What my clients say

"Based on my own past experience with your firm, I always held the highest regards and respect for Nelligan Law."

Brent
Marks

Brent Marks is an associate lawyer at Nelligan Law in our Labour and Employment practice groups.

Brent is passionate about safeguarding the interests of people from all walks of life, while fighting injustice and discrimination in the workplace and beyond. Brent advises labour unions and employees on labour and employment, administrative, constitutional, and human rights law.

Brent draws upon his diverse international experience to be a versatile and adaptable advocate for his clients. Before private practice with Nelligan, Brent worked as in-house counsel with a Berlin tech start-up and with a non-profit legal clinic. He also advocated for refugee claimants as a legal consultant with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Africa, as an Alumni Fellow with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program.  He articled with a Toronto union-side labour firm.

Brent completed a Master of Laws at the University of Toronto where he focused on public sector labour law and the intersection of technology, law, and society. While studying in Toronto he volunteered with Downtown Legal Services and represented students accused of academic misconduct. He holds a law degree from the University of Sussex where he was an avid and successful moot participant and a volunteer with Street Law, a student-led clinical law project.

Brent is originally from Toronto and has lived a nomadic life with stints in Berlin, Johannesburg, and most recently in Nairobi, with his wife and son, in support of her career with an international organization. Before becoming a lawyer, Brent was a musician and toured the globe playing the bass. He loves hunting for new music and old records, enjoys running, and a good book with a better coffee.

Education
  • Call to the Ontario Bar (2018)
  • LL.M – University of Toronto (2016)
  • LL.B – University of Sussex (2015)
  • Bachelor of Science – University of Guelph
Professional Activities and Organizations
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association

Authored Posts

Employment Law for Employees
Blog
Reading time: 3 mins
Temporary layoffs can Becomes Constructive Dismissals: Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre Ltd.
Last month, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued one of the first decisions interpreting a new emergency leave provision[...]

Practice Groups

Have Questions?

Related Posts

Employment Law for Employees
Blog
Reading time: 2 mins
Employees’ “right to disconnect” is here
On November 30, 2021, the Ontario legislature passed Bill 27, the Working for Workers Act, 2021. One of the most[...]
Employment Law for Employees
Blog
Reading time: < 1 mins
Ability to Pay and its Impact on Reasonable Notice Awards
One of the most common questions our Employment Law Group hears is the following: Is this termination package fair? There[...]
Employment Law for Employees
Blog
Reading time: 3 mins
Top 5 Reasons Not to Sign your Severance Package Without Obtaining Legal Advice
You have just been called into a meeting with your boss and told that your employer is terminating your employment.[...]