Our History

We have a history of excellence

The firm was founded in 1983 by Paul Cavalluzzo, Jim Hayes, and Elizabeth Shilton. Their objective was to create a distinctive firm that would be recognized for excellence and a commitment to social justice and equality, particularly in the field of labour law. Partners David Bloom and Bernie Hanson joined the firm shortly after its founding.

In 1988, Elizabeth McIntyre, of the feminist law firm Symes, Kitely, McIntyre, joined the firm, and Mary Cornish, founder of the feminist law firm Cornish Advocates, joined the firm in 1994. Their expertise in health law, labour law and human rights broadened the firm’s practice in those areas.   

Although the firm has continued to grow and evolve, its commitment to the founders’ core values has remained the same. We have been counsel in some of the leading labour and employment cases in Canada, including constitutional cases recognizing that the Charter protects the right to bargain collectively and ground-breaking human rights cases addressing racial and gender-based discrimination, among many others.

Over the years, we have been joined by talented lawyers, growing in number and in breadth of experience. We represent trade unions, organizations, and individuals in both the public and private sector, and in every profession. Our clients include teachers, musicians, nurses, crown attorneys, doctors, engineers, pilots, athletes, health care professionals, judges, postal workers, machinists, airline workers, service workers, industrial workers, retail workers, pension plans, equality seeking groups and community organizations.

We strive to continue the tradition of excellence and client service established by our founding partners.

Recent News

In the News/4 February 2021

Cavalluzzo LLP Secures Major Win for Employees of the Bankrupt Aveos Company

The End of a Long Saga

On February 3, 2021, the Federal Court issued a decision that puts an end to a long and unfortunate saga.  In 2012, a large aircraft maintenance ... Read More
News/28 January 2021

New Partner Announcement

Cavalluzzo LLP is very pleased to announce that Niiti Simmonds and Michael Mandarino have joined our partnership.

Cavalluzzo LLP is very pleased to announce that Niiti Simmonds and Michael Mandarino have joined our partnership. We wish them both ongoing success as... Read More
In the News/19 January 2021

Province Called on to Close Courts, Move to Remote Proceedings

A group of lawyers, judges and courthouse employees have signed a letter calling on the Government of Ontario to shut down in-person court proceedings... Read More
News/18 January 2021

"Accessing Personal WhatsApp Messages on Shared Work Laptop an Invasion of Privacy"

Sean Fitzpatrick and Michael Thorburn represented the Canadian Media Guild in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v Canadian Media Guild, wher... Read More
News/26 November 2020

Ryan White Interviewed by Professor David Doorey of Osgoode Hall Law School

Ryan White speaks to LLM students regarding the OLRB's decision that Foodora couriers are employees and not independent contractors

Osgoode Hall's Professor David Doorey interviewed Ryan White regarding the Foodora Unionization Decision and its impact on the gig economy. Read More
News/13 November 2020

Cynthia Crysler appointed to FSRA Technical Advisory Committee on Public Sector Pension Plans

Cynthia Crysler was recently appointed to the FSRA Technical Advisory Committee on Public Sector Pension Plans.  The mandate of this committee is... Read More