James Heeney – Partner

Our organization has worked with the firm on a number of complex workplace issues over the last several years.   We have found James and Sarah to be exceptionally responsive to our needs and willing to learn the nuances of our business, which gives us an advantage in such matters. We’ve used other legal counsel in the past, and what sets James and Sarah apart from the pack is how they approach matters with a common-sense strategy, meticulously prepare, and are able to explain complex legal terms in layman’s terms. As a growing legal practice, they are flexible, responsive and energetic – which is very refreshing in the legal industry. I would strongly recommend anyone at the firm for both corporate and personal workplace challenges, and have been very pleased with their track record as business partners.

Adrian Travis, Principal, Trindent Consulting

James Heeney has acted on behalf of Transamerica for several years regarding its employment matters. James provides excellent advice, service, gets back to us same day and has become an extension of our organization. We have the utmost confidence and trust in his legal abilities and would highly recommend James to any client.

George Kralidis, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources, Transamerica Life & Protection

After interviewing several law firms, it was refreshing to meet with James Heeney.   I had been referred to James specifically by another lawyer and found him to be most qualified, most compassionate and so well informed on a very finite area of employment law.

My first meeting with James proved he came prepared: he was well informed of my particular industry and the ramifications of how my situation could be addressed promptly within the week. He had thoroughly explained a clear go forward plan that was candid and prepared me for a process that is never easy and at times can be vastly difficult on a personal level.   Consequently, I must say it was appreciated that James’ tenacious efforts provided continuous and meticulous expert advice through all developments we had to endure. James was immensely professional, honest, supportive and efficient at bringing my case to a successful resolution. I would without hesitation give James Heeney my highest endorsement to anyone who has an employment law issue. Be confident you are in good hands.

Trish Doyle

About James Heeney


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Toronto Employment Lawyer James Heeney is a partner at Heeney Vokey LLP. He provides advice to both employers and employees on all areas of employment law. James is driven to create a firm that focuses on integrity and attention to detail but which also provides advice which is cost effective and timely. He works diligently to ensure his clients make strategic and educated long term decisions.

His employer side practice focuses on providing strategic daily advice and litigation support. He assists clients with employment agreements, policy manuals, terminations and human rights issues. James also has significant experience advising clients on drafting and litigating breaches of restrictive covenants.

In respect of the employee side of his practice, James routinely advises clients on issues relating to executive compensation, employment contracts, terminations and human rights.

James is an experienced workplace investigator having performed investigations in respect of all areas of employment law. James has experience performing complex investigations in both the unionized and non-unionized workplaces in which there is a need for both thorough and timely reporting.

Before founding Heeney Vokey LLP, James gained valuable experience practicing at a large national firm as well as a boutique employment law firm. James graduated from Queen’s University, and was called to the bar in 2004. Upon graduating from Queen’s James was awarded the prize for overall academic achievement, as well as the Law Society’s Award of Excellence. James was named by the Canadian HR Reporter, a national employment law magazine, as a leading employment lawyer in Toronto.

James has significant experience performing speaking engagements, seminars and writing articles. James has spoken on all areas of employment law and workplace investigations on behalf of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Federated Press and the Learning Forum amongst others. He has gained a successful reputation and has proven his skills in creating and facilitating employment law seminars in an understanding and comprehensive format which has resulted in invitations to speak at several organizations annual conferences.

James has written numerous articles for several employment law forums and has published articles with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which may be found at cbcnews.ca with respect to the area of employment law.

Contact James at: 416-646-5169 or jheeney@heeneyvokey.com