In the fields of labour and employment, my experience has been atypical for an Ontario lawyer. I acted for many years almost exclusively for unions and employees, and subsequently almost exclusively for employers, in union and non-union shops. This experience on “both sides”, informs my understanding of the needs and goals of parties to employment and labour disputes.
Having practiced in Toronto for over a decade, I relocated in the 1990’s to Waterloo Region, from which I served clients throughout Southwestern Ontario and the GTA.
I also served as Managing Partner of the Waterloo Region Office of Gowling WLG and was a member of a national management committee at that Firm for 12 years. Through that experience I gained significant understanding of the challenges facing employers as they make decisions and the impact of those decisions on employees. Those issues often surface at the mediation table.
In practice I was recognized in labour and employment law by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada. I have represented parties through arbitration, trials and appeals including several cases heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, but in most cases I represented parties in settlement. That is what I seek to do in offering my services as a mediator: help parties and their lawyers find an acceptable road to settlement if one exists.