As a senior member of the firm, Liz practices civil and administrative law with particular expertise in labour and employment law, human rights, occupational health and safety and health care. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the “Best lawyers in Canada” in the practice areas of labour, employment and human rights. In 2006, she was selected by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a recipient of the Law Society Medal. In 2007 she was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and in 2013 she was inducted into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In 2010, Liz was honoured by LEAF as one of 15 women lawyers who have made difference for women and girls in Canada.
Liz represented Mayor Hazel McCallion at the Mississauga Inquiry and in the subsequent conflict of interest proceeding. In 2008 she was counsel at the inquest into the murder of nurse Lori Dupont and the suicide of Dr. Marc Daniel at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital, in Windsor, a case that has led to significant amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act regarding violence in the workplace. Liz acted as counsel to interested parties before the Grange Inquiry into deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children and the SARS Commission conducted by Justice Campbell. Liz is well known for her work representing nurses and other professionals in a wide range of settings, including professional discipline/regulation, medical malpractice, inquests, inquiries and criminal proceedings.
Liz appears before all levels of the courts and administrative tribunals. She has been counsel in numerous precedent-setting cases, including the well-known Orillia Soldiers case, the only Canadian appellate court decision on compensation-related disability discrimination and the duty to accommodate. Liz represented LEAF at the Supreme Court of Canada in the K.M. case dealing with the application of limitation periods to victims of sexual assault. She also argued Mt. Sinai v. Tilley, a case in which the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed a provision of the Employment Standards Act disentitling disabled workers to severance pay based on a violation of s.15 of the Charter.
Liz is a frequent speaker and author of articles on human rights, privacy, health professionals, and violence in the workplace. She has co-authored the firm’s Guides to the Local Health System Integration Act, the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act and a book on the College of Teachers Act .
Liz has been very active in the legal community as Member of the Canadian Circuit Credentials Committee of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a Council Member of the Medical Legal Society of Toronto, a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Women's Future Fund, a Member of the Advocate’s Society, a Member of the University of Toronto Law School Planning Task Force, past Chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada Labour Law Specialty Committee, former Executive Member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and past Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario.