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/6 January 2023

Significant Decision for Employees: Court Certifies Unpaid Vacation and Public Holiday Pay Class Action Against RBC Dominion Securities

The class action was initiated by Cavalluzzo LLP

On December 29, 2022, the Ontario Superior Court certified a class proceeding against RBC Dominion Securities, which claims that this employer failed ... Read More
News/15 December 2022

New Court of Appeal Administrative Law Decision Applies Vavilov to Decisions from the Ontario Labour Relations Board

Cavalluzzo LLP lawyers are proud to have represented the Appellants

On November 16, 2022 the Court of Appeal found that the Divisional Court incorrectly quashed three OLRB decisions by misapplying the standard of reaso... Read More
News/12 December 2022

"Duty to Mitigate Doesn’t Mean You Must Take An Inferior Job Offer"

In today's Legal Matters, Jeff Andrew discusses the responsibility of an employee owed severance after being wrongfully dismissed to seek new employme... Read More
News/29 November 2022

Bill 124 Declared Unconstitutional

Significant Win For The Labour Movement

Today, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 substanti... Read More
News/29 November 2022

"Human Rights Ruling is Unlikely to Change how Claims are Adjudicated"

In today's Legal Matters, Jeff Andrew comments on  a recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) ruling that dealt with the jurisdiction of wo... Read More
News/15 November 2022

Cavalluzzo LLP Awarded on The Globe and Mail Canada’s Best Law Firms 2023 List

Recognized in Human Rights and Labour & Employment Law

Cavalluzzo LLP has been awarded on The Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s Best Law Firms 2023 in the Human Rights and Labour & Employment area Read More