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.
I have advised and represented multi-national, national and regional employers of all sizes and across all industry sectors and have been fortunate in my career to have maintained a balanced and broad practice representing 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.
I have been retained as lead Canadian labour and employment counsel in a variety of complex business restructuring and change management initiatives and have assisted clients execute their business decisions with a minimum of disruption.
I am a mediator and provide 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 21 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. In 2017-2018, I am teaching Canadian Employment Law & the Non-Union Workplace, Canadian Labour Law & the Unionized Workplace as well as a new 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.
I am the founder and author of Thoughts from an Employment Lawyer, one of the first Canadian legal blogs and the oldest labour and employment law blog in Canada. The blog has been recognized as one of the leading practitioner legal weblogs in Canada.
Though I live in the Toronto area, I am, at heart, a Montrealer and an unapologetic Habs fan.