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As the senior partner and co-founder in his firm, Paul is a leading constitutional, labour and administrative law lawyer, arguing significant cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Courts of Ontario, and labour and administrative tribunals.

Paul was appointed by Associate Chief Justice Dennis O'Connor to act as lead commission counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar. Previously, Paul acted as lead commission counsel in the Walkerton Inquiry. In this role, Paul was responsible for ensuring all necessary evidence was brought forward to determine the cause of the May, 2000 e coli water supply crisis.

More recently, Paul has been appointed by the Federal Minister of Justice to act as a Special Advocate in security certificate cases. In this regard, Paul acts as counsel representing the interests of persons alleged to be threats to the national security of Canada in top secret hearings before the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa. Paul's role is to ensure that the top secret evidence relied upon by the government is reliable and that as much information as possible is released to the named person so that he is given an opportunity to defend against the allegations. Paul is presently acting in two security certificate cases which have been ongoing since February 2008.

Although Paul has been thoroughly engaged in these public interest roles since 2000, he has continued in his private practice representing his clients in important cases before the courts. For example, in the last few years he has argued many significant cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.  These cases will all have a significant effect upon the development of the law in Canada.

In the education law field, Paul has been extensively involved in constitutional litigation over educational and denominational school rights. This includes cases such as the extension of full funding to Roman Catholic Separate Schools and defeating the Ontario Government's 1997 injunction application to force protesting teachers back to work under Bill 160.

As an advocate and advisor on legal and public policy issues, Paul has provided advice and representation to trade unions, professional organizations, and governments concerning law reform issues.  In the area of constitutional law, Paul has argued many cases before the Supreme Court of Canada including cases in which the court recognized a constitutional right to bargain collectively and a constitutional right to strike.  He has also argued many important administrative law and labour law cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

In the area of International Law, Paul has been an invited expert at international conferences on labour-management relations in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico under NAFTA and the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation (NAALC) as well as representing clients before the International Labour Organization. Because of his role as lead commission counsel to the Arar Inquiry, Paul has been asked to appear before American, British and European legislative committees.

Paul was awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and the Law Society Medal for his contributions to social justice, equality and the rule of law in Canada.

Paul graduated with honours from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1970 and Harvard Law School in 1971.

Education

  • Call to the Bar, 1973
  • Harvard, LL.M., 1971
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B, 1970

Memberships

  • American Colleges of Trial Lawyers
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

Accolades

  • Leading Practitioner in Labour Law, American Lexpert Directory, 2016
  • Leading Practitioner in Employment Law, Labour Law, Public Law Litigation, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014 and 2015
  • "Lawyer of the Year" for Best Lawyers' Toronto Administrative and Public Law, 2014
  • “Lawyer of the Year” for Toronto Labour and Employment Law, 2013
  • Order of Canada, 2013
  • "Lawyer of the Year" for Toronto Administrative and Public Law, Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Order of Ontario, 2012
  • “Lawyer of the Year” for Toronto Labour and Employment Law, 2009
  • Law Society Metal, 2005
  • Leading Lawyer, Consistently rated in “Lexpert/American Lawyer: Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada”
  • Leading Lawyer, Consistently rated as one of “The Best Lawyers in Canada”
  • Leading Lawyer, Consistently rated in “Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers.”
  • Law Society Medal for significant contributions to the legal profession and the practice of law, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Rated in Chambers and Partners Global rating guide

Related Events

Event/Feb 8, 2017

Paul Cavalluzzo Speaks at Osgoode Hall Law School Class: "Intelligence Agencies, Judges, and the Advance Authorization of Charter Infringements"

Paul Cavalluzzo is speaking at Osgoode Hall Law school's class: "Intelligence Agencies, Judges, and the Advance Authorization of Charter Infringements...
Event/Apr 7, 2015

Paul Cavalluzzo Speaks at the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights Forum

Paul Cavalluzzo is speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights forum, presented in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congres...
Event/Apr 14, 2015

Paul Cavalluzzo Speaks at Unifor Forum

Paul Cavalluzzo is speaking at a UNIFOR forum in Toronto.  He will be speaking about the scope of Bill C-51 on a panel entitled:  "Bill C-51...
Event/Apr 22, 2015

Paul Cavalluzzo Speaks at Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Paul Cavalluzzo speaks at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace on a workshop on the Right to Strike: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. ...

Related Publications

Article/6 February 2014

Mr. Hudak - Learn Your Canadian History

In recent days, we have seen a number of provincial Tory candidates express concerns with some of Tim Hudak's policies, particularly his position on "... Read More
Article/29 November 2013

The Year in Review in Labour and Employment Law

2013 was another eventful year on the labour and employment law fronts. The workplace continues to be the locus of much litigation before courts and t... Read More

Cases

Case/30 April 2013

Douglas v. Canada

Douglas v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 FC 451 In July 2010, Alexander Chapman filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), allegin...
Case/2 January 2013

Canada Post Corporation v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Canada Post Corporation v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2013 CanLII 260 (ON LA). On November 18, 2009, the grievor, a mobile letter courier, with...
Case/23 June 2010

Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Toronto Police Service

Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Toronto Police Service, 2010 ONSC 3525. Long Range Acoustical Devices (“LRAD”), colloquially descr...
Case/19 December 2012

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada v. Canada (Attorney General)

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada v. Canada (Attorney General), 2012 SCC 71 (CanLII) There are three pension plans involved in th...

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