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Employment & Labour — Ontario


Fasken - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, telecommunications and banking, the firm often assists clients with international labour issues. Also has extensive experience working with the government and employers on provincial labour and employment legislation.

Strengths The team is considered knowledgeable and thorough. One client said: "They are the best labour and employment law lawyers I have worked with."

Another client said: "I trust their opinion and I know they will be objective and give us an opinion that we can rely on - not just what we may want to hear."

Work highlights Advised and provided representation to Air Canada in areas such as collective agreement arbitrations, labour relations board proceedings and health and safety claims.

Assisted Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries with employment-related litigation, providing advice and representation on matters including human rights and unjust dismissal complaints, and entitlement to disability benefits.

Notable practitioners

Brian Burkett is highly regarded by his peers, who describe him as "very prominent" in the field. One source dubbed him a "labour law guru in the market." He is a seasoned lawyer who works in management labour relations and employment law, including in the telecommunications, transportation and healthcare sectors.

Douglas Gilbert is a well-respected senior practitioner who has amassed decades of experience in labour and employment. He represents employers in a variety of claims. He acts as a strategic adviser for clients, and as a spokesperson in collective bargaining on their behalf.

Clients say that Brian Smeenk is "thoughtful, responsive and he understands how we approach issues." He represents private and public sector employers in labour relations and employment law. He has experience in labour negotiations for a variety of employers, including prominent Ontario educational institutions.

Karen Sargeant is appreciated by clients for her strong knowledge and understanding of their business. She advises employers in sectors such as travel, finance and healthcare, and represents them before courts, boards of arbitration and administrative tribunals.

John Craig was described by a source as "very smart" and "very able." He advises and represents employers in the areas of labour, employment and pension law across a range of sectors. In particular, he provides support to clients regarding labour aspects of corporate social responsibility - including on an international level.

About the Team (content provided by Fasken)

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, with an active presence in both the private and public sectors. Has notable expertise in collective bargaining, labour arbitration, wrongful dismissal cases and human rights issues.

Strengths One client said of the team: "What I appreciate most is their expertise and calm, sound judgement, sometimes when things are emotional."

Another source added that the lawyers in the team "bring a great depth of experience and knowledge to any conversation where we feel a need to consult with a third party."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Swissport and was present at all hearings and legal proceedings, in response to strike action by employees.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Roy Filion QC elicits praise from his peers for his skill in the field. As the senior partner and one of the founders of the firm, he is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in collective bargaining, mediation and dispute resolution.

Sources describe James Knight as a "well-known" and "well thought-of" practitioner. He has been working in labour and employment law for over 30 years, and has considerable experience in collective bargaining and helping employers defend against union-organising campaigns. He also appears before courts, tribunals and arbitration boards.

Robert Bayne is described by peers as a "well-rounded lawyer" and has 25 years of experience in employment and labour law. He is appreciated for his sound advice on employment law and legislative reform, as well as providing strategic labour relations advice.

One client described Donald Jarvis as "incredibly experienced" and "effective at tailoring his style to fit the situation." According to another, he is "methodical, knowledgeable, articulate and friendly." He is an experienced partner and provides advice and counsel to private and public sector employers, including in grievance arbitrations, wrongful dismissal actions and human rights proceedings.

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for First-rate employment and labour boutique recognised for its considerable breadth and depth of practice. Works across a range of industries, including education, healthcare and manufacturing. 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 A client said that they were "very confident in the firm," and described the team as "very good and high-value for the cost."

A peer praised the firm's strength, size and national scope, stating that it is "really making a point of having true national coverage."

Notable practitioners

Peers describe Stephen Shamie as "truly top-notch." He is the firm's managing partner and has been advising and representing public and private sector employers regarding human resources law for over 25 years. With a wealth of experience across sectors including hospitality, media and sport, he garners respect for his "high-profile work."

Peers say that Henry Dinsdale is well known and well liked within the community, and that his work is excellent. His strategic advice and advocacy build on 25 years of advising and representing employers. A partner at the firm, he has experience representing employers in proceedings throughout Canada, and sources say: "At what he does, he is excellent."

Craig Rix is considered by peers to be "high-quality" and "a tremendous lawyer and a great person." He is a labour and employment lawyer who is active in both the public and private sector. His work includes strategic human resources planning and rights arbitration advocacy.

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Active in the public sector with a presence in education, Crown corporations and professional bodies.

Strengths A client said of the firm: "Their performance is simply the best. They are responsive to clients' needs and are available any time."

Another client praised the firm's in-depth knowledge, saying: "They are true experts in all the fields they represent us on."

Work highlights Represented Metrolinx in resisting a judicial review application from the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1587, concerning the practice of issuing free transit passes to friends and relatives of employees.

Successfully acted for the Ontario Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association in an arbitration concerning terms and conditions of employment.

Notable practitioners

Richard Charney is highly respected by clients and peers alike for his experience and expertise. One client stated: "I have full confidence that we are in the best hands possible." He is the global head of the firm's employment and labour practice and garners praise for his high-profile work, which includes many tribunals and arbitrations, as well as judicial reviews.

Clients describe John Mastoras as "a true expert in tricky labour matters." A senior partner at the firm, he has varied litigation experience and acts for employers from sectors including manufacturing, energy and insurance.

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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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. From collective bargaining to mental health, the team has experts across many areas.

Strengths Clients say: "They always find time to make themselves available, particularly if there is an immediate or emergency need."

Another client added that "the associates listen and endeavour to understand the situation, and are considerate to the culture of our organisation in their solutions offered."

Work highlights Represented the Toronto Police Services Board in a human rights case in which an applicant alleged that she was discriminated against by police due to her mental health. All allegations were dismissed.

Acted for The Hospital for Sick Children in response to a former employee seeking damages for the hospital's alleged failure to pay regular and overtime wages.

Notable practitioners

Brian Mulroney is a highly regarded practitioner, valued for his extensive experience in the field. In particular, he has experience pertaining to wrongful dismissal litigation, fiduciary duty and human rights.

Peers say that Matthew Certosimo "has a good profile in the community" and is "well liked by peers and clients." He has experience in a range of areas including employment-related litigation, grievance arbitrations and human rights issues.

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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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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第二等

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. Also has experience working in the energy and transportation sectors. Experience includes an array of employment and labour matters, from workplace incident investigations to wrongful dismissals and collective bargaining negotiations.

Strengths A client praised the team's "excellent knowledge and expertise," especially regarding their industries.

An interviewee described the firm as "an excellent boutique with a significant construction industry twist."

Notable practitioners

Mark Contini represents employers in workplace law matters. Peers describe him as having "a very established reputation in the power sector." His advice covers a range of matters including human rights and individual contracts.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Has experience working in the transportation and food and drink sectors.

Strengths A client praised the team's "expertise, experience, business focus" and "understanding of our business and industry."

Another client described the team's "knowledge, problem-solving approach and strategic advice" as "very strong."

Work highlights Advised the Corporation of the City of Vaughan on a sexual assault and harassment complaint against former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor Michael DiBiase.

Provided counsel to Enbridge on its acquisition of Spectra Energy.

Notable practitioners

Sunil Kapur wins praise from clients for his "deep labour expertise" and "practical, problem-solving style." They appreciate that he is "very strategic in his advice and responsive to client questions and needs." He has experience in a range of labour and employment matters, including collective bargaining.

Tim Lawson is described by clients as "very practical." He has litigation experience and has acted for key clients in the financial sector. His practice covers a range of areas in labour and employment law, including human rights and wrongful dismissal claims. He is the firm’s national labour and employment practice group leader.

About the Team (content provided by McCarthy Tétrault LLP)

With the proliferation of federal, provincial and common laws affecting employment issues, you need expert legal advice to avoid costly missteps

McCarthy Tétrault helps you address employment issues before they become problems. We have some of the country’s top legal talents who are at the forefront of new developments in employment practices, policies and laws.

We represent clients in a broad spectrum of economic activity, including manufacturing, technology, energy and utilities, mining, construction, gaming and hospitality, transportation and warehousing, as well as public sector entities including government ministries and agencies, municipalities and universities.

We assemble the right team for your specific needs from our large roster of senior and junior lawyers. And with offices across the country, we combine local know-how with the resources of a leading national firm. Our labour lawyers have a reputation for strategic, timely and practical advice in all areas of labour relations and labour law, at both the provincial and federal levels.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Has experience working in sectors such as energy and food and drink.

Strengths Clients value the team's "partnership, strategic thinking beyond legal counsel, sage advice and honest feedback."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Sears Canada on its Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings and restructuring.

Advised Intercontinental Exchange on a proposal for a Canadian Capital Markets Securities Regulator. The employment and labour team advised on outsourcing and integration matters, as the proposal would create a centralised federal authority in place of separate provincial bodies.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Jason Hanson is "professional and provides excellent future scenarios - which allows clients to make better decisions." He has experience across labour and employment law, including in relation to restructurings and corporate transactions, and has experience of collective bargaining. He chairs the firm's national employment and labour department.

A client said of Allan Wells: "I can speak for days about how strategic, helpful and detailed he is." He has experience representing employers before administrative tribunals and courts, and is active across a range of areas of labour and employment law, such as outsourcing, executive compensation and employee terminations.

Sven Poysa is praised by clients for his knowledge and responsiveness. He is valued for the advice he provides companies on a range of HR issues. He has appeared before human rights tribunals and grievance arbitration boards.

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Baker McKenzie - Employment & Labour Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leverages a strong international footprint to act on behalf of a range of public and private sector clients, in both a union and non-union context. 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. Other clients include food, technology and financial services companies.

Strengths Clients value the team's "great communication and ability to help us understand the law."

One impressed observer said: "Responsiveness was the most valuable attribute of the service, with fast turnaround of the various inquiries."

Work highlights Represented Olympus Canada in an appeal following a wrongful dismissal action, in which the plaintiff disputed a contract of employment, subsequent to the client purchasing the company which employed the plaintiff.

Represented Canadian universities in matters such as civil litigation and grievance arbitrations.

Notable practitioners

George Avraam is endorsed by peers for his skill in the field. His work is varied, and includes labour and employment law, pensions and class actions. He has experience working on high-profile matters for leading employers.

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Miller Thomson LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service offering that acts for both provincial and national employers from industries such as healthcare, food and beverages, 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 One client said: "In our experience, their advice has always turned out to be the right advice."

Notable practitioners

Hugh Dyer is recognised for his skill in advising and representing employers. With experience across the private and public sectors, he works in areas such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. Peers describe him as a "pretty significant employment lawyer."

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 to assist management in making sound decisions consistent with applicable federal and provincial labour relations and employment law and best practices.  While we are effective advocates for the interests of our clients before the courts, arbitrators and labour relations and employment tribunals, we also assist clients with risk mitigation through training and policy development. Our expertise includes traditional labour relations 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 long‑term impact of available solutions.

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Rubin Thomlinson LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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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, harassment and misconduct. 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.

Strengths A client described the team as "focused, and highly experienced and specialised."

Notable practitioners

Peers say that Janice Rubin is "a go-to person not only for everyday labour and employment relations, but also if you need somebody to investigate the most high-profile harassment claims." She is co-founder and co-managing partner at the firm and has experience representing both employers and employees.

Christine Thomlinson is described by peers as "a very good lawyer." The firm's co-founder and co-managing partner, she is respected for her knowledge regarding investigations, harassment and workplace reviews.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Services clients from the manufacturing, transportation, retail, defence and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Peers say that the team's "commitment to their clients is extremely deep."

Notable practitioners

Michael Sherrard is very well thought of by peers and is held in high regard in the market for his wide-ranging expertise in labour and employment law. He is managing partner at the firm and has experience working across a range of sectors, including healthcare, retail and manufacturing.

Erin Kuzz is described by sources as "very good, a very solid lawyer" and "a very dynamic, entrepreneurial person." She has experience working in labour and employment law in sectors such as construction and retail, and works across the public and private sectors.

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Senior Statesperson

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior statesman Roy Filion QC elicits praise from his peers for his skill in the field. As the senior partner and one of the founders of the firm, he is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in collective bargaining, mediation and dispute resolution.

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Eminent Practitioner

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Mulroney is a highly regarded practitioner, valued for his extensive experience in the field. In particular, he has experience pertaining to wrongful dismissal litigation, fiduciary duty and human rights.

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Band 1

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Burkett is highly regarded by his peers, who describe him as "very prominent" in the field. One source dubbed him a "labour law guru in the market." He is a seasoned lawyer who works in management labour relations and employment law, including in the telecommunications, transportation and healthcare sectors.

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Band 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Richard Charney is highly respected by clients and peers alike for his experience and expertise. One client stated: "I have full confidence that we are in the best hands possible." He is the global head of the firm's employment and labour practice and garners praise for his high-profile work, which includes many tribunals and arbitrations, as well as judicial reviews.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Douglas Gilbert is a well-respected senior practitioner who has amassed decades of experience in labour and employment. He represents employers in a variety of claims. He acts as a strategic adviser for clients, and as a spokesperson in collective bargaining on their behalf.

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources describe James Knight as a "well-known" and "well thought-of" practitioner. He has been working in labour and employment law for over 30 years, and has considerable experience in collective bargaining and helping employers defend against union-organising campaigns. He also appears before courts, tribunals and arbitration boards.

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peers describe Stephen Shamie as "truly top-notch." He is the firm's managing partner and has been advising and representing public and private sector employers regarding human resources law for over 25 years. With a wealth of experience across sectors including hospitality, media and sport, he garners respect for his "high-profile work."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Canada guide

George Avraam is endorsed by peers for his skill in the field. His work is varied, and includes labour and employment law, pensions and class actions. He has experience working on high-profile matters for leading employers.

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Band 2

Matthew Certosimo

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peers say that Matthew Certosimo"has a good profile in the community" and is "well liked by peers and clients." He has experience in a range of areas including employment-related litigation, grievance arbitrations and human rights issues.

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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Contini represents employers in workplace law matters. Peers describe him as having "a very established reputation in the power sector." His advice covers a range of matters including human rights and individual contracts.

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Band 2

Emond Harnden

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jacques Emond of Emond Harnden is considered by peers to have "a terrific reputation." He is a seasoned practitioner and founding partner of the firm. His practice involves a range of labour and employment law work for private and public sector employers, including tribunals and collective agreements.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients say that Jason Hanson is "professional and provides excellent future scenarios - which allows clients to make better decisions." He has experience across labour and employment law, including in relation to restructurings and corporate transactions, and has experience of collective bargaining. He chairs the firm's national employment and labour department.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sunil Kapur wins praise from clients for his "deep labour expertise" and "practical, problem-solving style." They appreciate that he is "very strategic in his advice and responsive to client questions and needs." He has experience in a range of labour and employment matters, including collective bargaining.

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Rubin Thomlinson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peers say that Janice Rubin is "a go-to person not only for everyday labour and employment relations, but also if you need somebody to investigate the most high-profile harassment claims." She is co-founder and co-managing partner at the firm and has experience representing both employers and employees.

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Michael G Sherrard

Sherrard Kuzz LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael Sherrard is very well thought of by peers and is held in high regard in the market for his wide-ranging expertise in labour and employment law. He is managing partner at the firm and has experience working across a range of sectors, including healthcare, retail and manufacturing.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients say that Brian Smeenk is "thoughtful, responsive and he understands how we approach issues." He represents private and public sector employers in labour relations and employment law. He has experience in labour negotiations for a variety of employers, including prominent Ontario educational institutions.

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Bayne is described by peers as a "well-rounded lawyer" and has 25 years of experience in employment and labour law. He is appreciated for his sound advice on employment law and legislative reform, as well as providing strategic labour relations advice.

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Band 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients say that Lorna Cuthbert of Stikeman Elliott LLP "has such a depth of experience that she can draw on previous issues to provide effective advice." One source said: "Lorna's practical, direct approach is refreshing and invaluable." She is head of the employment and labour group in the firm's Toronto office and has wide-ranging experience, with particular emphasis on the human resources elements of commercial transactions.

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Miller Thomson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Hugh Dyer is recognised for his skill in advising and representing employers. With experience across the private and public sectors, he works in areas such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. Peers describe him as a "pretty significant employment lawyer."

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Band 3

Sherrard Kuzz LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Erin Kuzz is described by sources as "very good, a very solid lawyer" and "a very dynamic, entrepreneurial person." She has experience working in labour and employment law in sectors such as construction and retail, and works across the public and private sectors.

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Band 3

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tim Lawson is described by clients as "very practical." He has litigation experience and has acted for key clients in the financial sector. His practice covers a range of areas in labour and employment law, including human rights and wrongful dismissal claims. He is the firm’s national labour and employment practice group leader.

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Band 3

Aird & Berlis LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Lorenzo Lisi of Aird & Berlis LLP is praised by peers for his work in employment law, with one source describing him as "tenacious, smart, practical" and "great with clients." Other sources describe him as "a tremendous guy, a great speaker and a very, very good lawyer." He has a range of experience in workplace law, including grievance and labour board litigation, and leads the firm's workplace law group.

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Band 3

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients regard Richard Nixon of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP as "reassuring, funny, knowledgeable and able to quickly find a solution that meets business goals and legal requirements." His work in employment and labour law includes providing advice to employers in sectors such as energy and telecommunications. He has appeared before tribunals including human rights tribunals, and has advised on employment and terminations on an executive level.

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Band 3

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Karen Sargeant is appreciated by clients for her strong knowledge and understanding of their business. She advises employers in sectors such as travel, finance and healthcare, and represents them before courts, boards of arbitration and administrative tribunals.

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Band 3

Christine Thomlinson

Rubin Thomlinson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Christine Thomlinson is described by peers as "a very good lawyer." The firm's co-founder and co-managing partner, she is respected for her knowledge regarding investigations, harassment and workplace reviews.

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Band 3

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers Canada guide

George Vassos of Littler Mendelson, PC is endorsed by peers for his skill in litigation and his years of experience in the field. His advice on labour and employment issues covers a range of areas, including injunctions, fiduciary duties and grievances.

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Band 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

A client said of Allan Wells: "I can speak for days about how strategic, helpful and detailed he is." He has experience representing employers before administrative tribunals and courts, and is active across a range of areas of labour and employment law, such as outsourcing, executive compensation and employee terminations.

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Band 4

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

John Craig was described by a source as "very smart" and "very able." He advises and represents employers in the areas of labour, employment and pension law across a range of sectors. In particular, he provides support to clients regarding labour aspects of corporate social responsibility - including on an international level.

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Band 4

Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peers say that Henry Dinsdale is well known and well liked within the community, and that his work is excellent. His strategic advice and advocacy build on 25 years of advising and representing employers. A partner at the firm, he has experience representing employers in proceedings throughout Canada, and sources say: "At what he does, he is excellent."

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Band 4

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

One client described Donald Jarvis as "incredibly experienced" and "effective at tailoring his style to fit the situation." According to another, he is "methodical, knowledgeable, articulate and friendly." He is an experienced partner and provides advice and counsel to private and public sector employers, including in grievance arbitrations, wrongful dismissal actions and human rights proceedings.

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Band 4

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Josselyn of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP is Ottawa group leader of the firm's employment and labour law group. He is experienced in employment law, commercial litigation and insurance defence.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients describe John Mastoras as "a true expert in tricky labour matters." A senior partner at the firm, he has varied litigation experience and acts for employers from sectors including manufacturing, energy and insurance.

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Band 4

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sven Poysa is praised by clients for his knowledge and responsiveness. He is valued for the advice he provides companies on a range of HR issues. He has appeared before human rights tribunals and grievance arbitration boards.

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Band 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Nancy Ramalho of Stikeman Elliott LLP is lauded by clients for being "down-to-earth and business-focused." One source said: "Her customer service is outstanding." Her experience includes litigation, as well as advising on matters such as labour relations, legislative compliance, human rights and workplace investigations.

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Band 4

Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Craig Rix is considered by peers to be "high-quality" and "a tremendous lawyer and a great person." He is a labour and employment lawyer who is active in both the public and private sector. His work includes strategic human resources planning and rights arbitration advocacy.

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Band 4

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Kristin Taylor of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP elicits praise from peers for her "excellent judgement" and "practical advice." Her advice to employers has covered matters such as severance packages, mergers and acquisitions and human rights issues. She is deputy managing partner of the firm.

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Band 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients describe Andrea York of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as "very much a trusted adviser," praising her skill in "balancing legal advice with an awareness of the nature of the client's industry." She has experience in a range of employment and privacy law matters and has worked in sectors such as finance, healthcare and technology.

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Up and Coming

Kathleen Chevalier

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients say that Kathleen Chevalier of Stikeman Elliott LLP "is personable, has very strong experience which is broad in range" and is "a pleasure to deal with." She has represented clients in litigation including grievance arbitration. She has particular experience advising clients in the retail sector.

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Up and Coming

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients say that Laurie Jessome of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP demonstrates "unbelievable thoroughness" in her work, and they also appreciate her "excellent people skills." She assists employers with a variety of areas of the employment relationship, such as drafting employment agreements, discipline and dismissal issues and employment standards.

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