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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

Firm News/15 February 2019

Grassy Narrows First Nation Pow Wow

Grassy Narrows is hosting a pow wow February 16-17, 2019. Cavalluzzo is a proud supporter of the pow wow, which is an important event meant to strengt... Read More
Firm News/12 February 2019

Tassia Poynter quoted in Law Times

Tassia Poynter was quoted in the January 28, 2019 edition of Law Times regarding a recently proposed class action lawsuit alleging that television pro... Read More
News/12 February 2019

SHAUN O’BRIEN APPOINTED TO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE IN ONTARIO

Shaun O’Brien, formerly a partner with Cavalluzzo, was recently appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario.  The firm wishes to ... Read More
Firm News/6 February 2019

Public release of FAFIA & Partners final submissions to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Today the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), Canada Without Poverty, and Dr. Pamela Palmater ("FAFIA & Partners") public... Read More
News/1 February 2019

Federal Court Approves Settlement in EI Sickness Class Action

On January 29, 2019, the Federal Court approved the settlement the Firm reached with the Government of Canada resolving the EI sickness class action o... Read More
News/17 January 2019

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms that Construction Lien Act Deemed Trusts Survive Bankruptcy

In The Guarantee Company of Canada v. Royal Bank of Canada, a panel of five judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that statutory deemed trus... Read More

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