WORKPLACE SAFETY & INSURANCE LAW

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US

John has devoted his entire legal career to advising, training, and representing Employers in the complete range of Workplace Safety & Insurance Law matters, with emphasis on Claims Management, Return to Work, and Appeals before the WSIB and WSIAT.

He has been Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Workplace Safety & Insurance Law since 1997, and is recognized as a "Leading Practitioner" in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

A native Montrealer, John attended Loyola prior to moving to Toronto, where he graduated cum laude from the University of Toronto with a degree in Philosophy. He earned his Law degree at Osgoode Hall, and articled with a personal injury and medical malpractice firm in Toronto, where he helped launch a constitutional challenge to the then-Workers' Compensation Act.

John was called to the Bar in 1986, and has served as an instructor in the Bar Admission Course on Workers' Compensation Law.

He has devoted his entire legal career to protecting the interests of the complete spectrum of Employers - from institutional organizations to local companies, to multinational corporations - in all matters involving the WSIB and WSIAT.

John was Employer counsel in the test case on the impact of the then-newly proclaimed Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act on the claim file access provisions in Ontario's Workers' Compensation legislation. He was successful in his arguments, thereby ensuring that Employers would continue to have access to workers' claim file documentation, irrespective of the provisions of FIPPA.

John sits as an Employer-side nominee on labour arbitration panels, is a regular speaker at conferences, a frequent contributor to Human Resources and industry publications, and an active member of the County of Carleton Law Association, the Ottawa Board of Trade, the Ottawa Construction Association, numerous other industry and trade associations, and the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi.

Emily joined the Firm in 2018.

She is a graduate of the Paralegal program at Algonquin College.

Prior thereto, Emily earned her degree in Human Rights from Carleton University, with a concentration in Law, and courses in Psychology – an area of particular importance in light of recent changes to the landscape of WSIB stress claims.

Emily brings to the table a keen intellect, lively mind, and tremendous resourcefulness, which she diligently applies in conducting legal, medical, and scientific research to better help us protect the interests of our valued Employer clientele.