Heather M. Jensen
Heather regularly represents union clients in labour arbitrations and before labour relations boards and courts. She also advises non-unionized employees and professionals on a variety of legal issues related to employment. She joined the firm in 2009.
Heather received a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University in 2000, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, and a Master of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2013. Her LL.M. work focused on unionization of agricultural workers in British Columbia.
Heather believes in the power of education. She has worked in term positions as an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, teaching law students about legal research and writing, trusts law, administrative law, tort law and labour and employment law. She also lectures for a variety of labour organizations and community groups.
Samantha J. Neill
Samantha joined Plaxton Jensen in 2020 with a renewed enthusiasm for the representing unions and individuals with labour, employment and human rights issues. Her litigation and alternative dispute resolution skills help clients find practical solutions. She also offers legal coaching and unbundled services to self-represented litigants in family law matters.
Samantha is originally from Wales, UK but was raised in Saskatoon. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2005, and a Bachelor of Laws in 2009, both from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009 Samantha competed alongside her teammates on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in the inaugural Canadian Mediation Advocacy Competition in Toronto. She went on to article at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in 2009, completing her articles in May 2010. Samantha was admitted as a member to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in June 2010. She completed her training as a collaborative professional and received her certification as such that same week.
After completing her articles, Samantha practiced law with a mid-sized litigation law firm in Saskatoon, where she remained for nearly a decade, successfully representing clients in family law, criminal law and civil litigation at all levels of court. In addition, Samantha was privileged to assist a number of clients through the Independent Assessment Process (“IAP”) for survivors of Indian Residential Schools. Samantha also assisted clients in the areas of Adult Guardianship and Co-Decision Making and residential real estate.
Samantha lives in Saskatoon with her American Bulldog, Ozzy and her three cats. She is an ardent advocate for the rights of persons living with exceptionalities, as well as those living with mental health and addictions issues.
Currently on personal leave from active work with the firm.
Drew S. Plaxton, Q.C.
Drew Plaxton, Q.C., transitioned to non-practicing status on March 31, 2020. He invites new or returning clients to contact other members of the firm.
Drew has practiced almost exclusively union-side labour law (provincial and federal), administrative law and related matters. His early practice consisted mainly of criminal and civil litigation. He has represented clients in matters in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. He was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1977, the Law Society of Alberta (out of province) in 1981 and admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2015.
Drew is a long time member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL-ACAMS) and sat as a provincial Vice-President for a number of terms. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Association’s national President and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights.
In 2012, Drew was inducted as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been listed as a leading practitioner in labour law in Lexpert and recognized as a Litigation Star in Saskatchewan by Benchmark Litigation. Drew was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.
Drew has lectured, presented papers and appeared on panels dealing with labour law and related issues before labour organizations as well as the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, the American National Lawyers Guild, the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, Lancaster House and the Canadian Labour Board Law Conference.