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
COURT REPORTER – BARRIE
Newly established court reporting office located in Barrie searching for a part time certified Court Reporter.
The ideal candidates will be professional, personable and punctual, will be familiar with legal terminology, will have excellent listening and comprehension skills and will take pride in their work.
Experience in producing certified court transcripts and experience using digital recording equipment is a must.
FAMILY LAWYER – BARRIE
Devry Smith Frank LLP is an established, full-service, law firm with over 50 lawyers with offices in Toronto, Whitby and Barrie.
We are seeking to add an experienced family law lawyer to our legal team in our Barrie location. As the ideal candidate, you have strong professional and academic credentials and 4+ years of experience in family law gained with a reputable firm. You also possess excellent communication and networking skills. Some portion of your own practice would be an asset but is not essential.
This is an exceptional opportunity to work within a growing family law group at an entrepreneurial 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 in a relaxed, informal atmosphere from our convenient downtown Barrie location.
TAX LAWYER – TORONTO
Devry Smith Frank LLP is an established, full-service, law firm with over 50 lawyers. The firm has a broad-based practice which includes: corporate/commercial, commercial and bank lending, commercial litigation, bankruptcy/insolvency, condominium law, family law, wills/estates, personal injury, commercial and residential real estate, tax, immigration and planning and development.
We are currently looking for a tax lawyer to complement our wills/estates and corporate teams. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in tax law, with a focus on estate planning, trust arrangements and corporate restructurings, and will have a partial or fully portable practice. Experience with cross-border taxation issues is a plus, but is not required.
We are conveniently located in North York and provide all the advantages and amenities of a downtown firm in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. We offer an attractive remuneration package and an automated office with the full technical, administrative and peer support necessary to work on complex and challenging files.
LABOUR LAWYER – TORONTO
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
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.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT LAWYER – TORONTO
Devry Smith Frank LLP is an established law firm with over 50 lawyers. The firm has a broad-based practice which includes: commercial litigation, bankruptcy/insolvency, family law, criminal law, wills/estates, corporate/commercial, commercial lending, personal injury, commercial and residential real estate, tax litigation, immigration, and planning and development litigation.
As the firm grows with its clients’ expanding needs, we are seeking to add an experienced planning and development lawyer to join our collegial team in North York. The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of municipal and planning law, including land use litigation, expropriation, environmental and constitutional matters including appearances before various courts and administrative tribunals, in particular the OMB. Applicants must have excellent advocacy, interpersonal and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have at least 7 years of related legal experience, preferably gained at a municipality or with a firm representing municipalities. A portable or growing practice is preferred, but is not essential.
We offer an attractive remuneration package and 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 and accessible location in North York.
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LAWYER – TORONTO
To work within our commercial real estate, development and lending groups. The successful candidate will be involved in, commercial transactions, commercial real estate purchases and sales, mortgage lending and assignment work. Candidates should have 5+ years experience in commercial real estate law. Experience in condominium, and development law would be an asset, but is not required. The position will enable the successful candidate to play a key role in the growth of the practice.
SENIOR CORPORATE LAWYER – TORONTO
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.
For all applications, please forward your resume and academic transcripts to Mimi Stellino by fax to 416-449-7071 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.