Originally from the small town of Bellshill, just outside of Glasgow, Scotland, John McLuckie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the University of Waterloo. He was called to the Ontario Bar in February 2001. As a former paramedic with the Canadian Forces, John has also developed an expertise in dealing with the unique needs of other paramedics on behalf of various union clients. He speaks annually at CUPE’s Ambulance Committee Conference and has represented medics throughout Ontario.
As he has had a lifelong fascination with all things related to mass transit, John is also very proud that his practice includes fighting for the rights of transit employees both in the Nation’s Capital and beyond.
Since joining the firm in 2000, John has specialized in labour and employment law for a number of municipal and public sector unions both in Ottawa and in the Greater Toronto Area. He has represented clients before various arbitrators and tribunals including the Ontario and Canada Human Rights Tribunals, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
In addition to his labour practice, John also acts for clients facing civil litigation or administrative law difficulties including wrongful dismissal, discrimination or the denial of long-term disability benefits.
Alison Longmore joined Jewitt McLuckie & Associates in September 2004 upon her call to the Ontario Bar. Alison completed her articles with an Ottawa based union-side labour and employment law firm after working at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Aid Clinic representing women who have experienced violent crimes before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Alison received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Canadian History and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Victoria. Alison’s practice with the firm includes all aspects of Labour and Employment Law with a focus on the firm’s public sector clients and on Human Rights and Equity issues. Alison has appeared before grievance Arbitration Boards, Interest Arbitration Boards, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also participated in collective agreement negotiations, at times as part of the bargaining team, at both the federal and municipal levels.
Alison has also presented seminars to various labour groups on a variety of workplace issues including the duty to accommodate, how to deal with inter-member conflict, and medical privacy issues.
In her spare time, Alison loves cycling, kayaking, practicing yoga and traveling to new places with her family.
Alison is also a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
Samantha Lamb was called to the Bar in 2006 and joined Jewitt McLuckie & Associates in January 2007.
Samantha’s labour practice includes representing both public and private sector Unions across diverse sectors including municipal and provincial government, education, and the construction industry. In addition to rights and interest arbitrations, Samantha has extensive experience representing Unions and their members with respect to workplace investigations, pay equity maintenance issues, bargaining, complex WSIB appeals, and human rights complaints.
Samantha’s employment practice includes employment and independent contractor contracts, wrongful dismissal, and workplace investigations, as well as individual human rights complaints and WSIB appeals.
As a social worker, Samantha was trained in investigative interviewing, including training by police, and conducted hundreds of investigative interviews. She now uses those skills to investigate allegations of workplace harassment and bullying both against management and between union members.
Samantha received her Bachelors in both Common and Civil law, with distinction at McGill University, where she was awarded the Nathan Cotler Memorial Prize in Human Rights Law and the Nancy Park Memorial Prize for Human Rights and Academic Merit. Prior to attending law school, Samantha was a member of BCGEU and worked as a child protection worker for several years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Samantha is a frequent speaker for both Lancaster House and the Law Society of Upper Canada regarding workplace investigations and workplace accommodation of mental illness.
Dina Mashayekhi articled at the Superior Court of Justice and practiced with another union-side labour and employment firm before joining Jewitt McLuckie & Associates in 2007.
Dina obtained her LL.B (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa in 2005 and a B.A. Hons. (gold medalist) in both Media, Information and Technoculture and Women’s Studies from the University of Western Ontario. During law school, Dina was a research assistant at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Centre and spent a summer at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. She was also the recipient of the Legal Aid Ontario Award at graduation.
Dina’s labour practice includes representing a wide range of municipal public sector workers and other unionized employees. She has also represented paramedics who have been faced with deactivation and Ministry investigations. Her employment practice includes reviewing employment contracts and wrongful dismissal litigation as well as human rights complaints.
Dina has appeared before various Arbitration Boards in Ottawa and Durham, the HRTO and the Superior Court. She has also assisted with a coroner’s inquest.
Dina has a particular interest in both human rights and privacy issues. She has also presented various seminars on the human rights and labour matters.
As Jewitt McLuckie & Associates’ Long Term Disability Benefits specialist, Randy fights insurance companies and employers when they deny disability benefits to workers. He also helps disabled workers return to work with proper accommodations and works with unions to develop strategies that assist and protect disabled workers.
Randy’s practice is focused on getting disability benefits for workers who have been denied their entitlements. Aside from fighting insurance companies to get long term disability benefits for his clients, he regularly appears before the Social Security Tribunal to assist his clients in obtaining the Canada Pension Plan disability pension. Randy also sues insurance companies when they improperly deny loss of use and critical illness benefits.
Along with this insurance litigation practice, Randy also represents Unions in grievance and interest arbitrations. He has successfully represented unions in grievances alleging termination of employment without just cause, unlawful discrimination against disabled employees, improper promotion, denial of disability benefits, policy issues surrounding long term disability benefit plans and other workplace issues. He also assists individual employees who have been wrongfully terminated or who are dealing with discrimination or sexual harassment issues in the workplace.
Randy also likes to play. He travels extensively- recent trips include Italy and British Columbia – and loves running. He is currently and always in training for Ottawa Race Weekend.
Jeff’s practice focuses on Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal matters, and personal injury law. Jeff is the pre-eminent WSIB lawyer in the Ottawa area, and has represented hundreds of workers in claims before the WSIB Appeals Branch, as well as the Safety Insurance Tribunal. Jeff assists workers to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled, and helps them navigate their way through the very difficult WSIB system. He has practiced extensively in the WSIB system for over 20 years, and the expertise he has developed in WSIB matters has made him the go-to counsel for workers needing assistance with WSIB claims or information.
Jeff also represents car accident victims. He believes it is essential to help these victims through the difficult no-fault system, as well as to focus on claims for loss of income, pain and suffering.
Jeff attended the University of Vermont, and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1990. He met his wife at the University of Ottawa Law School, and together they have two great boys. Jeff enjoys writing music and playing guitar. He has released four albums to date, with a fifth on the way.
Cole was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2021. He completed his Law Degree at Lakehead University in 2020, and subsequently completed his articles with Jewitt McLuckie and Associates. Cole’s interest in labour law began in 2014 when he started working with Jewitt McLuckie and Associates as a member of the support staff. Before his studies in Thunder Bay, Cole attended Carleton University here in Ottawa and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies in 2016.
Cole exclusively represents unions and employees, helping them navigate employment and labour disputes. Cole’s practice areas include labour, employment, human rights, administrative, and disability law.
Cole represents unions and employees alike in court, arbitration proceedings, and administrative tribunals. He assists employees and grievors who have been wrongfully terminated, mistreated in the workplace, or have been harassed or discriminated against at work. He also helps to negotiate and review collective agreements and employment contracts and assists clients who have been improperly denied insurance benefits.
While attending law school, Cole spent a year working with Lakehead University Community Legal Services. In this role, he travelled to Northern Ontario communities and reserves to provide legal assistance. In addition to his legal clinic work, Cole completed a practice placement at the Crown Attorney’s Office in Thunder Bay. While on this placement, he worked in the courts of Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario, some of which were only accessible by plane.
Cole is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.
André was born in Ottawa where he was raised in a bilingual family. André received his JD from Dalhousie University in 2022. Prior to attending law school, André completed his undergraduate education at Bishops University, where he received an honours degree in International Relations.
Developing the skills to advocate for clients has been the driving force behind André’s legal education. While at Dalhousie, André spent his first year helping residents of Halifax protect their legal entitlements through the Dalhousie Tenants Rights Program. Following this, André helped revive and served as coordinator for a Pro Bono project which provides legal information and representation to individuals bringing appeals before the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board.
André gained first-hand exposure to labour law while working for the legal department of the Halifax International Airport Authority during the first COVID-19 lockdown. In this role, André witnessed the complex working relationships that exist between Unions, Employers and Workers when tasked with finding solutions to difficult problems. André was able to build on this experience while employed with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, where he reviewed and updated operational policies to ensure the Society retains its reputation as a leader in ethical employment.
At Dalhousie André also developed his written advocacy skills. He took first place in the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies 2021-2022 Academic Think Tank for his research which highlights the legal and practical barriers to collective bargaining for workers in the gig-economy.
André was thrilled to join the Jewitt McLuckie team in 2023 after the conclusion of his articles with the firm. He is pleased to be able to offer his legal services in both English and in French.
Samarah obtained her LL.B (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2021. Prior to her studies in Ottawa, Samarah attended the University of Toronto at the esteemed Trinity College, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Ethics, Society, and Law in 2015.
During law school, Samarah was actively involved as a caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic’s Criminal Division, regularly appearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in remand court, Indigenous Persons Court, and bail court. In addition to her work at the legal clinic, Samarah completed a practice placement at a boutique criminal defense firm in Ottawa, working on a wide variation of criminal law research issues.
Samarah gained valuable skills as an orator and negotiator in law school. She placed as a semi-finalist in the Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot Competition, on an employment contract dispute. She continued to hone her skills in negotiation as a participant in the Borden Ladner Gervais Family Law negotiation. She later used her training to negotiate with Assistant Crown Attorneys as part of her role at the legal clinic, seeking resolutions and positive outcomes for clinic clients.
Samarah maintains a strong work ethic and professionalism in all her roles. She skillfully balanced her role as a mother to two beautiful girls during law school, while maintaining Dean’s List recognitions. Samarah continues to uphold a mantra of “work hard, play hard” in her position as an Articling Student today.
Labour law continues to hold a special interest for Samarah, as meeting with members and hearing their grievances has regularly been a part of her upbringing. She takes significant pride in her father’s role as a shop steward at the linens factory he worked in for over 25 years.
Samarah joined Jewitt McLuckie & Associates as an Associate in 2022 at the completion of her articles with the firm and she is glad to be taking part in fighting the good fight.