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TDS lawyer Scott Hoeppner's people-first approach is what places him among Lexpert Rising Stars 2022: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada.

The challenges facing employees and employers continue to multiply and evolve. Perhaps nobody is more aware of this than Scott Hoeppner, who, for the last 14 years, has practised labour and employment law at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS).

Recently, Scott was named among Lexpert Rising Stars 2022: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada. This distinction is awarded to lawyers who are identified as leaders in both their legal practice and in their communities. Scott is the only lawyer in Manitoba to receive this honour, which is a testament to his unique approach.

"Trust is a big thing," says Scott, whose practice is focused on building relationships. "Clients are coming to you with a problem, and it’s often an issue that they’ve never dealt with before. They’ve placed their trust in you. "

This responsibility is one that Scott takes seriously. It informs his people-first approach, allowing him—along with the support of TDS' impressive bench strength and firsthand knowledge—to offer practical, timely and cost-effective solutions that can be implemented quickly and simply.

Over the past 14 years, Scott has been doing just that. He has successfully built and maintained a diverse practice in the areas of labour and employment and business law.

"Scott has become an important advisor for our organization," according to True North Sports + Entertainment’s Dan Hursh, Vice President & General Counsel, and Dawn Haus, Vice President of People & Culture. "Any time we need to navigate complex employment matters, he is always quick to respond, consistently offering an excellent balance of legal expertise and a trusted, practical perspective. "

This dedication to delivering logical, effective solutions is enjoyed by all who work with him. This includes, in addition to larger corporations or commercial enterprises, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

"Scott has been key to the development and growth of our NPO, " says Kelly Holmes, Executive

Director of Resource Assistance for Youth. "His accessible, down-to-earth, style has become invaluable. We are grateful to have him as our reliable and trusted counsel. "

Going hand in hand with his professional success is his commitment to improving the health of his local community. Scott is involved with multiple organizations, including the Morden Chamber of Commerce, Morden Enrichment Corporation, Central Community Homes and more.

"It’s important to serve your community. We want to make a tangible difference in the lives of the businesses and people around us, especially those who may be undergoing difficult circumstances."

While Scott and TDS are both proud to be recognized by Lexpert for their efforts, the focus remains on growing their service offerings and reach in order to serve their clients and communities even better in the future because for Scott, helping people always comes first.

"It's not just about fixing the current problem—it's about how do we move on from here. "