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/29 September 2022

Firm Operations in Person

The Firm has transitioned back to operating mainly in person. At present, we are maintaining the following precautions. We ask all who attend our offi... Read More
News/25 August 2022

Twelve Cavalluzzo Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers 2023 Edition

Recognized in Six Different Practice Areas

Twelve Cavalluzzo Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers 2023 Edition, in six different practice areas Read More
News/23 June 2022

"Basic Income Class Action Lawsuit can Proceed: Ontario Court of Appeal"

Kaley Duff quoted in Lindsay Advocate

Kaley Duff is quoted in today's edition of the Lindsay Advocate, commenting on the recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal that the Basic Incom... Read More
News/22 June 2022

"Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour Dangerous to your Career"

Jeff Andrew discusses the dangers of inappropriate workplace behaviour in Legal Matters

In today's Legal Matters, Jeff Andrew discusses the dangers of inappropriate workplace behaviour such as sexualized banter or any form of non-consensu... Read More
News/16 June 2022

Stephen Moreau Quoted in Law Times and The Lawyer's Daily

Moreau discusses his client's recent victory in Rahman v Cannon Design Architecture Inc

Stephen Moreau is quoted today in both The Law Times and The Lawyers Daily, commenting on the Ontario Court of Appeal's recent decision in Rahman v Ca... Read More
News/13 June 2022

Ontario Midwives Win at Ontario Court of Appeal in Fight to Address the Gender Pay Gap

The ONCA upholds the decision of the HRTO, finding that the Ontario government systemically discriminated against midwives on the basis of sex

The ONCA upholds the decision of the HRTO, finding that the Ontario government systemically discriminated against midwives on the basis of sex. Cavall... Read More