Our Team

Payne Law lawyers have been retained to lead a variety of employment, human rights, and commercial litigation cases.  Our court lawyers have represented clients before various courts, boards, tribunals and appellate courts,  all dealing with various disputes including wrongful and constructive dismissal, human rights applications, Canada Labour Code proceedings, tax disputes, defamation actions, EI appeals, and complex appeal proceedings, among others.

The consistent focus of our practice is dispute resolution.  99% of our cases settle well ahead of formal hearing.  Where an acceptable settlement cannot be reached, our professionals thrive in trial and appeal settings.

Our Team


Yan David Payne, B.A.(Hons), LL.B. is a Certified Civil Litigation Specialist, as designated by the Law Society of Ontario.  He is the Senior Managing Lawyer of the Payne Law Litigation Team.  Mr. Payne articled at a highly-respected civil litigation boutique in Toronto.  He later headed the litigation division of a commercial and employment law firm in Toronto, taking on full responsibility for important cases in the years that followed.  Ultimately, Mr. Payne’s drive, work ethic and successes led colleagues and clients alike to follow him to his private practice, which was founded in 2005/2006.  He has acted as principal and mentor to articling students and to new lawyers over the years.  Mr. Payne has been retained to lead a variety of employment and litigation cases.  He has represented clients in wrongful and constructive dismissal matters, human rights, commercial disputes, defamation actions, tax matters, and complex appeal proceedings, among others.  Click for more

Hashim Syed, B.Comm, J.D., is a Commercial Litigator with 10 years of litigation experience, the majority of which he has spent as a valued member of the Payne Law Litigation Team.  He was called to the bar in both Ontario and in the U.S.  Mr. Syed earned a 3-year scholarship, and a certificate of merit for achieving the highest grade in advanced legal research.  Over the past 10 years, he has developed an extensive litigation practice before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Justice, Tax Court of Canada, in addition to US State Courts.  He has been retained to handle a broad range of employment, tax, and civil litigation matters including international and domestic disputes, conflict of laws cases, shareholder disputes, involving amounts ranging upwards of $15,000,000.00 in value.   Click for more

Karen J. Sanchez, B.A., J.D., is an experienced Civil Litigator and a strong advocate with extensive experience in employment and human rights cases.  Ms. Sanchez articled and began practicing law at a well-established and well-respected boutique firm and she became a contributing member of that practice, eventually handling a broad range of employment and commercial litigation cases.  Ms. Sanchez has experience handling court and appellate cases including court victories in Superior Court and before the highest appellate court in the Province.  She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, before various boards and tribunals (including numerous attendances at before Human Rights Tribunals and Ontario Works) and she has worked on Supreme Court of Canada appellate litigation.  Now in her 8th year of practice, she has single-handedly settled hundreds of wrongful dismissal and human rights cases.  Click for more

Megan Oxenham, B.A., is the firm’s office manager and senior litigation clerk.  No stranger to conflict resolution, Ms. Oxenham brings her Bay Street firm experience and  her background as Special Assistant to the Premier of Ontario to the Payne Law team. She has been a valued member of the team since 2006.

Janice Ly started working in the legal field in 2009.  She is an accredited law clerk having obtained her diploma from Seneca College’s Law Clerk Program. She is fluent in English and also understands Cantonese.

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Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.  The amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.  Please speak with us about the facts of your case.

Yan David Payne, B.A.(Hons) LL.B. is a Certified Civil Litigation Specialist, as designated by the Law Society of Ontario.  He is the Senior Managing Lawyer of the Payne Law Litigation Team.  Mr. Payne articled at a highly-respected civil litigation boutique in Toronto.  He later headed the litigation division of a commercial and employment law firm in Toronto, taking on full responsibility for important cases in the years that followed.

Ultimately, Mr. Payne’s drive, work ethic and successes led colleagues and clients alike to follow him to his private practice, which was founded in 2005/2006.  He has acted as principal and mentor to articling students and to new lawyers over the years.  Mr. Payne has been retained to lead a variety of employment and litigation cases.  He has represented clients in wrongful and constructive dismissal matters, human rights, commercial disputes, defamation actions, tax matters, and complex appeal proceedings, among others.

Mr. Payne has been appointed by the Superior Court of Ontario as Independent Supervising Counsel and has advised and represented a broad range of clients from individual employees to established corporations, from small and medium-sized businesses to domestic, foreign, national and international organizations, from the chief of police, top ranked athletes, university professors, the Mayor of a major Canadian City, to court officials, professional regulatory and insurance bodies, as well as other professionals including lawyers, accountants, and doctors.  He has been assigned to mediate and arbitrate a broad range of disputes including wrongful dismissal and discrimination cases.

Mr. Payne has settled hundreds of employment and human rights cases and has an outstanding trial and appeal record, including numerous widely-reported cases.  In Loyst v. Chatten’s Better Hearing Service 2012 ONSC 1653, Mr. Payne secured an impressive wrongful dismissal award for lost wages equal to a 29-month period plus a 15% ownership interest in the company for a total award of $256,902.93 (the decision was unanimously upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal, see Loyst v. Chatten’s Better Hearing Service, 2013 ONCA 781).  In the widely-reported decision Optech v. Sharma, Court File No. CB-08-362642, Mr. Payne represented an employee in an unusual $1 Million claim and summary judgement motion brought by his former employer.

Mr. Payne succeeded and obtained costs against the employer who was represented by a team of Bay Street lawyers.  In Kelland v. POI Business Interiors Inc., 2009 ONCA 67, Mr. Payne was successful before the Ontario Court of Appeal, overturning a lower Court decision in favour of a former employee, also obtaining costs of the lower court proceeding and costs of the appeal.  In Rai et al v. Finecraft Jewellery, Court File No. CV-10-412224, Mr. Payne represented two former employees and secured 22 months pay in-lieu of notice for each employee.  See excerpt from the endorsement of the Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Penny.

Please visit our Reported Cases section to review numerous other court victories secured by Mr. Payne.

Hashim Syed, B.Comm, J.D., is a Commercial Litigator with 10 years litigation experience, the majority of which he has spent as a valued member of the Payne Law Litigation Team.  Mr. Syed was called to the bar in both Ontario and in the U.S.  He earned a 3-year scholarship, and a certificate of merit for achieving the highest grade in advanced legal research. 

Over the past 10 years, he has developed an extensive litigation practice before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Justice, Tax Court of Canada, in addition to US State Courts. 

He has been retained to handle a broad range of employment, tax, and civil litigation matters including international and domestic disputes, conflict of laws cases, shareholder disputes, involving amounts ranging upwards of $15,000,000.00 in value.

He has successfully handled trials in various courts (including securing a $75,000.00 monetary award plus costs of $35,000.00 for employee before the Superior Court of Justice, despite employer having cause for termination – see Grossi v. Premier Salons Ltd., 2014 ONSC 5028), tax appeals and hearings (for example, Tax Court Judgement reversing $546,000.00 tax assessment in HST collection dispute – see formal  Judgement – February 2016, and Tax Court of Canada Judgement in Lesner v. Her Majesty the Queen: Income Tax Judgment Dated August 5, 2014 (Heard July 18, 2014)), and commercial disputes at various levels of court including Superior Court and appellate court.  Mr. Syed has successfully defended against a summary judgment motion attempt brought by a former employer and his counsel (see, for example, Lourenco v. Turner, 2018 ONSC 3252).

He is no stranger to unorthodox approaches (see, for example, Superior Court decision in Ramos v. Can-Med Pharma Inc., 2016 ONSC 5363 wherein Mr. Syed obtained an Order dismissing an Application brought by out-of-country Applicant for failure to post security for costs.  See also Divisional Court judgement quashing an unfounded appeal before it can be heard, thus saving client time and cost and obtaining full indemnity cost award of $25,337.10:  Judgement of Justice Kiteley entered Jun 2014.  

He is familiar with customs in Arabic and Japanese, conversational French, and a basic understanding of Hindi and Urdu.

Karen J. Sanchez, B.A., J.D., is an experienced Civil Litigator and a strong advocate with extensive experience in employment and human rights cases.  Ms. Sanchez articled and began practicing law at a well-established and well-respected boutique firm and she became a contributing member of that practice, eventually handling a broad range of employment and commercial litigation cases.  

Ms. Sanchez has experience handling court and appellate cases including court victories in Superior Court and before the highest appellate court in the Province.  She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, before various boards and tribunals (including numerous attendances at before Human Rights Tribunals and Ontario Works) and she has worked on Supreme Court of Canada appellate litigation.  Now in her 8th year of practice, she has an impressive record of single-handedly resolving hundreds of wrongful dismissal and human rights cases. 

Ms. Sanchez has the ability to attract media spotlight as was the case recently when she represented 10 applicants at the Human Rights Tribunal (watch Ms. Sanchez and applicants interviewed by CBC and Global News and read more about the front-page news in the Toronto Star and CBC Online) and read Decision of Human Rights Tribunal Adjudicator D. Sanderson obtained by Ms. Sanchez in favour of diverse group of applicants before the Human Rights Tribunal as well as updated March 9, 2016 Toronto Star article reporting on the win.

Ms. Sanchez is focused on delivering results in all manner of disputes including employment, human rights, commercial, estates, and tax disputes through focused negotiations, court motions, trials, and appeals.   See, for example,  General Electric Canada Real Estate Financing Holding Co. v. Liberty Assisted Living Inc., 2013 ONCA 119 where she was successful in overturning a lower court decision.  See also successful motion staying summary judgement and obtaining security for costs:  Talisman v. Kyser, 2013 ONSC 6612.  Recently, Ms. Sanchez has secured rare and extraordinary relief for firm clients including obtaining a freezing order over defendants' assets prior to the statement of claim being served, and without notice, and then extending and expanding the order on notice (see June 5, 2018 Order of the Honourable Justice McEwen).  Ms. Sanchez has also successfully argued for leave to continue an action despite the defendant filing for bankruptcy (see Order from bankruptcy court in London - June 6.18).

Her academic credentials are excellent including being on the Dean’s Honour Roll and graduating Cum Laude prior to being called to the Ontario bar.  Ms. Sanchez is also fluent in Spanish.