Morrison Reist Law Firm

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Melanie Reist (employment law)

Call to Bar, Ontario, 1988
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1986
B.A., Carleton, distinction in Political Science, Economics, 1983

Waterloo Law Association
The Law Society of Upper Canada


For Melanie Reist, litigation was a natural career choice. She always enjoyed a good debate and wasn’t intimidated at the prospect of standing up in public to discuss an issue.

Her employment law career began with the Toronto firm of Matthews, Dinsdale and Clark, which focuses on the management-side of labour law. From her mentor there, Norm Keith, she learned that you win cases by meticulous preparation. “His motto was that when he walked into that courtroom, he knew the facts of the case better than opposing counsel, the judge, or even his own client,” she recalls.

In 1990 she left Toronto, and joined a firm in Kitchener – Waterloo. There she met Charles Morrison, and in 1992 the two formed Morrison Reist Law Firm. Since then, she has developed a reputation for representing individuals – and discovered that she loves the work.

Melanie Reist finds it satisfying to sit down with people who are feeling vulnerable, explain their legal rights to them, provide them with financial security they didn’t think they would have, and help them get back on their feet. “I am privileged to be in a position where I can help people who need it,” she says.