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/13 October 2021

"Don't Make Assumptions when Claiming Constructive Dismissal"

In today's Legal Matters, Jeff Andrew discusses essential issues to consider when making a constructive dismissal claim. A full copy of the commentary... Read More
News/5 October 2021

Proposed Settlement Agreement Reached on the Cineflix Class Action

Proposed Agreement Could Be the First of Its Kind in this Industry

Lawyers Stephen Moreau and Sean Fitzpatrick reach a proposed settlement agreement with Cineflix on the Cineflix class action. This Agreement will see ... Read More
News/14 September 2021

Cavalluzzo LLP Recognized in 2022 Chambers Canada Guide

Leading Union-Side Labour and Employment Firm

Cavalluzzo LLP is proud to have been recognized once again as a leading union-side labour and employment law firm in the 2022 Chambers Canada Guide Read More
News/26 August 2021

Eleven Cavalluzzo Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers 2022 Edition

Cavalluzzo LLP also been named “Law Firm of the Year”

Eleven Cavalluzzo Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers 2022 Edition, and Cavalluzzo LLP also been named “Law Firm of the Year” expertise in Labour and E... Read More
News/23 August 2021

"Do Employees Have Upper Hand in Post Pandemic World?"

In today's Legal Matters, Jeff Andrew discusses how the economic turmoil brought on by the coronavirus pandemic caused many people to re-evaluate thei... Read More
News/9 August 2021

"Sunday Work, Employees’ Right to Refuse, and Employers’ Obligations"

Jeffrey Andrews comments on employers' duty to accommodate

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