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/20 April 2021

Multi-Employer Target Benefit Plans: The Funding And Governance Connection

Cynthia Crysler Contributes to April Issue of Benefits and Pensions Monitor

Cynthia Crysler contributes to Benefits and Pensions Monitor with a comprehensive explanation of multi-employer target benefit pension plans (MEPPs) a... Read More
News/20 April 2021

"The Pandemic is Now Reflected in Severances, Notice Periods"

In today's Legal Matters commentary, Stephen Moreau discusses a recent Queen’s Bench of Alberta judgment. This decisions indicates that eco... Read More
News/9 April 2021

Article Written by Cavalluzzo Published on Legal Matters Canada

Published Article Focuses on How Complaints Against Ontario Teachers are Investigated

Article written by Lauren Sheffield published on Legal Matters Canada. Article focuses on how complaints against Ontario teachers are investigated Read More
News/7 April 2021

Former Partner Mary Cornish Interviewed to Discuss Pay Equity Laws in Ontario

Interview Released as part of Equal Pay Day

Former Partner Mary Cornish Interviewed to Discuss Pay Equity Laws in Ontario on Equal Pay Day Read More
News/31 March 2021

"Weighing the Benefits of the Plan to Help Gig Workers"

Jeffrey Andrew discusses how Uber’s proposal to tweak labour laws in order to give app-based gig workers benefits could be viewed as an attempt to dis... Read More
News/19 March 2021

Cavalluzzo Mourns Lives Lost in Atlanta Shootings

Cavalluzzo LLP is horrified by the recent shootings in Atlanta and the resulting loss of eight lives. Regardless of the stated motives of the individu... Read More