Janice Rubin - Rubin Thomlinson LLP

Janice Rubin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 416-847-1814

Janice Rubin is co-founder and co-managing partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP and is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on employment law.

Rubin Thomlinson LLP is a Toronto-based law firm focused on providing optimal legal solutions to challenging workplace issues to employer and employee clients. The firm provides expert counsel on all legal issues pertaining to the workplace such as hiring, retaining and terminating employees, disability accommodation, performance management and employment contracts. The firm’s clients are amongst Canada’s leading corporations and employers

While recognized for her depth of expertise in all areas of employment law, Janice and her firm are considered leading authorities in the area of workplace harassment, workplace investigations and reviews. Janice and her colleagues work across the country, and have conducted various high profile investigations and reviews including: the CBC investigation regarding a former radio host; the Canadian Olympic Committee review following a complaint filed by an employee against the former President; and the review of the harassment and discrimination-free workplace policy and the respectful workplace program for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2015, Janice received the Employment Lawyer of the Year Award as a result of her work on the CBC investigation. She was also nominated for Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2015. In 2016, Rubin Thomlinson was recognized as one of the top employment law boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine. 

In 2007, together with partner Christine Thomlinson, Janice co-authored Human Resources Guide to Workplace Investigations, published by Canada Law Book. In 2010 Janice co-authored the second edition of Law of Termination in Ontario.  She has also published numerous articles on employment law. She is a regular contributor to legal education programs for lawyers, and has taught employment law at Osgoode Hall Law School.  She is frequently interviewed by the media on matters related to the workplace, and has participated in webinars for the Conference Board of Canada and the Women’s Executive Network. 

Also active in her community, Janice is the former chair of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s “Women Moving Women” campaign, which is a national economic development initiative to help women living in poverty in Canada. Janice graduated from the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1991.  She graduated from Harvard University’s Basic and Advanced Negotiation Skills program in 1997 and the CDR Associates mediation course in 1998.

Client Comments

"Janice has dedicated herself to a specific practice and in doing so is exceptional in that area. She brings common sense to bear in what can be very charged litigious matters."

-David Bowker
Executive Vice President
K-G Packaging Inc.

"There is good reason that Janice Rubin is listed in the Best Lawyers referral guide - she is one. Janice is a professional who not only provides her clients with excellent legal advice but ensures that it is mixed with practicality. She creates a partnership such that she takes time to understand her client's employment law requirements so that her advice is relevant to her client's situation. In addition, she ensures that they are kept current on this changing field. She is responsive, competent, and a pleasure to work with. In short, we are fortunate to have Janice as our Employment Law Counsel."

-David Bowker
Executive Vice President
K-G Packaging Inc.

"Janice Rubin is an exceptional employment lawyer. She is both proactive and responsive. Janice goes out of her way to keep us informed of changes in the employment law environment, and responds to our requests for guidance and support in a timely manner that is second to none. Janice has ensured that she has sufficient understanding of our business and our culture. As a result, she can apply her knowledge and experience in an appropriate relative context, helping us to explore all potential options. Janice has also compiled a great team of lawyers capable of supporting our needs on any topic related to the employment relationship. We highly recommend Janice and her team to anyone in search of employment law counsel."

-Robert Canuel
Vice President - Human Resources
Hallmark Canada

"I highly recommend Janice Rubin. She is a very experienced practitioner in the Employment Law field and she brings the perfect balance of legal expertise and business sense when faced with the difficult situations in which we would engage her. In particular, Janice is extremely valuable in assisting with workplace harassment issues, be they training or those unfortunate situations that call for an investigation. In addition to her own skills, Janice is also surrounded by several impressive colleagues and her firm can always be relied upon to give practical and timely advice."

Office Location

20 Adelaide Street East, Suite 1104
Toronto, ON M5C 2T6


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Practice Areas

Labour and Employment Law