relations, committing trade libel and causing to lose profits and earnings. Finally, it is often the case that individuals and companies are wrongfully subjected to allegations of defamatory conduct only to put pressure through a misuse of our judicial system.

We are often surprised at how shocked people become when they realize the severe consequences that follow defamatory conduct. At Zeilikman Law we strive to both protect and vindicate the reputation of our clients and to defend individuals and companies that are being sued for defamation and other causes of action. If your business or you have been subjected to defamatory statements, or if you have been sued with defamation and are in need of representation, we invite you to contact us.

The above article is for general information purposes only, does not constitute legal advice or create a solicitor-client relationship. Because each case is unique and factually driven, if you have concerns with regard to the foregoing issues, please make an appointment with one of our lawyers or a qualified legal practitioner elsewhere. We represent clients in the Greater Toronto Area including Toronto, North York, Markham, Vaughan, Thornhill, Newmarket, Aurora, Brampton, Mississauga, Barrie, Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa.

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.