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Michael P. Fitzgibbon
Management Labour & Employment Law

Since my call to the bar 25 years ago, I have practiced exclusively in the area of labour and employment law on behalf of employers. I began my career as an associate, partner and then equity partner at one of Canada’s largest national full-service law firms and practiced on Bay Street until 2010 when I left to co-found a management-side labour and employment law boutique.

In August 2017 I founded Fitzgibbon Workplace Law as the final step in my goal of establishing a firm that was truly my own and allowed me to service, represent and partner with clients in a collaborative, responsive and strategic way.

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Law is not so much about law as it is about developing legal principles in response to the stories that the employer and employee have written.

Michael P. Fitzgibbon

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Law is not so much about law as it is about developing legal principles in response to the stories that the employer and employee have written.

Michael P. Fitzgibbon

See the philosophy


I have had the pleasure of Mike’s counsel for over 20 years. Mike has not only focused upon great results for the business but has been a great advocate for my personal growth and knowledge. I have come to rely upon Mike to seek to understand the business first thus ensuring alignment of any advice to the uniqueness of the client. Mike is a strategic partner for any business he represents.

David Seymour, Vice President, Labour Relations, Compass Group Canada

I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Fitzgibbon for about seventeen years and he has helped our organization work through some of the many challenges that we face in relation to employment law issues. Mike is an outstanding employment lawyer and his work ethic and attention to detail help to support the great level of service that he has always provided to us. My team depends on Mike whenever we are working through an unusual situation and he is always able to provide thoughtful and insightful advice that supports us in every circumstance. Mike is very responsive and understands complex business issues. I have recommended Mike to many colleagues over the years and will continue to do so. I can always depend on Mike to provide me with guidance to navigate the complicated world of employment law.

Lorraine Blair, CHRE, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, CI Financial Corp.

We retained Mike as our labour and employment law counsel in January 2010. Mike is the most professional, personable, and dedicated labour lawyer we have ever had representing our company over the last twenty plus years. Mike’s quick responses to e-mails and phone calls both day and night, keep the lines of communication flowing whenever we need information the most. By looking ahead two or three steps and giving us excellent advice Mike has given us the information we need to make a well informed decision each and every time. Mike’s great work ethic is always evident as he helps our company with diverse labour issues. With over ninety employees in our company, issues can arise quickly and Mike is always accessible which puts our minds at ease. Mike’s proactive approach helps us plan ahead, put policies in place as our landscape changes and avoid potential future issues. Overall Mike has turned potentially stressful situations, into manageable experiences and it is a pleasure having him on our side.

Michael Attardo, President, Trinity Communications Services Ltd.

PMA Canada has retained the services of Michael Fitzgibbon for almost 15 years. He has provided us with sound legal counsel for all our employment and labour matters and assisted in developing our corporate policies in a continuously changing environment. Michael is a knowledgeable, trusted and valuable advisor to our team and a true professional in all matters. His dedication, quick responsiveness and work ethic are first rate and as a company that has a mission of delivering service excellence to our customers, we greatly appreciate and value the service excellence that Michael provides to our organization.

Randy Dionisi, Chief Financial Officer, PMA Canada Inc.

I am very pleased to recommend Michael Fitzgibbon’s firm and have had the pleasure of working with him for approximately 6 years. Michael has become a trusted advisor and is a very thorough and competent professional. Michael always has our company’s best interests in mind and I always feel that we are in very good hands. He is responsive and is always available to take my calls, even after hours. I have come to rely on Michael’s guidance and patience when working through workplace issues.

Karen McBride, Director Human Resources, SunOpta Inc.

Verve Medical Products Inc. retained Mike to provide us with advice and representation in all our workplace issues. He has assisted us through some complex matters and provided timely and topnotch legal representation. Mike has been responsive, proactive and straightforward in all our dealings. Aside from his legal knowledge, what has been most impressive has been his patience, and the calm way in which he navigates extremely challenging and emotional employment matters. We have been very pleased with the advice and representation we have received.

Wm. A. Sandy Murray, President, Verve Medical Products Inc.

I have known Michael Fitzgibbon for over 20 years and I have, throughout that time, turned to him for labour relations advice and assistance. I have always found him to be very informative and capable, providing the right advice at the time that it was required the most. The way Michael communicates his advice makes total sense to someone who may not be a labour relations professional and he has a knack of putting people at ease no matter what the issue at hand, without sugar-coating. It is my pleasure to recommend Michael Fitzgibbon, he will be there when you need him.

Steve Bujna, National Director Labour Relations, ARMTEC LP

It is my pleasure to recommend Michael Fitzgibbon to corporations seeking professional employment law counsel. UPI Energy first retained Mike’s services over 5 years ago. Today, we rely on Mike for clarification, guidance and expertise in regard to employment law issues. Regardless of the complexity or urgency of the matter, Mike’s effective and efficient responses help execute a plan that is practical, comprehensive and legally sound. Mike is a knowledgeable and trusted advisor and a true asset to our team.

Claire Mumford, Manager, Human Resources, UPI Energy FS