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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/16 May 2019

Law Times: “Lawyers Frustrated by Vacancies at Human Rights Tribunal”

On May 14, 2019,  Kate Hughes’ commentary on vacancies at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) was featured in the Law Times.  ... Read More
News/16 May 2019

Advocate Daily: "Benign Housekeeping or Self-protection?"

Advocate Daily:  "Benign Housekeeping or Self-Protection?" Read More
News/14 May 2019

The Lawyer's Daily: "Ontario Goes Beyond Common Law in Proposed Crown Liability Act"

On May 13, 2019, Stephen Moreau and Lara Koerner’s commentary on Ontario’s proposed Crown Liability and Proceedings Act, 2019 (CLAPA) was ... Read More
News/7 May 2019

Workplace Bullying and Doctors: How Dr. Horne Fought Back on the CBC Podcast White Coat Black Art

Dr. Horne, a Halifax cardiologist and researcher, was bullied by her coworkers who destroyed her reputation in the process. She spent 14 years fightin... Read More
Firm News/1 May 2019

Historic Charter Equality Rights Win for Women Working in Nursing Homes in Ontario Divisional Court

On April 30, 2019, women who work in female-dominated workplaces won a significant and historic Charter equality rights victory in an appeal to the Di... Read More
News/12 April 2019

Advocate Daily: "Class actions needed ‘when governments let us down’"

Advocate Daily:  "Class Actions Needed when Governments 'Let us Down'" Read More

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