About Waheeda Ekhlas Smith

*Practicing as WES Law Professional Corporation

Waheeda Ekhlas Smith is an experienced and compassionate Toronto employment lawyer. She has successfully represented both employees and employers in a variety of employment law matters.

Waheeda knows that no two cases are the same. She understands the intricacies of each case and aims for the best outcome. While striving for a speedy resolution before her clients’ matters enter the courts, she is ready and willing to advance or defend their interests to the furthest extent necessary to achieve the most favourable outcome.

Prior to practicing as a lawyer, Waheeda worked as a legal assistant for many years, beginning at just 18 years old. This unique background has helped Waheeda develop an innate appreciation for the law and how it can help her clients when they need it most. Her clients feel comforted and confident in her direct yet compassionate approach.

Waheeda does not hesitate to advocate for her clients and has appeared at various Ontario courts and tribunals including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Labour Relations Board, and Small Claims Court. Waheeda has represented clients at numerous examinations for discoveries, mediations, pre-trials, and motions. Her vast courtroom experience gives her an incomparable advantage in employment law.

Waheeda earned her law degree at The University of Windsor, where she received academic awards in Civil Procedure and Constitutional Litigation. Prior to that, she earned a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario, where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List, a distinction reserved for the top 10% of students within the entire program.

When not working, Waheeda enjoys spending time with her husband and pets and enjoys visiting new places, having lived in or travelled to four continents. Also, in her travels, she hopes to visit all 30 MLB ballparks in North America, and only has seven more to go!

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Associations & Memberships

  • Director at Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

Education

  • JD – University of Windsor, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours French Language & Literature) – UWO, 2009

Representative Work

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Toronto Lawyers Association – Moderator – Live with André Bacchus and Alisha E. Athanasiou re advice on looking to succeed in the post-COVID legal market (July 2020)
  • The Globe & Mail – “Nine to Five: I have a medical condition and can’t wear a mask at work. Will I be fired?” – June 1, 2020
  • The Lawyer’s Daily – “(Un)friendly confines of Wrigley Field: Arbitration ruling blow to MLB player seniority” – February 13, 2020 (co-author)
  • The Lawyer’s Daily – “Ambiguity in stock options, restricted share unit plans: Latest from Court of Appeal” – January 10, 2020

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