Melanie A. Polowin

Gowling WLG

160 Elgin St, Suite 2600
Ottawa, ON K1P 1C3
Phone: (613) 786-0244
Fax: (613) 788-3462

Melanie Polowin is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. Melanie advises a broad range of private sector Canadian and international employers of all stages and sizes on every phase of the employment relationship, from recruitment through termination, start-up to wind-down. Her focus is on providing pragmatic, real-world advice and solutions to employers. She assists buyers, sellers, and investors to understand and manage the employment aspects of corporate life cycle events, in connection with new entrants into the Canadian market via financings, mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs. She also works closely with clients to implement meaningful proprietary interest and non-competition protections and to develop effective customized templates, contracts, policies, and risk-reduction protocols. Melanie is a skilled strategist and negotiator with extensive experience in accommodation and termination planning and implementation, and managing and resolving employment disputes. She has been repeatedly recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada and in 2015, she was recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as "Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law - Ottawa."She was named an “Acritas Star” in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Year Called to the Bar:1993
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