HMS Law Professional Corporation ("HMS Law") primarily focusses on legal matters relating to the workplace including employment contracts; workplace policies; wrongful dismissal claims; labour grievances; human rights claims; workers compensation issues; workplace privacy; and other employment matters.
HMS Law acts for both employers and employees, in the absence of any conflicts. HMS Law also assists clients with civil litigation matters; insurance issues (property only); and general legal advice.
Marina Schellenberg is the founder of HMS Law.
Marina Schellenberg, JD
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At HMS Law, Marina is able to apply the benefits of having worked for large law firms and organizations without the big firm costs.
Marina is an experienced and dedicated legal professional and practices in all areas of labour and employment law; acting for a wide variety of union and non-union clients. As counsel, she has experience advising and representing clients in a range of workplace matters including:
labour arbitration hearings
wrongful dismissal actions
employment litigation matters
human Rights complaints
drug and alcohol policies
workplace insurance issues
disciplinary investigations and proceedings
Marina also has experience with employers and employees working in a variety of non-unionized and unionized industries such as:
health care providers
professional medical associations and colleges
organizations with multiple bargaining units
Prior to attending law school, Marina began her career in human resources and later worked as a registered insurance broker in Ontario. Her wealth of experience allows her to provide clients with straightforward and practical legal advice, in a timely and efficient manner. She has experience working for both Bay Street law firms and with Alberta's largest employer. She was hired as a first-year summer student and then articled with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (NRF), a top-tier leading national/ international law firm. NRF then hired her on to practice as an associate where she worked in both the litigation group and the employment & labour group. At NRF, she developed the required skills and knowledge necessary to represent a wide variety of corporate clients, including fortune 100 companies.
Marina then moved on to join the Labour & Employment team at Alberta Health Services (AHS), Alberta's largest employer (over 120,000 employees), as in-house Labour Counsel. At AHS, she was responsible for advising senior management, Labour Relations, and Human Resources professionals on a wide variety of policy and legal issues affecting the organization. During her time at AHS, Marina was lead counsel in a precedent-setting proceeding before the Alberta Labour Relations Board, addressing new legislative changes to marshalling procedures under the Alberta Labour Relations Code. As part of her day-to-day responsibilities, Marina also managed numerous files that involved a multitude of employment issues including: wrongful dismissal claims; labour arbitration grievances; privacy issues; and, human rights claims.
Upon moving to Ontario, Marina joined another leading national law firm, Gowling WLG LLP, in their Employment, Labour & Equities group. In 2019, Marina realized her dream of opening her own practice and founded HMS Law.
Marina also remains licensed to practice in Alberta, for the convenience of her clients. In order to better serve the legal community and her clients, Marina remains actively involved as a member of key organizations such as the CBA, OBA, HRPA, and CACE (see below for details).
Recent Publications and Presentations
Upcoming: HRPA Legal Panel; November 7, 2019 (Moderator)
Introduction to Workplace Safety and Harassment Law and Investigations Seminar (OBA); September 12, 2019 (Co-Chair)
The Duty to Accommodate and Related Legal and HR Issues; May, 2019 (Co-Author/Presenter)
Incentive Programs: What Employers Need to Know; April, 2019 (Co-Author/Presenter)
Introduction to HR; Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; August, 2018 (Presenter)
Employment Law; C4E Enterprise Catalyst Legal Workshop, Conestoga College; June, 2018 (Presenter)
#MeToo – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace; Hamilton Employment and Labour Law Seminar; May, 2018 (Presenter and Panelist)
Privacy and Privilege; Canadian Bar Association, Privacy & Access Law (South Section); January, 2018 (Author/Presenter/Panelist)
Settlement: A Legal Perspective; Alberta Health Services Human Resources and Labour Relations presentation series; October, 2017 (Author/Presenter)
Active Memberships and Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), 2019-2020
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Board Member (Hamilton Branch), 2019-2020
Ontario Bar Association, Labour and Employment Law Section Executive - Public Affairs Liaison, 2019-2020
Ontario Bar Association, Workers Compensation Section Executive – Public Affairs Liaison, 2019-2020
Canadian Bar Association, National Labour and Employment Law Section Executive – Member-at-Large, 2019-2020