Careers & How to Apply
Careers & How to Apply
We are an established and full service firm located in the Don Mills area of Toronto. We enjoy all of the advantages and amenities of a downtown firm with a completely automated office and full technical and administrative support. Our location is an advantage to our staff who seek to avoid the hassles of working downtown. (We even have free parking.)
We pride ourselves on having a relaxed and informal atmosphere where people will enjoy their work. Most of us have been working here for a long, long time. To see pictures of some of our firm events, visit our Facebook page:
We are able to offer our employees all the challenge, opportunity, diversity and growth that they are looking for. We continue to grow so, there’s no better time to build your career at DSF. We are now among the largest employers in the Don Mills area of Toronto.
We are always looking for dedicated and talented individuals to join our growing team.
How to Apply
DSF complies with the guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada in the recruitment of articling students. The guidelines can be found at www.lsuc.on.ca. Applications are due by July 6th and interviews will be conducted during the week of August 13th.
Applications should include the following:
- cover letter
- copies of undergraduate and law school transcripts, as well as graduate transcripts if applicable
- a list of courses you are planning to take in your third year of law school
Reference letters are welcomed, but not required.
Applications and inquiries about our programs should be directed to:
Devry Smith Frank LLP
95 Barber Greene Road
Toronto, ON, M3C 3E9
You are welcome to submit your applications either through regular mail or e-mail.
Current Job Postings
Current Job Postings
LABOUR LAWYER – TORONTO
DEVRY SMITH FRANK LLP is an established, 55-lawyer firm with a broad practice base focusing on a number of areas including: business law, commercial lending, real estate, insurance defence, plaintiff personal injury, wealth management, employment law, tax law, intellectual property law, banking and commercial litigation, immigration, OMB/development law, construction litigation and wills and estates. We are seeking to add an experienced labour lawyer to our team.
The successful candidate must have at least 5+ years experience in private practice and will have handled files including matters related to management-side:
• Collective Bargaining
• Union Organizing
• Grievance Arbitration
• Strikes/ Lock-outs/ Injunctions
The ideal candidate will display exceptional communication skills, will be comfortable managing files independently and will bring with them a full or modest book of business.
This is an exceptional opportunity to work with a growing litigation group at a mid-sized Toronto firm with a collegial environment. We offer an attractive remuneration package, an automated office with full technical, administrative and peer support. Enjoy all the advantages and amenities of a downtown firm, in a relaxed, informal atmosphere from a convenient, accessible location in North York.
Please forward resume to the attention of Mimi Stellino. We thank everyone for their interest; however, only candidates that qualify will be contacted.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – TORONTO
We are currently looking for a Director of Finance to join our team.
Reporting to the Manager Partner, the successful candidate will be responsible for the accounting team handling all areas of accounting, financial reporting, cash-flow analysis, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, capital management and budget management. The candidate will also liaise with auditors, financial institutions, customers, vendors and regulatory agencies. They will support management planning and decision making by identifying, maintaining, and evaluating information and recommending actions.
The core responsibilities for this position are:
• Manage the functions of seven person accounting department: accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, trust accounting, general accounting;
• Prepare, review and analyze financial statements and activities of multi-companies;
• Prepare, review management reports, forecasts, billing reconciliations;
• Prepare, review information required for year end audits;
• Maintain, liaison with banks on general, trust and credit banking;
• Maintain, review cash flow and forecast;
• Manage the electronic billing systems of TyMetrix 360, Legal-X, Serengeti Tracker;
• Evaluate, create and update accounting policies and procedures;
• Ensure adherence to Law Society and all statutory requirements;
• Assist with ad-hoc special projects, assignments as required.
The successful candidate will not only have an eagerness to learn and take on new responsibilities but they must also have:
• CPA(CA) designation
• Minimum of 8 total years of experience;
• Minimum of 3 years industry experience;
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
• Ability to perform at a high level in a fast paced environment;
• Superior interpersonal skills needed to maintain effective working relationships with people at all levels;
• Team player with the ability to take initiative and work independently;
• High level of integrity, honesty and discretion;
• Ability to prioritize, multitask and meet deadlines;
• Proficiency in Excel, LEDES Task Based Billing systems, PCLaw, Quickbooks, CMS / Aderant Expert.
• Experience in Collection Highway, Teraview, SQL considered an asset.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package coupled with a casual and fast-paced work environment.
CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL LAWYER – BARRIE
Devry Smith Frank is looking for a corporate/commercial lawyer for its Barrie location. The successful candidate will have 7+ years of experience working on corporate, commercial and real estate files in private practice. Experience and knowledge in wills and estates would also be an asset.
Key Responsibilities of this role are:
We are looking for a candidate seeking a platform from which to build and maintain strong client relationships. You would work with senior lawyers in an environment of sharing and collaboration. We strive to offer each firm member a great challenge, competitive compensation and benefits, a positive, collegial work atmosphere and a healthy work-life balance.
CORPORATE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE/CONDO LAWYER
We are currently looking for a junior lawyer to join our growing Commercial Real Estate and Business Law practice groups. The ideal candidate will have 2 – 4 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate and Condominium Law. General Corporate/Commercial experience and/or experience in Wills and Estates would be considered an asset. The successful candidate will be involved in structuring and completing complex real estate and land development transactions on behalf of our commercial and real estate clients. The candidate must have good business instincts, excellent drafting and interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to handle files independently or as part of a team.
REAL ESTATE LAW CLERK – WHITBY
We are seeking an experienced Real Estate Law Clerk with at least 4+ years relevant experience to work from our office located in Whitby, Ontario. Proficiency with Conveyancer, Teraview, title searches, and real estate transactions would be beneficial. Candidate must be organized and detail oriented. We offer competitive salary and benefits.
SENIOR CORPORATE LAWYER
We are currently seeking an experienced corporate lawyer to join our office in North York. The successful candidate will have a growing practice and a business-oriented approach to law. By joining DSF, he or she will enjoy the benefits of established technical, administrative and peer resources critical to growing a practice. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial-minded and have 7 to 12 years of business/corporate law experience from a reputable firm or as a sole practitioner. Candidates with a knowledge of tax law as it applies to corporate transactions will be preferred.
FAMILY LAWYER – Whitby Office
We are growing again! Devry Smith Frank LLP is looking for a Family Law lawyer for our our Whitby location.
The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial approach to practising law and 3-5 years of experience drafting pleadings, separation agreements, marriage contracts, settlement conference briefs as well as excellent negotiating skills. Roots in the Durham community would be an asset. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to play a key role in the growth of the practice.
We believe in fostering an environment of sharing and collaboration by emphasizing the importance of belonging to a team and contributing to the firm through teamwork. We have an unyielding dedication to our lawyers, staff and the communities in which we practice in and we offer each firm member competitive compensation and benefits, a positive, collegial work environment and a healthy work-life balance.
Please forward your resume and academic transcripts to Mimi Stellino at email@example.com
Articling & Students
Articling & Students
We typically hire two articling students annually.
Framework of the Articling Program
As a mid-sized full service law firm, our articling students have the opportunity to be exposed to all areas of practice in the firm. Although we may utilize a rotation to give students access to a broad and comprehensive articling experience, DSF maintains an informal component to the articling program. By allowing an informal component to the program, students are able to gain greater access to areas and practices of particular interest.
The Articling Experience
Many of the lawyers at DSF have also articled here. Our firm invests a tremendous amount of resources into the articling program as we look to our students as a key component of the firm’s continued growth. We endeavour to give our articling students the independence and the ability to make decisions that impact the matters in which they are involved. Lawyers are decision makers and we want to ensure that the necessary skills are learned from the beginning.
Our articling students gain court experience, as well as meet and communicate with clients, lawyers and representatives from outside the firm on the matter in which they are involved. Some of our articling student’s responsibilities include: Weekly attendance at examinations and motions, carriage of small claims court files, and writing articles for our quarterly newsletter. They also assist on motions, pre-trials, mediations, arbitrations, trials (preparing materials, negotiating with opposing parties, and attending), and conduct research.
DSF offers a salary competitive with other mid-sized Toronto firms, and pays the tuition of the bar admission course regardless of hire-back. Salary is not paid during the bar admission course.
Summer Law Student Program
Typically, DSF hires up to four summer law students. We accept applications from first and second year law students. Consistent with our commitment to developing and retaining talent, at DSF we often first look to the existing summer students to fill future articling positions.
Summer Student Experience
The summer student experience is very similar to the articling experience. If a student demonstrates a willingness and ability to handle complex matters, as much responsibility as permitted will be given. Please review our outline of the articling experience for further details.
How to Apply
Please see the above guidelines under the how to apply section for articling.
The deadline for submitting summer student applications is November 14th. We typically conduct interviews in December and January and try our best to accommodate out of town students.