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Matt Lalande

Hamilton’s Employment Lawyer and Disability Lawyer

Matt Lalande: Employment &
Disability Termination Trial Lawyer

Matt Lalande has been Litigation Termination and Disability Cases since 2003.

Matt Lalande is a Hamilton lawyer that has been serving the community and clients all over Ontario since 2003. He has tried many bench and jury trials to verdict and has conducted countless mediations over hundreds of cases. Matt comes from a family of lawyers and judges who have been practicing law as far back as 1973.

Matt’s employment and disability law practice stems from litigating cases for critically hurt victims with life changing injuries. In almost every serious injury case, victims are left with disabilities that no doubt fall below the demands for any type of regular competitive employment.  As a result many victims end up losing their jobs and/or applying for long-term disability. Now – a larger part of Matt’s litigation practice involves representing employees terminated from their jobs and claimants wrongfully denied their long term disability benefits.


Matt has recovered in excess of $10,000,000.00 in settlements for accident victims since 2003. He has also helped countless claimants recover their long-term disability benefits that have been cut-off or denied. Matt has also been representing both employees and employers in all facets of employment and termination law from contracts, severance reviews to termination litigation. Through his commitment to providing exceptional client service, Matt has been named by his peers as one of the best lawyers in Canada in 2018 through to 2021.

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Being fired is what we call the capital punishment of employment law. If you’ve been terminated, it’s vital that you have your severance package reviewed. If your ex-employer is not being fair – then we will try our best to make it right and although we always try to avoid protracted, often cripplingly expensive litigation, we will try a case that we believe in to any Judge or Jury in the Province.

Matt Lalande

Professional affiliations

Matt is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a former director with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the American Association for Justice Trial Lawyers, an avid speaker, a writer for legal and media outlets, a former member of the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital Ethics Committee, a former writer and co-chair of the litigator magazine, and a current writer for the Lawyer?s Daily and the First Reference Employment Law Website, and a contributor to the Globe and Mail?s Leadership Lab new column.

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Lalande Employment Lawyers is a Hamilton law firm that successfully represents employees, employers and disability claimants. We never represent insurance companies. Since 2003 we have specialized in wrongful dismissal terminations and representing claimants who have been wrongfully denied their disability benefits.

Matt Lalande is a disability benefit lawyer at Lalande Employment Lawyers and has nearly 20 years of experience litigating denied disability claims. Matt takes great pride in representing disabled individuals who suffer chronic physical or mental impairments that cannot work and who’s disability claims have been wrongfully denied. We understand that if you suffer from a chronic illness or injury, your ability to work is more likely than not compromised, your ability to earn income is limited or non-existent, and you are suffering from serious financial hardship.

Remember, long term disability is meant to protect you from unexpected events and entitles you to monthly benefits if you develop a significant illness or disability that leaves you unable to work and earn a living. Having a disability lawyer protecting your rights could be critical in helping you get the benefits you deserve. If you’ve been denied your benefits Matt Lalande is an experienced disability lawyer that can help.

Speaking and writing engagements

As well as being one of Hamilton’s top personal injury lawyers, Matt Lalande has also volunteered his time and has written and spoken on various personal injury law and employment issues approximately 75 times. Some (but not all) of Matt’s articles and speaking engagements are as follows:

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  • Writer, In a Merger there’s no Guarantee of Permanent Employment- Globe and Mail, May 2019.
  • Writer, Can an employee be terminated while on Disability? Globe and Mail, December 2018.
  • Law and Technology – What Clients want to see in a Website – American Bar Association, Law Technology Today, February 2019.
  • Speaker, Putting Science into Friction. Hamilton Annual Advocacy Conference. December 6th 2018
  • Writer, Can your employer terminate you while you are collecting long-term disability benefits? Globe and Mail Leadership Lab –  December 2018
  • Writer, How and When to Apply for Long Term Disability benefits. Globe and Mail Leadership Lab – September 6th 2018
  • Presenter – Mental Illness and Total Disability – proving the invisible injury – Lunch and Learn at the Carolina Medical Group – May 9th 2019
  • Writer, Can you Audio Record your Doctor at an IME? Lawyer’s Daily, April 2018
  • Writer, Undue Hardship vs Frustration of Contracts – A review of the Court of Appeal Decision Nason v. Thunder Bay Orthopedic Inc. 2017 ONCA 641
  • Writer, 5 Things that Injury Lawyers Should Know About Employment Law – Lawyer’s Daily, August 2017
  • Writer, Slip and Fall Technology –  Putting More Science into Friction – The Lawyer?s Daily, July 15th 2007
  • Writer, Personal Injury and Engineering Standards – ANSI, NFSI, ASTM, COF, SBR?what does this all mean and why should you be aware of American Standards when Litigating in Canada – Lawyer’s Daily, July 2017
  • Presenter, Cross-Examination: The Best Techniques – Hamilton Law Association Annual 16th Annual Advocacy Conference, December 2016
  • Presenter, When Your Patient Leaves Your Care – Orthopedic Surgeon Educational Rounds Dinner, July 2016
  • Co-Chair, The Modern Law Clerk – Canadian Defence Lawyers, March 2016

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