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Employment & Labour — Ontario


Fasken - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ralph Nero, Brian Burkett and Douglas Gilbert
- 27 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected employment and labour team which operates on both a provincial and federal level. Has established a deep practice able to service high-profile national clients including private corporations and government entities. Active across a range of sectors, including transportation, telecoms and banking, the firm often assists clients with international labour issues.

Strengths Clients say: "They do impeccable research; they do things quickly and very well." Sources also praise the team's intelligence and describe the lawyers as "a pleasure to work with."

Clients also remark upon the team's "broad knowledge and experience of employment law in Canada, and understanding of the way the law develops."

Work highlights Advised the Canadian Employers Council (CEC) on a range of employment issues arising from the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights and other international agreements.

Represented Rogers Communications, and related entities, in a variety of wrongful termination and discrimination cases, as well as providing guidance in respect of several labour union contract issues.

Significant clients Air Canada, Canada Post, Aviva Canada, Ontario School Boards Practice, NBCUniversal.

Notable practitioners

Peers attest to Brian Burkett's very strong reputation in this field, while one particularly impressed client describes him as "the most articulate guy I've ever seen." Sources also praise the comprehensive level of guidance he is able to offer, stating: "We value his work as a strategic adviser." He handles high-profile cases for major national employers, acting for companies from sectors such as telecoms, transportation and healthcare.

Douglas Gilbert is widely regarded as "one of the pre-eminent employment lawyers in Canada," with one source going on to note: "The depth of his knowledge and his ability to assess facts and legal issues and come up with a very simple action plan or answer is breathtaking." He is noted for his experience advising on an assortment of employment and labour issues, as well as for his particular expertise in collective bargaining negotiations.

Brian Smeenk is appreciated for his considerable expertise around labour relations issues in the healthcare sector. More broadly, he represents both public and private sector employers in labour-related arbitrations, civil actions and provides counsel on workplace human rights issues.

Karen Sargeant has a sizeable employment and labour practice, assisting clients with wrongful dismissal cases, employment contracts, and matters arising from workplace health and safety and pay equity issues. One source says: "She is dedicated and provides quick and practical advice."

About the Team (content provided by Fasken)

Keeping good employees happily motivated and engaged is an ongoing challenge for employers. Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment & Human Rights group provides proven legal advice to help you maintain an efficient workplace and focus on achieving your broader business objectives.

Home to one of Canada’s largest national practices, we have offices in each of the major cities across Canada. We also have a growing international practice with employment specialists in London (UK) and Johannesburg supported by a network of contacts around the world. We have a long history of representing employers in all aspects of labour and employment law, including offering strategic and tactical advice.

We have a solid track record of successfully representing our clients before arbitration boards, provincial and federal labour boards, various other administrative tribunals and all levels of Court in each of the provinces and countries in which we operate. But in many situations we are able to defuse tensions by providing practical, innovative business solutions and timely advice.

Our Clients
We advise and represent employers from all facets of industry and government.



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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Paul Young
- 28 partners
- 14 other lawyers

What the team is known for Large employment and labour law boutique which enjoys a stellar reputation in the Ontario market. Handles high-profile work throughout the province, acting for a diverse client base ranging from SMEs to large multinational corporations. Notable expertise in collective bargaining, labour arbitration, wrongful dismissal cases and human rights issues.

Strengths One client commends the team for its "depth of knowledge and expertise," and notes: "The firm has proven to be exceptional in numerous areas, especially litigation and strategic matters. All the lawyers I have worked with bring considerable flexibility, including billing flexibility, to the table."

Other sources add that "the advice is top-notch and given within a short timeline. Expectations are always met or exceeded, and they offer a fantastic, high-quality service. We believe this firm to be the best, which is why we use only them."

Notable practitioners

James Knight is described by market commentators as "a standout lawyer: he's an exceptional, practical and sharp guy." He is widely thought of as a leader of Ontario's employment and labour market and has extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of employment disputes. His broad practice covers issues such as workplace human rights, collective bargaining and occupational health and safety.

Robert Bayne is acclaimed by one client as "a master tactician" who is "almost incapable of losing a case." Another satisfied client adds that "he's available at any time," describing him as "a top labour lawyer in Canada." He is particularly noted for his labour relations advice.

Name partner and senior statesman Roy Filion QC continues to be lauded by sources, who state that "he's very good at really thinking issues through very carefully and from all angles." He is exceptionally well regarded by both peers and clients, with his considerable experience spanning employment and labour disputes of all varieties.

About the Team (content provided by Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP)

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stephen Shamie
- 71 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for First-rate employment and labour boutique recognised for its considerable breadth and depth of practice. Assists employers across Ontario with a multitude of issues, including strikes and lockouts, as well as a range of collective bargaining matters. Offers counsel to both public and private sector clients on provincial and federal mandates. The firm has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, London and Waterloo.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's ability "to provide practical advice," and note that its lawyers "take the time to appreciate our business - it's not just about the black and white of the law." Additionally, the team is described as "very personable, direct and forthright."

Clients describe the team as "very talented - they always go above and beyond to support our legal needs." Sources add: "They are very responsive and will make themselves available on short notice."

Significant clients TD Bank, CIBC, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, Canadian Football League.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators describe managing partner Stephen Shamie as "a very bright and very capable lawyer," as well as someone who "sets a fine example" to others within this field. Highly regarded by peers and clients alike, he regularly advises public and private sector employers from industries such as sports, financial services, manufacturing and retail. He is recognised for his knowledge of complex labour relations work, as well as employment and labour issues relating to M&A.

Clients praise Henry Dinsdale as "an incredible labour lawyer with an impressive knowledge of the law." Commentators emphasise his exceptional knowledge of labour relations law in particular. His other areas of expertise within the practice area include collective bargaining and union certification matters.

About the Team (content provided by Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP)

Labour Relations

Hicks Morley provides strategic labour relations advice, service and representation across all industry sectors, on diverse matters such as: union organising drives, jurisdictional disputes, union certification, unfair labour practice allegations, sale of business, bad faith bargaining complaints, strikes and lockouts, conciliation, picketing, related employer applications and public sector restructuring. With extensive experience in collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors, lawyers regularly advise on collective bargaining strategy, collective agreement proposals, and act as spokespersons at the bargaining table. Lawyers also represent employers throughout the grievance and arbitration process.


Employment

Hicks Morley provides a full range of employment law services for employers, including: managing workplace change, avoiding constructive dismissal issues, structuring employment contracts, and representation during post-employment litigation, including wrongful dismissal and wrongful competition. Lawyers provide strategic advice and assistance to employers on diverse human resources matters: purchase and sale of business, workforce restructuring, integration or harmonisation, employment policies and procedures, workplace investigations, recruitment and retention practices and procedures, drug testing, criminal background checks, conflict resolution, and restrictive covenants, and compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Richard Charney, John Mastoras and Karen Jensen
- 13 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-notch employment and labour team combining its strengths in Ontario with a solid national practice. Often represents federally and provincially regulated employers in large-scale contentious matters, including judicial review cases, labour relations board representations and defence of union certification attempts, as well as advising on human rights issues and non-compete agreements. Favoured by clients from the construction, infrastructure and energy industries, among others.

Strengths Sources say: "They really get to know the client and the client's operation - it puts them in a great place for negotiations."

Other interviewees praise the team's responsiveness, and note that "they always put their clients' needs first." The team's performance prompts one client to enthuse: "They're the absolute best! They exceed my expectations."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Maritime Employers Association in proceedings before the Canada Industrial Relations Board relating to an application by the Longshoremen's Association for union certification in the Port of Toronto.

Represented the Ontario Concrete & Drain Contractors Association in its collective bargaining negotiation, and subsequent mandatory interest arbitration, with a notable labour union.

Significant clients Royal Bank of Canada, Vice Media, Lafarge, Canadian National Railway, St. Marys Cement.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Richard Charney as "excellent at knowing the details; he has a strong team, is thorough, diligent, responsive and gives good advice." Others laud him as an "exceptional individual." He is highly respected by both peers and clients, and often called upon to handle sensitive, high-value matters for a diverse array of national and international employers. His areas of expertise include labour relations, collective bargaining and workplace health and safety.

About the Team (content provided by Norton Rose Fulbright)

Our Employment and Labour team represents employers in both private and public sectors across Canada. The team is based in six key Canadian markets including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.

The team regularly advises on both provincial matters as well as leading cases at the federal level. We also act for major players in the federal sphere, large energy companies, universities, infrastructure organizations and pharma companies.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: André Royer, Rob Weir and Dan Palayew
- 9 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust practice recognised for its strong national footprint. Its Ontario team advises on a range of employment and labour mandates, including litigation and arbitration and employment and labour issues arising from major M&A transactions. Possesses notable experience representing employers in the healthcare, education, retail and construction sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's pragmatism, stating: "They have a real focus on understanding our business and what we need from them; they focus on practical results."

Further sources add: "They are able to support all of our legal needs across the country with the same level of consistent quality."

Work highlights Acted for the City of Ottawa on an arbitration against the Ottawa-Carleton Public Employees' Union relating to the dismissal of a former employee.

Continues to assist Aon with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment-related matters.

Significant clients Canadian Mental Health Association, Zurich Canada, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Catholic District School Board, EMC Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Certosimo works on a wide range of employment-related disputes, with considerable expertise in workplace human rights issues and wrongful dismissal cases. One client enthused: "He understands how I want to work and accommodates that; he understands the philosophy of our organisation."

Toronto managing partner Brian Mulroney is described by clients as "very experienced and extremely knowledgeable," and an adviser who "always has the organisation's best interest in mind." He also receives praise for the clarity of his advice and for his considerable experience with regards to labour arbitrations and wrongful dismissal litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)

Our L&E Group offers a full range of services to our clients in employment matters, labour relations, human rights, occupational health and safety, privacy, pensions and benefits, and immigration.


We have extensive expertise in:
• Human resources, including drafting and litigating employment contracts, restrictive covenants, compensation, severance and stock option agreements, human rights/accommodation, attendance management, employment policy manuals, health and safety standards, health and welfare plans, pension and benefits and business immigration.
• Conducting training and investigations, including in the areas of harassment, human rights or fraud allegations.
• Labour relations advice and litigation services, including defending unionization claims, collective bargaining representation, unfair labour practice and bad-faith bargaining complaints, strikes, lockouts and picketing injunctions, successorships, common employer applications, grievances and arbitration.
• Litigating cases at all levels of Court in the areas of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, just cause dismissal and other civil litigation, as well as litigating before administrative tribunals such as human rights tribunals, labour relations boards, employment standards adjudicators, workers compensation boards, pay equity tribunals and occupational health and safety adjudicators.
• Advising on and litigating cases resulting from mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing transactions, relocations and closures.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sunil Kapur
- 8 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice noted for its capabilities in Ontario and nationally. The firm is particularly noted for its strengths in employment and labour issues relating to transactional work and is experienced servicing clients from both the public and private sectors. The team also advises on a range of other matters including restrictive covenants, employment and labour disputes, collective agreement negotiations and compliance issues.

Strengths Clients laud the team as "very knowledgeable, helpful and experienced," and note that "its service is excellent."

Further clients add: "They're phenomenal, they have a very strong team who are at the forefront of employment and labour work."

Work highlights Acted for the Ontario government on its CAD1 billion collective bargaining negotiations with the Ontario Provincial Police Officers union.

Advised The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation on a range of labour and employment matters, including pension issues and matters arising from its ongoing modernisation plan. The team also represented OLG in its negotiations for multiple collective agreements.

Significant clients York University, Kellogg Canada, PepsiCo Beverages, BMW Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Sources praise Sunil Kapur as "a great lawyer who is very smart and has the ability to effectively communicate complex issues." Others add: "He's excellent - one of the best lawyers in Ontario." He often works on employment and labour matters relating to corporate transactions and has noted expertise in collective bargaining.

Tim Lawson is described by clients as "an incredible lawyer: he has a great depth of knowledge and he knows how to deal with the law while understanding the practical reality of the situation." He advises a range of employers on such employment and labour issues as workplace human rights and wrongful dismissal claims.

Since publication, Paul Boniferro has left the practice to enter public service as Deputy Attorney General of the Province of Ontario.

About the Team (content provided by McCarthy Tétrault LLP)

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jason Hanson
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a range of regional, national and international clients from various sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail and finance. Regularly assists employers with workplace investigations, severance and compensation arrangements and employment-related litigation. Noted for its expertise in employment and labour issues stemming from corporate transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "Between the lawyers in the firm and their relationships outside the province, we are able to rely on them for assistance in all jurisdictions when required."

Other clients praise the team's "pragmatic approach," observing that lawyers "spend time understanding our business and work with us to manage efficiency."

Work highlights Assisted Uniqlo with the employment-related aspects of its Canadian market entry.

Advised ITW Canada on a range of employment and labour matters, including its employee compensation severance arrangements.

Significant clients Target, Toronto East Health Network, Canada Bread Company, Constellation Brands Canada, Foot Locker.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate that Jason Hanson is "always thinking about how to solve our problems." An impressed source adds: "I know he's got my back, and I don't think I could ask for a better partner." He regularly works on behalf of corporate employers and is well versed in executive compensation, collective bargaining, workplace investigations and a range of other employment and labour-related issues. He chairs the firm's national employment and labour group.

Allan Wells is said by interviewees to be "very knowledgeable on Canadian employment law." Sources also note that he "handles all matters very efficiently and always responds promptly," and describe him as a "very strategic thinker." His broad practice spans a range of issues, such as workplace health and safety, wrongful dismissals, executive compensation and workplace investigations.

Clients appreciate rising star Sven Poysa's "expertise and intimate knowledge of labour and employment law," describing him as someone with "a very keen awareness of the complexity of things." He also receives high praise for his sense of strategy. He advises both national and international companies on terminations and workplace human rights issues, as well as employment issues arising from M&A transactions.

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Baker McKenzie - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: George Avraam
- 7 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leverages a strong international footprint to act on behalf of a range of public and private sector clients. Advises employers from the education and retail sectors on a diverse array of employment and labour issues, such as administrative law, human rights standards and compliance matters. Offers strategic advice on both union and non-union matters.

Strengths Sources say: "We're extremely satisfied, both with respect to their comprehensive and deep knowledge, and their ability to create very applicable and useful policies."

Clients observe that "their global presence is hard to beat," and remark on the "great advice and great service" provided by its Toronto employment team. Clients also view the group as offering "good value for the services provided."

Work highlights Continued to act for McMaster University on range of matters, including its defence in a class action suit brought by clinical faculty members regarding pension plan entitlements.

Significant clients Walmart Canada, William Osler Health System, Four Seasons Hotels, Royal Bank of Canada, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Notable practitioners

Practice group chair George Avraam is described by sources as "responsive, flexible and willing to give advice very quickly," with other clients adding that "he's a tremendous litigator - very client and service-oriented." He often works on high-profile mandates and has a broad employment and labour practice, with noted expertise in class actions, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant matters.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Management-side boutique with a strong presence in Ontario and throughout the country. Has a strong focus on the private sector, typically representing manufacturing, retail and construction clients, as well as advising government-owned companies. Experience includes an array of employment and labour matters, from workplace incident investigations to wrongful dismissals and collective bargaining negotiations.

Strengths Interviewees note: "They're a small firm but certainly well known for what they do."

Notable practitioners

Commentators praise managing partner Mark Contini as "a really excellent lawyer, a gentleman and a great guy." He often advises employers regarding unionised and non-unionised environments, and has expertise in labour relations, grievances and workplace-related human rights issues. He is further noted for his knowledge of the construction sector.

About the Team (content provided by Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP)

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Miller Thomson LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hugh Dyer and Christine O'Donohue

What the team is known for Full-service offering that acts for both provincial and national employers from industries such as retail and finance. Expertise spans labour relations, occupational health and safety, collective agreements, grievances, workplace safety and pay equity, among other matters. Also represents clients in a variety of contentious employment matters.

Strengths Clients praise group's "breadth of experience and knowledge," describing it as "a cohesive team that provides good value for money."

Others add: "They have an outstanding team providing a high level of service."

Work highlights Represented Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC) in a case brought before the Ontario Labour Relations Board following the termination of a nurse's employment contract.

Significant clients Metro Ontario, United Parcel Service, Bombardier, Siemens Canada, Weyerhaeuser.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Hugh Dyer "has a wealth of experience, and a good understanding of our business and how we like to approach things." He represents employers in the manufacturing, healthcare and transportation sectors, and assists with collective agreements, grievances and interest arbitration. He is the national chair of the firm's labour and employment group.

About the Team (content provided by Miller Thomson LLP)

Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations and Employment Group provides private and public sector employers with practical and strategic support, advice and guidance to assist senior management in making sound decisions consistent with applicable provincial labour relations and employment law and best practices.  Our expertise includes traditional labour and employment law services, plus specialized advice in many areas, including human rights, occupational health and safety (including workplace harassment), pay equity, accessibility, workers’ compensation and pension and benefits.

Our Group assists employers in anticipating and preparing for opportunities and challenges as the workplace and the legal landscape evolve. We provide the strategic planning, advice and day-to-day legal assistance that is necessary to address the wide range of challenges and initiatives that involve labour relations and employment issues. With our in-depth expertise, we are able to anticipate potential problems, suggest proactive approaches and recognize the immediate and longterm impact of available solutions.

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Rubin Thomlinson LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique practice particularly known for its advice in the area of workplace investigations. Offers further expertise in workplace human rights issues and wrongful dismissal cases. Acts for a varied client base that includes healthcare providers, public sector entities and private corporations.

Notable practitioners

Commentators note that co-founding partner Janice Rubin is "very well respected in the workplace investigations field." She is highly regarded for her expertise in a range of employment law matters, including workplace harassment issues. She also acts as a mediator in workplace disputes.

Co-founder Christine Thomlinson is praised by sources as "a high-calibre lawyer; she has an excellent reputation and a high profile." She is noted for her expertise in workplace investigations, and has further experience in issues such as workplace bullying, harassment and human rights.

About the Team (content provided by Rubin Thomlinson LLP)

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael Sherrard

What the team is known for Toronto-based firm often chosen by commercial and municipal clients for advice on a wide range of issues affecting their Ontario operations. Offers advice on a wide range of issues including workplace investigations, labour relations, employment litigation, occupational health and safety and human resources law. Also noted for its strength in the specialist area of construction labour law, and services clients from the manufacturing, transportation, retail and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Market commentators describe the firm as "an established player in the market."

Significant clients FedEx Freight Canada, IKEA Canada, 7-Eleven, PortsToronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Michael Sherrard is well regarded within the market, possessing expertise in collective bargaining, labour relations and employee benefit issues, among other areas. His wide-ranging employment and labour practice encompasses work for clients in sectors such as construction, transportation and healthcare.

Erin Kuzz has a broad employment and labour practice. She represents both public and private sector employers from a diverse array of sectors such as retail, healthcare and manufacturing, and is further noted for her labour relations expertise.

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Senior Statesmen

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Name partner and senior statesman Roy Filion QC continues to be lauded by sources, who state that "he's very good at really thinking issues through very carefully and from all angles." He is exceptionally well regarded by both peers and clients, with his considerable experience spanning employment and labour disputes of all varieties.

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Eminent Practitioner

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Toronto managing partner Brian Mulroney is described by clients as "very experienced and extremely knowledgeable," and an adviser who "always has the organisation's best interest in mind." He also receives praise for the clarity of his advice and for his considerable experience with regards to labour arbitrations and wrongful dismissal litigation.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peers attest to Brian Burkett's very strong reputation in this field, while one particularly impressed client describes him as "the most articulate guy I've ever seen." Sources also praise the comprehensive level of guidance he is able to offer, stating: "We value his work as a strategic adviser." He handles high-profile cases for major national employers, acting for companies from sectors such as telecoms, transportation and healthcare.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients describe Richard Charney as "excellent at knowing the details; he has a strong team, is thorough, diligent, responsive and gives good advice." Others laud him as an "exceptional individual." He is highly respected by both peers and clients, and often called upon to handle sensitive, high-value matters for a diverse array of national and international employers. His areas of expertise include labour relations, collective bargaining and workplace health and safety.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Douglas Gilbert is widely regarded as "one of the pre-eminent employment lawyers in Canada," with one source going on to note: "The depth of his knowledge and his ability to assess facts and legal issues and come up with a very simple action plan or answer is breathtaking." He is noted for his experience advising on an assortment of employment and labour issues, as well as for his particular expertise in collective bargaining negotiations.

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Knight is described by market commentators as "a standout lawyer: he's an exceptional, practical and sharp guy." He is widely thought of as a leader of Ontario's employment and labour market and has extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of employment disputes. His broad practice covers issues such as workplace human rights, collective bargaining and occupational health and safety.

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Market commentators describe managing partner Stephen Shamie as "a very bright and very capable lawyer," as well as someone who "sets a fine example" to others within this field. Highly regarded by peers and clients alike, he regularly advises public and private sector employers from industries such as sports, financial services, manufacturing and retail. He is recognised for his knowledge of complex labour relations work, as well as employment and labour issues relating to M&A.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Canada guide

Practice group chair George Avraam is described by sources as "responsive, flexible and willing to give advice very quickly," with other clients adding that "he's a tremendous litigator - very client and service-oriented." He often works on high-profile mandates and has a broad employment and labour practice, with noted expertise in class actions, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant matters.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients appreciate that Jason Hanson is "always thinking about how to solve our problems." An impressed source adds: "I know he's got my back, and I don't think I could ask for a better partner." He regularly works on behalf of corporate employers and is well versed in executive compensation, collective bargaining, workplace investigations and a range of other employment and labour-related issues. He chairs the firm's national employment and labour group.

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Matthew Certosimo

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Matthew Certosimo works on a wide range of employment-related disputes, with considerable expertise in workplace human rights issues and wrongful dismissal cases. One client enthused: "He understands how I want to work and accommodates that; he understands the philosophy of our organisation."

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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Commentators praise managing partner Mark Contini as "a really excellent lawyer, a gentleman and a great guy." He often advises employers regarding unionised and non-unionised environments, and has expertise in labour relations, grievances and workplace-related human rights issues. He is further noted for his knowledge of the construction sector.

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Emond Harnden

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jacques Emond is a founding partner of Emond Harnden in Ottawa and is acclaimed by one source as "a sage guru" with "years of experience" and a "thoughtful and smart guy." He is well respected by his peers and has a wide-ranging employment and labour practice that services both public and private corporations.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources praise Sunil Kapur as "a great lawyer who is very smart and has the ability to effectively communicate complex issues." Others add: "He's excellent - one of the best lawyers in Ontario." He often works on employment and labour matters relating to corporate transactions and has noted expertise in collective bargaining.

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Rubin Thomlinson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Commentators note that co-founding partner Janice Rubin is "very well respected in the workplace investigations field." She is highly regarded for her expertise in a range of employment law matters, including workplace harassment issues. She also acts as a mediator in workplace disputes.

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Michael G Sherrard

Sherrard Kuzz LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Managing partner Michael Sherrard is well regarded within the market, possessing expertise in collective bargaining, labour relations and employee benefit issues, among other areas. His wide-ranging employment and labour practice encompasses work for clients in sectors such as construction, transportation and healthcare.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Smeenk is appreciated for his considerable expertise around labour relations issues in the healthcare sector. More broadly, he represents both public and private sector employers in labour-related arbitrations, civil actions and provides counsel on workplace human rights issues.

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Bayne is acclaimed by one client as "a master tactician" who is "almost incapable of losing a case." Another satisfied client adds that "he's available at any time," describing him as "a top labour lawyer in Canada." He is particularly noted for his labour relations advice.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients regard Lorna Cuthbert of Stikeman Elliott LLP as "extremely knowledgeable and very responsive," as well as someone who "provides excellent practical advice." She is well versed in employment matters relating to corporate transactions and is also noted for her knowledge of terminations and wrongful dismissal cases. She is the head of the firm's employment and labour group in Toronto.

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients praise Henry Dinsdale as "an incredible labour lawyer with an impressive knowledge of the law." Commentators emphasise his exceptional knowledge of labour relations law in particular. His other areas of expertise within the practice area include collective bargaining and union certification matters.

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Miller Thomson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients say Hugh Dyer "has a wealth of experience, and a good understanding of our business and how we like to approach things." He represents employers in the manufacturing, healthcare and transportation sectors, and assists with collective agreements, grievances and interest arbitration. He is the national chair of the firm's labour and employment group.

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Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients appreciate Mark Josselyn of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, noting his "good sense of humour and a sharp mind. He stays on top of things and doesn't lose track of his ideas." One impressed client adds that "he is a true partner to me and my business. He is a wise and experienced lawyer, both pragmatic and creative." He is noted for his negotiation skills and ability to resolve issues without resorting to litigation.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Erin Kuzz has a broad employment and labour practice. She represents both public and private sector employers from a diverse array of sectors such as retail, healthcare and manufacturing, and is further noted for her labour relations expertise.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tim Lawson is described by clients as "an incredible lawyer: he has a great depth of knowledge and he knows how to deal with the law while understanding the practical reality of the situation." He advises a range of employers on such employment and labour issues as workplace human rights and wrongful dismissal claims.

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Aird & Berlis LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Lorenzo Lisi leads the national labour and employment group at Aird & Berlis LLP, and is praised by commentators as "extremely capable; he speaks very eloquently and knowledgeably about all aspects of employment and labour law." Further sources describe him as "talented and well respected." He has a broad practice with a noted strength in occupational health and safety issues.

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources describe Richard Nixon of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP as "a well-known and well-respected lawyer." He advises on an array of employment and labour matters, such as compensation, occupational health and safety, wrongful dismissal and labour relations matters. He advises clients from sectors such as oil and gas, telecommunications, transportation and construction.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Karen Sargeant has a sizeable employment and labour practice, assisting clients with wrongful dismissal cases, employment contracts, and matters arising from workplace health and safety and pay equity issues. One source says: "She is dedicated and provides quick and practical advice."

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Christine Thomlinson

Rubin Thomlinson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Co-founder Christine Thomlinson is praised by sources as "a high-calibre lawyer; she has an excellent reputation and a high profile." She is noted for her expertise in workplace investigations, and has further experience in issues such as workplace bullying, harassment and human rights.

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Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients laud George Vassos of Littler Mendelson, PC as an "excellent lawyer," adding that "he is very responsive and provides timely and practical advice. He is someone we can rely on for many different types of issues and we completely trust his advice and counsel." He has extensive trial experience before various bodies and offers advice on a range of employment and labour issues.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Allan Wells is said by interviewees to be "very knowledgeable on Canadian employment law." Sources also note that he "handles all matters very efficiently and always responds promptly," and describe him as a "very strategic thinker." His broad practice spans a range of issues, such as workplace health and safety, wrongful dismissals, executive compensation and workplace investigations.

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Up and Coming

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients appreciate rising star Sven Poysa's "expertise and intimate knowledge of labour and employment law," describing him as someone with "a very keen awareness of the complexity of things." He also receives high praise for his sense of strategy. He advises both national and international companies on terminations and workplace human rights issues, as well as employment issues arising from M&A transactions.

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Associates to watch

Kathleen Chevalier

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

According to one source, Kathleen Chevalier of Stikeman Elliott LLP "provided complete guidance to me and direction on what to expect and different scenarios. Her directions were always direct, focused and very clear." A senior associate within the firm, she often advises clients on hiring and terminations matters, as well as employment and labour issues stemming from transactions.

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