Melanie A. Polowin
Melanie A. Polowin
Partner at Gowling WLG
(613) 786-0244
(613) 788-3462
160 Elgin St, Suite 2600, Ottawa, ON
Year called to bar: 1993
Melanie Polowin is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. Since 1993, Melanie has advised 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, investors, and new entrants into the Canadian market to understand and manage the employment aspects of corporate life-cycle events, including 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, compensation plans, 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 in The Best Lawyers in Canada as Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Ottawa. She was named an Acritas Star in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
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