CANADA’S ONLY NATIONAL BOUTIQUE LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM
Mathews Dinsdale is the only boutique labour and employment law firm in Canada with offices coast-to-coast, in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, allowing us to better service employers across Canada. Mathews Dinsdale was the first law firm in Canada, and one of the first in North America, to exclusively provide labour and employment law services to employers. For over 60 years, the Firm’s lawyers have been involved in many of the cases that have shaped and redefined the landscape of workplace law in Canada.
Mathews Dinsdale continues to enjoy a reputation as one of Canada’s leading labour and employment law firms, with the Firm’s lawyers regarded as some of the leading and most respected legal practitioners in their fields. Our Firm is recognized by Lexpert® for our expertise in Labour Relations and Construction Labour Relations across Canada. We have the largest, most experienced, and highest ranked Occupational Health & Safely and WSIB combined practice in Canada. And have been repeatedly ranked by Canadian Lawyer magazine amongst the Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques in Canada.
Mathews Dinsdale represents both private and public sector employers with clients comprising of Canada’s largest employers both federally and provincially regulated. Private sector clients extend from small independent businesses to large multi-national corporations, operating in all sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, retail, construction and information technology. A significant portion of the Firm’s practice also involves advising public and broader public sector employers, including municipalities, hospitals, school boards, emergency services providers and not-for-profit organizations.
In 2013, Mathews Dinsdale integrated the services of CompClaim, a workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety consulting firm, and it provides employers with seamless access to legal, financial, safety and medical professionals.
In 2015, Mathews Dinsdale became the sole Canadian member of Ius Laboris, the world’s largest alliance of labour and employment law firms uniquely positioning us to assist employers with all their local, national and international workplace needs.
Mathews Dinsdale lawyers regularly appear on behalf of employers before provincial labour relations boards, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, arbitrators, provincial workers’ compensation boards, provincial human rights tribunals and various other federal and provincial boards and tribunals. They also represent employers before all levels of courts in wrongful dismissal actions, occupational health and safety matters, judicial reviews of decisions made by administrative tribunals, to obtain injunctive relief and to enforce competition and solicitation covenants. In addition to advocacy services, our lawyers also advise employers on matters such as collective bargaining, creating compliant human resources policies and avoiding the adverse labour relations and employment law consequences associated with the purchase, sale or restructuring of a business.
Through CompClaim, consulting services are provided to employers to assist with matters that include workplace accident investigations, case management and the facilitation of early and safe return to work.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Labour and Employment (Workplace Law) including: Attendance Management; Collective Bargaining; Construction Sector Labour Relations; Discipline and Termination of Employment; Employee Drug and Alcohol Abuse Management; Employment Contracts; Employment Standards; Grievances and Arbitration; Human Rights; Injunctions; Interest Arbitration; Judicial Review and Appellate Matters; Labour Relations; Occupational Health and Safety; Pay Equity; Pensions; Privacy and Employee Information; Purchase and Sale, Restructuring and Closure of a Business; Third Party Investigation; Union Organizing and Applications for Certification; Workplace Immigration Matters; Privacy Law; Workplace Policies and Practices; Workplace Safety and Insurance; Wrongful Dismissal.
Private Sector: Aerospace, Food and Beverage, Food Products, Private Schools, Agriculture and Horticulture, Pulp and Paper, Airline, Hospitality, Entertainment, Gaming, Retail Operations, Real Estate, Airport Authorities, Brewing, Information Technology, Sports and Entertainment, Broadcasting, Long-Term Care, Steel, Charities, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Construction, Medical Services, The Arts, Electronics, Mining, Tourism, Energy, Nursing Homes, Transportation, Financial Services, Insurance, Petro-chemical, Warehousing and Distribution, Waste and Recycling Management.
Public Sector: Community Services, Municipal Governments, Education, Not-For-Profit Services, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing Homes, First Nations, Police and Fire Services, Government Services, Provincial Government Ministries, Hospitals, Public Utilities, Long-Term Care, Social Housing.
LAWYERS AND THEIR YEAR OF CALL TO THE BAR
Number of Partners: 37 | Number of Associates: 23 | Number of Consultants: 3
William G. Phelps, QC (1968); Joseph Liberman (1971); Raymond A. Werry (1972); Stephen C. Bernardo (1973); Richard Baldwin (1974); B. Hal P. Rolph (1978); Mark D. Contini (1980); Susan J. Houston (1980); Paula M. Rusak (1980); Steven F. Wilson (1980); Walter R. Thornton (1984); Mark D. Mills (1985); Neil A. Ornstein (1985); Cheryl A. Edwards (1986); Stephen McArthur (1987); S. David Gorelle (1988); M. Elizabeth Keenan (1991); Keith J. Murray (1993); M. Vos (1993); Greg McGinnis (1996); Paul D. McLean (1996); Tara Erskine, QC (1996); Joseph K. Morrison (1996); David J. Defrancesco (1998); Daniel L. Leone (2000); David L. Francis (2001); Loretta Bouwmeester (2002); Sonia Regenbogen (2002); Ian B. St. John (2002); Jeremy Warning (2002); Chris Fiore (2003); Herbert H. Law (2005); A. Ryan Anderson (2006); Gradin D. Tyler (2008); Kyle MacIsaac (2008); Andrew W. Reynolds (2009); Kris Israel (2010); Katie Van Nostrand (2010); L. Brienza (2010); Dan E. Attwell (2011); James C. McKeown (2011); C. Wardell (2011); Sara J. Malkin (2012); Deanah Shelly (2012); Erich R. Schafer (2012); Shawn D. Adkins (2013); Natasha Jategaonkar (2014); Jeffrey Rochwerg (2014); Sarah E. Smith (2014); Wilson Chan (2014); Marcus Giacobbi (2015); Casey Caldwell (2016); Sydney Kruth (2016); Julie Weller (2016); Mark Bout (2016); Caroline Spindler (2016); Jamila Bolahood (2017); Ben Contini (2017); Matthew Craig (2017); Hilary Grice (2017).