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Adrienne Telford

P.416.964.5548  F.416.964.5895  E.

Assistant: Sandy Nesbitt416.964.1115 Ext. 2270

Adrienne's Practice Areas


  • Call to the Bar, 2008
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B., 2007
  • McGill University’s School of Environment, B.Sc., 2002


  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Membership in the Law Union of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Association of Human Rights Lawyers
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association


Adrienne practices in the areas of labour, constitutional, administrative, Aboriginal, and national security law. She has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario and federally, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before federal and provincial tribunals. She provides strategic legal research and advice to clients on a range of issues, and advances their interests through negotiation, litigation, and oral and written advocacy before courts and tribunals, and in other forums.

Adrienne's labour law practice focuses on workplace human rights, occupational health and safety, grievance arbitration, labour board matters, professional discipline, and collective bargaining. She represents workers employed in a range of sectors, including agricultural and food industry workers, construction workers, energy sector workers, midwives, nurses, postal workers, teachers, and lawyers, among others. She also advises public sector unions in their negotiations with employers and government.

Adrienne has significant experience in constitutional and public law litigation. She is currently pro bono co-counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in a Charter challenge to Bill C-51, Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015. She was co-counsel to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in its successful Charter challenge to Harper's back-to-work legislation. She represents complainants and public interest groups before a range of tribunals, including the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Toronto Police Services' police discipline tribunal, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, and the Security Intelligence Review Committee (the body responsible for reviewing the actions of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service). She also provides strategic advice on election laws to trade unions and civil society organizations, both federally and provincially. She advises and represents provincial and federal bodies and tribunals, including statutory bodies mandated with police accountability, and the Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada, an independent tribunal established to adjudicate First Nations' claims against the Crown relating to land and treaty rights.

Adrienne regularly presents at conferences and prepares papers in the areas of labour, constitutional and human rights, as well as tribunal advocacy and public sector bargaining. She was appointed adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she taught constitutional law, including Aboriginal and Charter rights, in the Global Professional Master of Laws Program.

Prior to joining the firm, Adrienne worked as a law clerk to Madam Justice Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada. She graduated from the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law and received a B.Sc. from McGill University's School of Environment.

Adrienne brings to her practice a deep commitment to workers' struggle, Indigenous rights and sovereignty, and women's and LGBTQ rights. She is a member of the Law Union of Ontario's Movement Defence Committee and Anti-Colonial Committee, as well as a member of a Toronto-based collective of white folks working against racism.

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