Arthur Zeilikman is the founder and director of Zeilikman Law. He holds a B.A. (Honours) in History from York University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.
As a graduate student at the University of Toronto Arthur conducted seminars and lectures in a number of courses on political and moral philosophy. His commentaries and articles on the development of the law have been featured in such leading law publications as Law Times, the Lawyers Weekly, Canadian HR Reporter, the Canadian Press and Advocatedaily.com.
Arthur is experienced in the conduct of litigation from the inception of the case to its conclusion. Arthur routinely appears on complex motions as well as at trials and on appeals. He has successfully represented clients before various courts and provincial and federal administrative tribunals including the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Small Claims Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and on appeals to the Umpire in the context of the Federal Court. He dedicates the majority of his practice to employment and labour law.
Arthur has experience in labour procedure that involves the unique considerations of the unionized workplace and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Arthur has represented clients on duty of fair representation applications, unionization and de-unionization matters, matters pertaining to unfair labour practice allegations as well as in grievances and arbitrations. Arthur has been successful in the de-certification of a large union and the creation of a large grass roots union consisting of close to 300 employees. He likewise has experience in advising on internal union affairs between unions and their members and on matters relating to union formation and constitution.
Arthur’s employment law experience is extremely broad. He has successfully represented numerous clients in wrongful terminations, workplace harassment matters, bad faith dismissals, disputes surrounding restrictive covenants, discrimination complaints involving provincial and federal legislation, adjudications pursuant to the Canada Labour Code involving bank and other federal employees as well as in proceedings before the Canada Revenue Agency on issues of status.
Arthur interned, summered and articled at two prestigious downtown litigation and employment boutique firms in Toronto.
No matter the difficulty of the dispute, Arthur is committed to his role as a dedicated advocate and representative on behalf of his clients.
Jennifer Zeilikman is Zeilikman Law’s managing counsel. She earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in June 2010.
Prior to assuming a managerial role with Zeilikman Law, Jennifer has successfully appeared before various levels of court and administrative tribunals, including the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court and Landlord and Tenant Board, to advocate on behalf of her clients.
Jennifer brings an advocate’s experience in her day-to-day dealings with clients and is noted for her resourcefulness and implementation of strategic and forward-looking thinking. She is recognized for being a committed professional, always taking into consideration each client’s specific circumstances in order to best represent their legal interests.
Dennis Ovsyannikov obtained a B.A. (Honours) in History from York University (graduating with highest honour) and a J.D. from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.
Dennis completed his training as a lawyer at a boutique civil and criminal litigation firm in Toronto. Dennis also worked as an associate lawyer at a mid-size civil litigation firm in Mississauga where he practiced primarily in the area of personal injury litigation.
In addition to English, Dennis is fluent in Russian.
Dennis is a client service and results-oriented professional, he performs effectively in formal court and tribunal settings and excels during negotiations.
Dennis successfully represented clients before various courts as well as provincial and federal administrative tribunals including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Small Claims Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
Dennis practices in association with Zeilikman Law.
David is an associate at Zeilikman Law with a primary focus in employment law, human rights law, commercial litigation and defamation.
David has experience in all stages of litigation in a variety of matters, ranging from wrongful dismissal to complex corporate contract disputes. David has appeared in the Superior Court of Justice on numerous occasions and has experience dealing with matters in the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal and various other administrative tribunals. David places a strong emphasis on defending his clients’ interests in a manner that is both cost effective and time sensitive.
David was called to the Ontario bar in 2017. He holds a BA from York, an LLB from Queen’s University and a certificate in international business law from the Bader International Study Centre. While attending law school, David was a Project Lead for Pro Bono Students Canada and a volunteer case-worker for the Queen’s Legal Aid office.
Isabelle Bruce is an associate at Zeilikman Law. She completed her articling term at the firm prior to her call to the Ontario bar in 2017.
Isabelle practices in civil litigation with an emphasis on employment, labour and human rights. She has represented clients in various court levels and administrative bodies, including having appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Small Claims Court and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Additionally, Isabelle has experience in mediation and alternative dispute resolution settings. Isabelle has extensive experience with employment matters involving wrongful termination, constructive dismissal, human rights violations, and union disputes.
Isabelle earned her J.D. from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, where she volunteered with Community Legal Aid as a litigator and was involved in various humanitarian law and legal research initiatives. Prior to law school Isabelle earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario.
Isabelle is committed to her clients’ goals and interests. She appreciates the impact litigation has on an individual or business and, as such, works closely with her clients to provide exceptional results.