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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/25 July 2019

ONA Successfully Challenges Arbitration Decision in Divisional Court

In ONA v Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Arbitrator Dana Randall, the Divisional Court set aside an arbitration award involving a nurse suffering subs... Read More
News/21 June 2019

Divisional Court Quashes York University Decision to Discipline Striking Students

In Ball v Audette, the Divisional Court quashed disciplinary measures taken by York University against members of its graduate student bargaining unit... Read More
News/21 June 2019

Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board Recognized as Top Outcome by the Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Ontario Human Rights Commission recently recognized Talos v. Grand  Erie District School Board as a top outcome in its 2018-2019 Fo... Read More
News/20 June 2019

Congratulations to Cole Eisen on Winning the Canadian Bar Association's 2019 Labour and Employment Law Student Essay Contest

Cole Eisen, a 2019 Cavalluzzo summer student and law student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, was announced as the winner of the Canadian ... Read More
News/20 June 2019

Court of Appeal Rules in Favour of CUPW Casual Workers

On June 11, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in favour of CUPW casual workers in a decision arising from a grievance of a casual postal worker&... Read More
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

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