Bio

Lauren practices in the areas of Pensions and Benefits, Education Law and Labour and Professional Regulation. 

In her Pensions practice, Lauren provides advice and representation to union, individual and Board of Trustees clients with respect to jointly sponsored, multi-employer and single-employer pension plans. She provides advice on matters such as plan amendments, governance and wind up, legislative compliance, trustee liability and individual benefit entitlements, and representation in related litigation. 

In her Benefits practice, Lauren effectively and efficiently acts for unions and individual clients in a range of matters, including providing advice concerning claims for disability benefits, representation in long-term disability insurance benefits litigation and appeals, and advice and representation in Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits appeals.  

Lauren represents unions and their members in a variety of other areas, including collective agreement, professional regulation and criminal matters. She represents unions and individual clients at the Ontario College of Teachers, the College of Early Childhood Educators, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and at grievance arbitrations, as well as before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Appeal. 

Lauren joined Cavalluzzo as an associate in 2013 after summering and articling with the firm. Lauren received her J.D. from the University of Ottawa. 

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Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School - Certificate in Pension Law, 2015
  • Call to the Ontario Bar, 2013
  • University of Ottawa, J.D., 2012
  • Mount Allison University, B.A., 2007

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • The Advocates' Society
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Related Events

Event/May 5, 2019: 15:15 - 16:30

Lauren Sheffield Speaks at 2019 CAPSLE Conference

On May 5 2019, Lauren Sheffield spoke about accommodations in the workplace setting at the 2019 CAPSLE conference.  Drawing from arbitration...
Event/Mar 2, 2019: 13:00 - 16:00

Lauren Sheffield Participates in Osgoode Public Interest Career Day

Lauren Sheffield participates in Osgoode's 18th Annual Public Interest Career Day.  The purpose of this day is to increase law students' awarenes...
Event/Mar 6, 2019: 14:00 - 16:00

Lauren Sheffield Participates in Windsor Law Career Day

Lauren Sheffield participates in Windsor Law "Career Day".  She will be at a booth promoting the firm to Windsor law students.
Event/Apr 29, 2017

Robyn White and Lauren Sheffield speak at 2017 CAPSLE Conference: "In the Land of Living Skies: Expanding Horizons in Education and the Law"

Robyn White and Lauren Sheffield speak at the 2017 CAPSLE Conference: "In the Land of Living Skies: Expanding Horizons in Education and the Law". They...

Related Blogs

Blog/26 April 2021

Unjust Dismissals under the Canada Labour Code

The law of unjust dismissals in federally regulated workplaces

Employees of federally regulated employers are protected from unjust dismissal. This protection does not exist for most workers in Ontario employed by...
Blog/1 April 2021

Complaints and Discipline Process at the OCT: An Overview

From Complaint to Decision: How does the Ontario College of Teachers investigate complaints about members' conduct?

Lauren Sheffield provides an overview of how the Ontario College of Teachers investigates complaints about members' conduct through their Complaints a...
Blog/30 March 2021

FSRA Releases Consultation on Proposed Guidance on Pension Administration on Marriage Breakdown

FSRA consults on its proposed Interpretation and Approach Guidance regarding the processes for the valuation and division of pensions upon marriage breakdown

Cavalluzzo lawyers comment on FSRA's recent call for consultation on its "Proposed Guidance on Pension Administration on Marriage Breakdown". This blo...
Blog/22 March 2021

FSRA Releases Leading Practices for Defined Benefit Multi-Employer Pension Plans

On March 16, 2021 FRSA released its guidance concerning governance, risk management and communication practices

On March 16, FSRA published “Defined Benefit Multi-Employer Pension Plans – Leading Practices”, its guidance for Defined Benefit Multi-Employer Pensio...

Cases

Case/8 May 2018

Wayne (Steve) Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board

Paul Cavalluzzo and Adrienne Telford acted for the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, and Kate Hughes and Lauren Sheffield acted for ...
Case/22 November 2017

E.T. and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Christian Legal Fellowship, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and Attorney General of Ontario

Kate Hughes and Lauren Sheffield act  for the Intervenor the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario in E.T. and Hamilton-Wentworth District S...