ADMISSIONS & AFFILIATIONS
- Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2017
- Law Society of Ontario
- Canadian Bar Association
- Advocates’ Society
- Iranian Canadian Legal Professionals
- Ontario Bar Association – Young Lawyers’ Division Executive (2018-Present)
- Ontario Bar Association – Labour and Employment Executive (2018-Present)
- B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2016
- Hon. B.Sc. (summa cum laude), York University, 2012
Behzad is an Associate at Israel Foulon and obtained his common law and civil law degrees from McGill University’s bilingual Faculty of Law. He has practiced employment law since his call to the Ontario Bar in 2017.
Behzad provides both employees and employers with exceptional and cost-effective service regarding a wide range of human resources-related issues, including wrongful dismissals, terminations and severance packages, employment standards, human rights and accommodation, employment agreements, workplace policies and procedures, and occupational health and safety. Behzad also has experience conducting impartial and timely third-party workplace investigations.
Behzad has appeared at the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, and Small Claims Court. He has also represented clients in proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (Employment Standards Branch), and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
Prior to joining Israel Foulon, Behzad clerked for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Behzad also previously worked as a summer student at Canada’s largest full-service law firm, as well as at a legal publishing company specializing in labour, employment, and human rights law.
During law school, Behzad was actively involved in the Faculty of Law and the greater community. He was a member of the 2015 Wilson Moot team that placed second overall nationally, served on the McGill Law Students’ Association, and volunteered with the McGill Legal Information and Barbra Schlifer Commemorative clinics.
Behzad speaks English, French, and Farsi. He is an avid traveler and enjoys cycling, playing volleyball, and being outdoors.
SELECTED PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS
Co-author, “Constructive Dismissal: Recent Case Law”, Law Society of Ontario’s Six Minute Employment Lawyer Seminar (2019)
Author, “Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2019)
Author, “Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms the 24-Month Cap for Common Law Reasonable Notice Periods Absent Exceptional Circumstances”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2019)
Author, “Canada Labour Code Changes Now Imminent”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2019)
Author, “ESA Poster and Overtime Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2019)
Author, “Israel Foulon LLP’s Annual Employment Law Update Breakfast Seminar Materials”, Rosedale Golf Club (2019)
Co-editor, “Termination of Employment” text, Emond Publishing’s Employment Law Series (2018)
Author, “Making Ontario Open for Business Act and Pay Transparency Act”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2018)
Author, “Police Record Checks Reform Act”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2018)
Author, “Changes to Ontario Workplace Legislation”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2018)
Author, “Employer Obligations on Election Day”, Israel Foulon LLP E-Bulletin (2018)
Author, “Israel Foulon LLP’s Annual Employment Law Update Breakfast Seminar Materials”, Rosedale Golf Club (2018)
SELECTED REPORTED DECISIONS