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Samantha Lucifora – Litigation Associate
Phone: 416-907-9249 x 226
Email: [email protected]
Samantha is a barrister and solicitor licensed by the Law Society of Ontario, practicing employment law. In her practise she deals with a diverse range of employment and disability issues for employees. In addition, she aids employers with preventing, planning for and navigating various workplace issues.
Samantha completed her JD at the University of Windsor, after obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University in psychology and political science.
During law school Samantha was actively involved as a case worker for community legal aid, and as a member of the Admissions and Law Games committees. During her third year she studied abroad at the University of Hertfordshire in England.
Prior to joining Monkhouse Law as an associate, she articled at a personal injury firm where she developed a passion for advocacy.
When not working, Samantha volunteers with the non-profit Girls Incorporated, a leading advocacy organization for young girls. She also enjoys travelling, food, and spending time with her family and friends.
Select review of Samantha:
“Samantha is an excellent lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of employment law. Furthermore she is excellent in clearly explaining the “legaleze” into layman’s terms that one can understand. She is also truly objective and provides you with all the information for you to make a decision, but she never pushes you one way or another, but rather explains clearly the pros and cons of every decision. Well organized and well prepared she has all the qualities that one looks for in a great lawyer.”
Recent Notable cases (note: each case is individual and past success does not guarantee future success):
Ruston v. Keddco: Trial Decision: Samantha was co-counsel in an 11-day trial representing an 11 year President of a company who was terminated on accusations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. The Court unequivocally found these claims to be without merit and dismissed the $1.7 million claim against the President, instead awarding him an elongated 19 month notice period, his full cash bonus entitlements, as well as $125,000 in extraordinary damages for the behaviour and tactics of the Defendant.
Paquette v TeraGo Networks Inc.: Ontario Court of Appeal Decision: Samantha was co-counsel on an appeal which provides that employees generally get their bonuses during any notice period, unless there is specific wording to the contrary. This case also unequivocally held that the “active employment” requirement to be eligible for a bonus is not sufficiently clear to oust an employee’s entitlement to a bonus during the notice period.
Johar v Best Buy Canada: Final Summary Judgment Decision: Samantha was primary carriage lawyer over this matter which was resolved economically and efficiently through summary judgment.
Johar v Best Buy Canada:Costs Decision: $27,500 was awarded by the Court to assist Samantha’s client with the cost of his legal fees . This award was 50% the amount of the total severance and is one of the highest cost awards as a percentage of total awards given out.