Canada: Labour & Employment 2017

We highlight 100 leading figures in labour and employment this year for their expertise representing and advising employers and employees on disputes, collective bargaining, labour rights and human resources law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Danny Kaufer Borden Ladner Gervais, Montreal
3. Erin Kuzz Sherrard Kuzz, Employment & Labour Lawyers, Toronto
3. Michael Sherrard Sherrard Kuzz, Employment & Labour Lawyers, Toronto
4. Eric Harris QC Harris & Company, Vancouver
5. Thomas Roper QC Roper Greyell – Employment and Labour Lawyers, Vancouver
6. Peter Gall QC Gall Legge Grant Zwack, Vancouver
7. Brian Burkett Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
8. Gavin Hume QC Harris & Company, Vancouver

HICKS MORLEY HAMILTON STEWART STORIE is the leading firm in this field with eight lawyers nominated for their impressive expertise.
Jeffrey Goodman is a leading figure in employment law litigation and is recognised as a great strategist when it comes to class actions.
Henry Dinsdale is a top name in employment law and is highly sought after by employers across the country.
The “tremendous” Stephen Shamie is frequently sought after for his work on collective agreements and employment arbitrations. He is a described by sources as a sharp legal mind and a good operator.
Craig Rix is recognised as one of the leading names in employment matters and is well regarded in the field for his expertise in government-related and human resources matters.
John Brooks has vast experience in the field and receives praise for his effective handling of union and collective bargaining matters.

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN achieves eight listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Brian Burkett is one of Canada’s most eminent labour relations and employment lawyers and boasts a “sterling reputation among his peers”.
Douglas Gilbert regularly acts on behalf of employers on a provincial and federal level. He is recognised as “the best of the lot” and praised as “extremely practical and strong in the area”.
John Craig receives high praise for his record of representing employers in collective bargaining matters in courts of arbitration and before labour relations boards.
Brian O'Byrne is highly respected for his impressive expertise in relation to employee agreements and terminations, collective agreements and pay equity.

Seven leading figures at FILION WAKELY THORUP ANGELETTI are recognised this year.
Peter Thorup is a distinguished figure in the field and is noted for his superb work in collective bargaining and his dynamism in developing effective strategies for employers.
James Knight has vast experience before the courts and is looked towards for his strong expertise on the whole gamut of employment issues including human rights and health and safety matters.
The “tremendous” Roy Filion QC is a prominent figure at the Ontario bar for labour and employment. He represents employers before provincial and federal courts and is an expert in dispute resolution.
David Wakely has over 40 years of experience at the Bar and specialises in collective bargaining and litigation where he is praised for his ability to find effective solutions.

Labour law specialists HARRIS & COMPANY achieves seven listings in this chapter.
Eric Harris QC is one of Canada’s most esteemed labour and employment lawyers. He represents clients both in British Columbia and nationally and is “without a doubt among the best that Canada can give you”.
Gavin Hume QC’s leading expertise on labour relations and employment law has made him one of the country’s most-sought-after lawyers in this field.
The “exceptional” Donald Jordan QC frequently represents private sector employers in matters relating to trade unions and workplace issues.
Matthew Cooperwilliams comes highly recommended for his ability to engage with the issues at hand and use his significant expertise to handle wrongful dismissal cases, restrictive covenant matters and employment litigation.

Leading boutique ROPER GREYELL – EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR LAWYERS also sees seven lawyers recommended.
Founding partner Thomas Roper QC is a leading employment litigation lawyer and receives plaudits for his strong performance across the board.
Delayne Sartison QC is a top name in employment, management-side labour and human rights law in the workplace. She is known as a robust and effective negotiator.
Gavin Marshall is a prominent name in employment law where he is highly regarded for his expertise in managing relationships and crisis management scenarios.
Gregory Heywood is an esteemed labour litigator and known throughout the market as one of the best in the country.

We feature five practitioners at BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS who are considered leaders in the field.
The “excellent” Danny Kaufer receives plaudits from his peers for his ability to “quickly get to the crux of an issue and evaluate all of the necessary considerations”.
Matthew Certosimo is highly visible in the market and widely respected as one of the standout labour and employment lawyers in the country.
Maryse Tremblay is a superb advocate and trusted adviser, considered a specialist in human rights law and privacy matters.

MCLENNAN ROSS also performs well this year and sees five lawyers recommended.
Hugh McPhail QC is one of Western Canada’s most eminent practitioners. He frequently represents employers in contentious and non-contentious matters and is “a presence across the country”.
Thomas Ross receives high praise from peers for his leading practice which includes a strong focus on labour arbitrations and contract matters.
David Ross QC is recognised as a top name in Alberta and a highly sought-after lawyer in management-side labour and employment matters. One peer remarks, “He is superb – we refer work to him all the time.”

Full-service firm NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT achieves five listings.
William Armstrong QC is “widely known for his superb work in labour law”. He is well regarded for his strong practice and enjoys a great reputation among peers and clients alike.
Timothy Mitchell has a depth of knowledge in workplace human rights and management-side employment law where he boasts “an exceptionally good practice."
The “excellent” Richard Charney is global head of the firm’s employment and labour practice and receives widespread praise for his expertise in collective bargaining matters and his strong advocacy work.

Five leading figures at STEWART MCKELVEY are listed in this chapter.
Grant Machum is recognised for his commercial acumen and keen understanding of clients’ needs. He is a highly regarded legal mind in Canadian employment law.
Brian Johnston QC receives praise for his “extremely practical approach” and is “very well respected in the market”. He works with employers in numerous industries including construction, mining and financial services.
James Lemesurier is “highly knowledgeable in all areas of employment law” and is a leading figure at the New Brunswick Bar.

MCINNES COOPER sees three lawyers recommended.
Malcolm Boyle is a leading figure in labour and employment law where he represents both Canadian and national employers. He is recommended within the industry as a fantastic practitioner.
Jack Graham QC is highly regarded for his arbitration and litigation capabilities and his superb record representing employers in union-organising campaigns and cases of wrongful dismissal.
Denis Mahoney is a highly respected figure in the Canadian market and recommended as “one of the best there is” in labour and employment law.

Two lawyers at GALL LEGGE GRANT ZWACK are included in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Peter Gall QC is a leading litigation lawyer and has a depth of expertise acting before administrative tribunals.
Andrea Zwack is at the top of the field in labour and employment law, particularly relating to constitutional and administrative matters where she is recognised as “an extraordinary practitioner”.

Top boutique SHERRARD KUZZ, EMPLOYMENT & LABOUR LAWYERS achieves two listings.
Michael Sherrard receives high praise for his leading counsel in public and private sector employment matters. One peer says, “He is tremendous – he knows the ins and outs of Ontario law and his expertise is second to none.”
Erin Kuzz is “top of the list” in employment matters and stands out as a prominent figure at the Ontario bar.

Frank Molnar at FIELD in Calgary is highly respected for his longstanding expertise in the field. He has almost 30 years of experience in complex labour and employment matters including arbitrations collective bargaining and executive employment issues.

Sonia Regenbogen at MATHEWS DINSDALE & CLARK is highly respected for her work with the international labour organisation and is regarded as “an international law specialist” in the field.

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