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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

News/31 March 2020

Foodora Couriers Win Right to Join Union

Foodora Couriers win Right to Join Union in Historic Precedent for Gig Economy Workers   Read More
News/18 March 2020

Firm Operations in Light of COVID-19

Cavalluzzo LLP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the recommendations of the local, provincial and federal public health autho... Read More
In the News/5 March 2020

Court Approves Blyth Academy Class Action Settlement

On March 3, 2020, the Superior Court approved a settlement reached settling the Blyth Academy Action.  This significant achievement and result re... Read More
In the News/12 February 2020

Canadian Lawyer Names Cavalluzzo as one of Canada's Top 5 Union Side Labour and Employment Boutiques

Cavalluzzo has been named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the country’s top 5 Labour and Employment Boutiques – Labour Side. &n... Read More
News/6 February 2020

Danielle Bisnar Judges at BLSA'S Julius Alexander Isaac Moot

On February 7 to 8, Danielle Bisnar judges the Julius Alexander Isaac Moot.  The Isaac Moot is a competitive, for-credit moot, organized by the B... Read More
News/30 January 2020

Closing Arguments Heard in Key Case over Future of Gig Economy

Closing arguments were heard today regarding the Foodora case at the Labour Board.  A copy of the Toronto Star article regarding the hearing can ... Read More

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