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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/3 July 2020

Tyler Boggs Quoted in Toronto Star Article: “Human Rights Ruling Finds Sexual Harassment Common Among Toronto Police”

Tyler Boggs was recently quoted in the Toronto Star article titled “ Human Rights Ruling Finds Sexual Harassment Common Among Toronto Police.&nb... Read More
In the News/3 July 2020

Landmark Pay Equity Win for the Association of Ontario Midwives

In landmark legal decisions in 2018 (Liability Decision) and 2020  (Remedy Decision), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) ... Read More
News/17 June 2020

Cavalluzzo Lawyers Present at Six-Minute Labour Conference

Danielle Bisnar, Adrienne Telford and Ryan White present at the Law Society of Ontario’s Six-Minute Labour Law Conference, available as a on-dem... Read More
News/11 June 2020

Cavalluzzo Lawyers’ at Forefront of Advocacy for Women’s Pay Equity in Nursing Homes

Cavalluzzo lawyers’ at the forefront of advocacy for women’s pay equity in nursing homes as highlighted in the Globe and Mail, June 11, 20... Read More
News/9 June 2020

Anti-Black Racism and Systemic Discrimination Must End

Since George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis in late May of this year and the video recording of this incident became public, we ha... Read More
News/3 June 2020

Cynthia Crysler Joins Firm as Head of Pensions and Benefits Practice

Cavalluzzo LLP is thrilled that Cynthia Crysler has joined the Firm as a Partner. Cynthia will lead the Firm’s Pensions and Benefits Practice.&n... Read More

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