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Jamie Knight, LL.B., practises labour and employment law as a partner with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP in the firm’s Hamilton and Toronto offices. Jamie has thirty-five years of experience working with his clients to improve the effectiveness of their human resources relationships. Jamie represents employers in all aspects of dealing with their unionized and non-unionized employees. Jamie’s practice features wrongful dismissal, human rights, health and safety, privacy, labour board hearings, collective bargaining and labour arbitrations. Jamie is an author/co-author of some twenty publications — almost all in multiple editions. He is a teacher, frequent speaker, and pro-active advocate for workplaces that work.
Jamie has been on the Board of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) since 2008, President in 2017 and Past President in 2018. In 2017, Jamie was named the Canadian HR Reporter 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year, as selected by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In addition to a Band 1 ranking in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, Jamie has maintained a high ranking for many years in other respected sources in both categories of employment and labour law. In 2018, Jamie was elected as a Fellow of the U.S.-based College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Diane Laranja, J.D., is an associate with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP practicing in all areas of labour and employment law. Diane received a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 2012, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013. Diane also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, where she majored in Management with a minor in Human Resources Management. Diane has authored or co-authored several papers on various labour and employment topics. In her practice, Diane regularly advises employers on workplace human resource issues, with a particular emphasis on grievance arbitrations, construction labour relations, occupational health and safety, employee issues, and management training. Diane is also a Board Member of the Ontario Electrical League.
Carissa Tanzola, LL.B., is a partner with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP practicing in all areas of labour and employment law. Carissa regularly advises employers with respect to workplace accidents and injuries, disability management, occupational health and safety, human rights, and investigations. Carissa is well versed in all aspects of workplace compensation claims management, including appeals to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). She has also dealt extensively with workplace compensation account management, including rating analysis and classification appeals. Carissa was called to the bar in Ontario in 2008 and from 2016 to 2018 was a Vice Chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Carissa has written and lectured on a variety of employment and labour issues.
James Jennings J.D., is an associate with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP practicing in all areas of labour and employment law. James received a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2017 and was called to the Ontario bar in 2018. James also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, where he majored in History with a minor in Political Studies. Before articling at and joining Filion as an associate, James spent two summers interning at the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Branch where he researched government policy related to occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation. James has authored or co-authored several articles on labour and employment topics.