Cavalluzzo lawyers are distinguished by their commitment to providing excellent legal advice and representation and their dedication to advancing equality and social justice. Since 1983, our firm has been advocating on behalf of working people and equity-seeking groups and individuals in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.
Our practice is varied – encompassing labour, public, pension, administrative, Charter, health, education, employment law and class actions, as well as professional regulation, inquiries and inquests – but our dedication to superior advocacy is constant. We represent trade unions, professionals and professional associations, non-unionized employees, multi-employer pension and benefit plans, and other organizations and individuals, in both the public and private sector, assisting them with day-to-day legal problems as well as long-term legal and policy strategies.
We are client-focused and professional. We provide prompt and clear advice and representation. We work to make complex issues understandable and try to ensure that simple matters stay that way. We always discuss with clients in advance the costs associated with large and small projects.
We believe strongly in promoting solidarity and raising awareness of issues affecting the rights of women, persons of diverse racial, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, persons with disabilities and those with different political views and all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Because we are passionate about what we do, we are fierce and innovative advocates. Our lawyers have won precedent-setting cases, including at the Supreme Court of Canada, and promoted progressive legislative change. Whatever challenge our clients are facing, we are ready to work collaboratively and creatively to solve it.
WE HAVE A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE
The firm was founded in 1983 by Paul Cavalluzzo, Jim Hayes, and Elizabeth Shilton. Their objective was to create a distinctive firm that would be recognized for excellence and a commitment to social justice and equality, particularly in the field of labour law. Partners David Bloom and Bernie Hanson joined the firm shortly after its founding.
In 1988, Elizabeth McIntyre, of the feminist law firm Symes, Kitely, McIntyre, joined the firm, and Mary Cornish, founder of the feminist law firm Cornish Advocates, joined the firm in 1994. Their expertise in health law, labour law and human rights broadened the firm’s practice in those areas.
Although the firm has continued to grow and evolve, its commitment to the founders’ core values has remained the same. We have been counsel in some of the leading labour and employment cases in Canada, including constitutional cases recognizing that the Charter protects the right to bargain collectively and ground-breaking human rights cases addressing racial and gender-based discrimination, among many others.
Over the years, we have been joined by talented lawyers, growing in number and in breadth of experience. We represent trade unions, organizations, and individuals in both the public and private sector, and in every profession. Our clients include teachers, musicians, nurses, crown attorneys, doctors, engineers, pilots, athletes, health care professionals, judges, postal workers, machinists, airline workers, service workers, industrial workers, retail workers, pension plans, equality seeking groups and community organizations.
We strive to continue the tradition of excellence and client service established by our founding partners.
We advise clients on legal matters and advocate for them at administrative tribunals, in arbitrations and civil proceedings, at professional discipline hearings and in inquiries and inquests.
French Language Services
We provide services in French to clients, including representation in court and at arbitration and advice in labour and employment matters.
Education and Training Services
We design and deliver educational and training seminars for clients and the public on substantive areas of law. We also provide hands-on skills training to stewards, grievance officers and others.
Our newsletter and blog provide current information on legal and policy developments.
We assist our clients in law reform initiatives and in shaping public policy in a range of areas, including equity and human rights law, pension and benefits law, airline industry restructuring, regulation of professionals, health law, education law, occupational health and safety, collective bargaining legislation, jurisdictional disputes, and issues in the construction industry. In addition to advising labour and professional organizations and administrative bodies, we provide consulting services to international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
Our lawyers provide strategic advice to our institutional clients. We assist unions in positioning themselves for organizing drives, collective bargaining, changes resulting from re‑organization and privatization, worker ownership, internal organizational issues and other issues affecting a union’s long-term goals.
In-House Counsel Services
We act as a resource to in-house counsel by consulting on complex litigation and acting as co-counsel on request. We also provide research and educational services to in-house counsel to assist them in meeting their organization’s legal and policy objectives.
We represent a wide range of clients, including lawyers, health care workers and others, in interest arbitrations. We also sit as nominees on interest arbitration boards and other tribunals established to resolve collective agreements, salary or other issues.
Legal and Public Policy Research and Writing
We have a group of lawyers with specialized expertise in research, analysis and written advocacy. Their work includes providing written representation and written materials to clients including factums, opinions, briefs on government policy issues, labour board briefs and written submissions.
In addition to providing advice and assistance to our clients on collective bargaining, we negotiate collective agreements for unions and other organizations.