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Z Legal Litigation Lawyers, focusing on Employment Law, Estate Litigation and Commercial Litigation

Experienced. Focused.

Martin Zatovkanuk, LL.B, B.Sc, B.Ed, Founder

As founder of Z Legal, Martin Zatovkanuk is an experienced litigation lawyer with a decade of experience before all levels of Ontario Courts. Z Legal focuses on employment litigation, commercial litigation, estate litigation and professional misconduct matters, as well as litigious family law matters.

As part of his employment law practice, Martin assists employees who have been wrongfully dismissed, laid off, terminated or discriminated against. He also represents employers and assists in drafting employment contracts and navigating accommodation requests, Human Rights issues and terminations.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Martin has assisted his clients with a wide variety of matters, ranging from construction disputes to shareholder disputes and helped recover significant damages for his clients.

Martin also assists in complex Estate Litigation matters, which can include challenging a Last Will, Dependent Claims, and overseeing the distribution of Estate assets.

Previously, as a personal injury litigator, he successfully represented clients in obtaining a catastrophically impaired designations, winning millions of dollars for his clients. Martin is regarded as a skilled negotiator by both his clients and opposing counsel alike.

He has served as prosecution counsel for the Ontario College of Teachers, general counsel for the College of Opticians of Ontario, and has gained valuable experience in assisting professionals who have disciplinary matters before Ontario’s many Colleges.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Martin was a teacher for several years. As such, Martin’s clients value his patience, diligence and ability to communicate openly and honestly with them, as well as his understanding of the law and the issues that affect their claims. He is fluent in French, Czech and Ukrainian, and has acted on the Executive Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Daiane Curvelo, Senior Law Clerk

Daiane earned her Bachelor of Laws in 2008 and completed her postgraduate studies in Employment Law in 2011 in Brazil. As a member of the Order of Attorneys of Brazil, Daiane had been an active litigation lawyer in Brazil from 2009 until 2012, when she moved to Canada.

After graduating as a Legal Assistant from George Brown College in 2013, Daiane worked at prestigious Toronto firms in the area of plaintiff personal injury and gained invaluable experience in the management and production of documents and pleadings for litigation cases.

In 2014, Daiane earned her Law Clerk diploma through the Institute of Law Clerk of Ontario (ILCO) and has been an active member since then.

Since joining Z Legal in 2017, Daiane has assisted in all aspects of the litigation process including examinations for discovery, mediations, arbitrations and trials. Daiane brings a comprehensive understanding of litigation procedures and prides herself on being meticulously organized.

Lara Karina Tuazon, Senior External Counsel

Lara Karina S. Tuazon is a Philippine-qualified lawyer, with professional experience in employment law, civil and criminal litigation, intellectual property, and tax advisory. She has worked with several law firms including with local and foreign clients concerning different legal matters. She has also worked as lawyer for the Financial Services Organization of Ernst & Young Philippines, rendering tax advice on financial transactions of local and international banks and related institutions.

Lara is a Juris Doctor graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law as well a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. She is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, former student delegate to Japan under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme, and the UPLB Chemical Society Alumni Association.

Francis Nealle Ricasio, Junior External Counsel

Francis earned his Degree in Business Management in 2011 and obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2016 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year.  After admission to the Philippine Bar, Francis worked with two prestigious law firms in Makati, Metro Manila where he represented individual and corporate clients in contractual and property disputes, enforcement of contractual rights, fraud, commercial and criminal litigation, family law, and estates. His experience includes representation before the Department of Labor and Employment, National Labor Relations Commission, Municipal and Regional Trial Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.

Presently, Francis is engaged in his own law practice, focusing in litigation, labor, corporate, intellectual property, and contract law. He regularly advises and guides Importers, business process outsourcing companies, information technology providers, construction, food, and retail companies on the legal aspect of doing business in the Philippines.

Reported Cases

Brass v. Berkley Estate et al.2020 ONSC 6615 (CanLII) – Estate Litigation dispute – sale of property in dispute ordered after repeated breaches  of  Court Orders by opposing party.

Chernet v. RBC General Insurance Company2017 ONCA 337 (CanLII) – Personal Injury – Court of Appeal determining the evidence necessary to demonstrate that a rear-end collision was the fault of the front vehicle.

Korea Exchange Bank of Canada v Her Majesty the Queen2016 ONSC 308 (CanLII) – Leave to Appeal of a Costs Order

Ontario College of Teachers v Larocque2013 ONOCT 58 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

AS v MMR2013 CanLII 69414 (ON HPARB) – Health Professions Appeal and Review Board confirmed the decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Opticians of Ontario.

Ontario College of Teachers v Baytor2013 ONOCT 8 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Ontario College of Teachers v Ondricko2012 ONOCT 32 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Krolenko v. Solynko2019 ONSC 2246 (CanLII) – undertakings motion in loan dispute.

Ontario College of Teachers v Lowe2014 ONOCT 60 (CanLII) – reprimand of licensed teacher

Ontario College of Teachers v Montpellier2013 ONOCT 100 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Brass v. Berkley and Berkley Estate2020 ONSC 722 (CanLII) – appointment of Estate Trustee During Litigation stemming from non-compliance of Respondent.

Ontario College of Teachers v Ritchie2013 ONOCT 78 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Ontario College of Teachers v Racines2014 ONOCT 85 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Ontario College of Teachers v Innes2013 ONOCT 51 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Ontario College of Teachers v Mukts2013 ONOCT 72 (CanLII) – resolution of Disciplinary matter by way of Memorandum of Understanding

Pereira v. Contardo2014 ONSC 6894 (CanLII) – – personal injury – appeal of limitation periods decision, specifically as they apply to threshold injuries

Mann v Canadian Tire Corporation Limited2016 ONSC 4926 (CanLII) – trial regarding wrongful imprisonment and shopkeeper’s privilege

 

Founder’s Message

Z Legal Litigation Lawyers is designed to take care of our customers on an individual basis. To us you’re never just a number. Ask about our flat-rate billing and contingency fee options.

We speak English, French, Ukrainian, Czech, Portuguese and Tagalog to better assist you.

Need a Toronto litigation lawyer? Contact Z Legal today.

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