Clio Godkewitsch helps individuals and groups of employees and retirees in disputes over their compensation, including pension and other employee benefits. Whether through skillful negotiation or uncompromising litigation, Clio’s aim is to get the best possible outcome for the people she represents.
Pension and benefit plan administrators retain Clio to provide practical advice concerning benefit entitlements and communications with plan members. Clio helps them make sure they are providing high quality pensions and benefits to members, and meeting their legal obligations.
Among many other types of cases, Clio has helped to establish employee life and health trusts in Ontario’s education sector. She has advocated, on behalf of individuals, entitlement to joint and survivor pensions where entitlement had been denied by pension plan administrators. When discount retailer, Target Canada, filed for creditor protection, Clio represented over 15,000 former employees in the wind-down of its operations across Canada. She also acted as co-counsel on behalf of pension plan members in a national class action involving the distribution of pension surplus arising out of a partial plan wind up in Ontario to employees, partial wind up members and retirees.
In addition to her pension and benefits work, Clio advises individuals in employment matters, and represents non-unionized employees in wrongful termination claims. She has negotiated dozens of successful settlements which provided the compensation to which those employees were entitled, enabling them to move on with their lives.
Clio is a frequent contributor to various legal publications, and edited a leading pension and employee benefits publication for over 10 years. She is recognized as a leading practitioner in employee benefits law in Best Lawyers. She is a regular speaker at legal conferences and client seminars, and enjoys drinking strong coffee while doing the weekend crossword.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Clio was called to the Ontario bar in 2002. She is a member of the Pension Section executive of the Ontario Bar Association, and a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute and the International Foundation.