What Denise enjoys most about employment law is connecting with clients on a personal level, and helping them navigate what can often be a stressful and challenging time in their lives.

Denise Deschênes is an associate lawyer who focuses on a variety of workplace issues including human rights issues, unjust dismissal, negotiation of employment contracts, and workplace investigations.

Her approach is empathetic, ensuring the sometimes overwhelming legal details of a case are clearly understood and accessible to her clients. After meeting with a client, Denise aims to develop a road map explaining what is happening in a case, and what the next steps are. She clearly explains all possible options, and ensures her client’s voice is heard.

Denise is fluently bilingual and can represent her clients in both English and French. She has also appeared before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Small Claims Court.

Originally from a small town in Northern Ontario, Denise studied Social Work at Western University and worked as a social worker with Children’s Aid Society before pursuing a career in law. She obtained her law degree at the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 2019.

Outside of the office, Denise plays the violin in an orchestra. She’s also a total foodie, loves the outdoors, and travels any chance she gets.

Education

  • >Call to Ontario Bar (2019)
  • >J.D, l’Université d’Ottawa (2018)
  • >B. A., Honours (Social Work) Western University (2014)

Public Organizations

  • >County of Carleton Law Association
  • >Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario