Since my call to the bar 27 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.
I have advised and represented multi-national, national and regional employers of all sizes and across all industry sectors and in both unionized and non-unionized clients. As such, I have dealt with virtually every labour and employment issue and have represented employers in countless cases before every workplace tribunal in Ontario including the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and Ontario Labour Relations Board, as well as before consensual arbitrators under collective agreements.
My practice these days is limited to providing clients with strategic and advisory services, rather than litigation or advocacy services and representation.
I am regularly retained to conduct workplace investigations into a wide variety of employment issues including allegations of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and violence.
I regularly design and deliver workplace training to senior executives and employees on range of topics including workplace harassment in the #MeToo era, responding to workplace complaints to minimize risk and managing and implementing change initiatives in the workplace in a strategic and legally compliant way.
I am a mediator and offer mediation services in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces to represented parties. My objective is to assist the parties avoid costly litigation or if litigation has already started, to conclusively resolve the dispute with finality and closure. I am a member of the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) and the ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO).
I have taught for the past 23 years at the Centre for Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. I see the value of labour relations and employment law theory where it can be applied in practice. I have taught Canadian Employment Law & the Non-Union Workplace, Canadian Labour Law & the Unionized Workplace as well as a seminar in employment relations entitled Regulation of Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, & Violence.
I have co-authored two books for Carswell, Recent Developments in Union Certification and Decertification and Understanding Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, and have written extensively on a wide range of labour and employment law topics. I speak regularly at conferences and seminars including at the Canadian Bar Association, Québec Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, and Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario. I have been interviewed by, among others, MacLean’s, CBC, Report on Business, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Lawyer’s Weekly, Law Times, Canadian Lawyer and the CBA National Magazine on a variety of labour and employment law issues.
Though I live in the Toronto area, I am, at heart, a Montrealer and an unapologetic Habs fan.