Canada: Labour, Employment & Pensions 2018

This year’s research into the Canadian labour, employment and pensions space sees 109 practitioners highlighted for their impressive work in the field.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Danny J Kaufer Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal
2. Eric J Harris QC Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver
3. Thomas A Roper QC Roper Greyell – Employment and Labour Lawyers, Vancouver
4. Gavin Hume QC Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver
5. Michael G Sherrard Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers, Toronto
6. Erin Kuzz Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers, Toronto
7. Malcolm Boyle McInnes Cooper, Halifax

Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie sees 11 lawyers recognised here.
Stephen Shamie is “very well-known” in the market for handling issues arising from collective agreements, human rights hearings and labour board proceedings.
Craig Rix wins high praise from peers who commend his wide-ranging experience advising clients on collective bargaining and human resources strategies.
Jeffrey Goodman is a commercial employment law specialist who is recognised for his deep expertise in executive and shareholder disputes, and class actions.
Henry Dinsdale receives high praise from market commentators for his impressive expertise relating to collective bargaining and union organising campaigns.

Fasken achieves 10 listings in this chapter.
John Craig is an excellent lawyer who stands out for his extensive experience on issues arising from workplace codes of conduct and human resource policies.
Douglas Gilbert boasts more than 40 years’ experience in the field and is commended for his deep expertise when it comes to the reformation of terms of employment.
Brian Burkett is a long-standing fixture in the Canadian market, where he is widely respected for his excellent work acting for both employers and employer associations.

Full-service firm Borden Ladner Gervais receives five listings in this chapter.
Danny Kaufer is one of the foremost labour and employment lawyers in Canada who stands out among peers for his great expertise representing clients in employment-related arbitration and litigation proceedings.
Robert Bonhomme enjoys a top reputation in the market, with sources rating him highly for his impressive work handling employment terminations and restrictive covenants.
Matthew Certosimo is widely recognised by market sources for his wealth of expertise in the field, most notably when it comes to advising on wrongful dismissals.
Alexandre Buswell is “a great lawyer” according to peers who “would not hesitate to recommend him” for his adept handling of dismissals and collective labour relations.
Maryse Tremblay is a specialist on matters relating to unionised employees. She is rated highly by sources for her particular expertise across the telecommunications and transport sectors.

Roper Greyell is a go-to firm for labour and employment disputes and sees five impressive practitioners highlighted this year.
Thomas Roper QC is “a very significant name” and “a leader in the field” of labour law. His practice is “one of the best” and he “has a great reputation” for his work on contractual rights and wrongful dismissal.
Gregory Heywood commands great respect from colleagues in the field of labour and employment. He possesses more than three decades’ experience as a litigator and is known for his work on wrongful dismissals and workplace discrimination.
James Kondopulos enjoys an excellent reputation in the Canadian market. Sources speak highly of his practice, where he offers great insight into constructive dismissal actions and compensation disputes.
Najeeb Hassan is praised by colleagues as “one of the top lawyers at the firm”. He has an enviable practice covering such issues as the certification of unions and strike management.

Harris & Company stands out in the market and receives six listings this year.
Eric Harris QC is one of the most prominent labour and employment lawyers in the jurisdiction. He is praised by colleagues as “a leader in the field” and has great expertise on the employer side of labour disputes.
Gavin Hume QC is widely recognised as an outstanding practitioner among peers who commend his top-tier labour and employment practice, noting that he is particularly adept on collective bargaining issues.
Geoffrey Litherland remains a favourite among respondents who commend his superb work advising clients on wrongful dismissals and breaches of contract.

McLennan Ross achieves five nominations here.
Hugh McPhail QC garners widespread praise from respondents who praise his excellent work advising on a range of labour matters relating to the construction sector.
Damon Bailey is “a fantastic lawyer” with a top practice that sees him advise and represent clients on matters including collective agreements and grievances in the retail, manufacturing and energy sectors.
David Ross QC is described by colleagues in the field as among the “senior eminent names in Canadian labour law”. He is recognised for his work relating to management-side labour issues in the construction, manufacturing and health care sectors.

Sherrard Kuzz is a top firm in the jurisdiction that sees three of its lawyers nominated this year.
Michael Sherrard is one of the leading labour and employment lawyers in the country and excels on such matters as collective bargaining and employment contracts.
Erin Kuzz has earned a stellar reputation in the market and receives high praise from respondents this year for her work relating to grievance arbitration and collective bargaining.
Sundeep Gokhale is “a great lawyer” according to respondents; he offers clients a wealth of insight into employee relations, attendance management and collective bargaining.

At McInnes Cooper, Malcolm Boyle is described by market observers as “a top-drawer lawyer” who offers clients superb expertise on employment standards and workers’ compensation.
Denis Mahoney possesses wide-ranging insight into the Canadian labour and employment field, with particular strength relating to collective bargaining and occupational health and safety matters.
Jack Graham QC is “a fantastic lawyer” who continues to garner high praise from respondents. He possesses more than 25 years’ experience handling employment litigation and collective bargaining issues.

Gall Legge Grant Zwack’s Peter Gall QC is a distinguished name in the market and is praised as “one of the top counsels out there” for matters relating to collective agreements, dispute resolution and pension and benefits compensation.
Andrea Zwack is a firm favourite among respondents who commend her first-rate work regarding grievance arbitration and collective agreements.

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti’s Peter Thorup is a “fantastic” practitioner who commands great respect from colleagues in the market. He has an impressive practice that sees him advise on collective bargaining and management-side union organising strategies.
Roy Filion QC is a well-established name in the labour and employment space, with broad expertise that sees him represent clients on matters relating to collective bargaining and dispute resolution.
Frank Angeletti has an outstanding reputation in the field and is widely praised for his work relating to employee relations, with a particular focus on collective bargaining.

McCarthy Tétrault’s Sunil Kapur is a leading light in the Canadian labour and employment market. He is considered “incredibly strong” on labour board proceedings and collective bargaining matters across a range of industries.
Tim Lawson has an impressive reputation in the field, with sources speaking highly of his expertise handling labour and employment issues across a range of industries including automotive, logistics and technology.
Jacques Rousse is an excellent labour lawyer who is widely recognised by respondents for his insight into executive compensation and human resources matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Richard Charney maintains a top reputation in the jurisdiction. Respondents speak highly of his practice, praising his work relating to dismissals of unionised workers and strike management.
Timothy Mitchell is recognised as a standout name in the labour and employment market by sources who consider him “certainly one of the top practitioners in Alberta”.

Lavery de Billy’s Guy Lavoie is “certainly well known in the market” and wins praise for his practice which offers clients great insight into issues such as collective dismissals

Brown Mills Klinck Prezioso’s Elizabeth Brown is “the top pension lawyer in Ontario”, according to sources. She runs an outstanding practice that sees her represent clients on pension litigation and advise on defined benefit and contribution plans.

Keith Murray of Mathews Dinsdale & Clark is a labour law specialist who provides clients with great expertise on matters relating to collective bargaining.

At Stewart McKelvey, Brian Johnston QC stands out as a go-to practitioner for work relating to labour and employment, receiving widespread praise for his work on collective agreement settlements and employee terminations.
Grant Machum is an impressive practitioner who commands much respect from colleagues in the field. He is adept on the defence-side of employment law, offering great experience on constructive dismissal and negligence claims.

Pulver Crawford Munroe’s Craig Munroe is “a great lawyer” who is noted by sources for his “practicality” on management-side labour and employment work, with particular expertise on merit-based employment decisions in the construction sector.

Lawson Lundell’s Murray Campbell has “a stellar reputation” according to observers who consider him “a standout lawyer at the firm” and note he is adept on matters relating to pension conversions from defined benefit to defined contribution.
Kenneth Burns is “a great lawyer” who receives widespread commendation for his expertise in the field of pensions, with particular insight into pension plan compliance and disputes.

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