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CaleyWray

Employment

5 ranked lawyersBand 1OntarioCanada 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Respected firm based in Toronto which offers counsel to trade unions on a range of labour-related issues, including certification attempts, grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining and workers' compensation matters. Provides skilful representation before labour boards, tribunals and courts and is notably active handling human rights claims and workplace health and safety cases. Active in a variety of key sectors, including construction, transportation and healthcare.

Strengths

One source exclaimed: "I think CaleyWray is the top union firm."

Notable practitioners

Denis Ellickson is the managing partner of CaleyWray and excels in a wide range of issues concerning labour relations. He is well known for his work on grievance arbitrations, human rights and wrongful dismissals.

Douglas Wray is widely considered a market leader in union-side labour law. He has represented a number of trade unions in front of several courts, including the Superior Court of Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. He offers notable experience of construction labour relations.

Jesse Kugler is an increasingly prominent practitioner who is equally capable of representing unions, trustees and employees. With further skills in pensions and healthcare plans, he has acted before labour tribunals, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Melissa Kronick is renowned for her representation of unions in litigation, including termination and certification applications. She also acts on non-contentious matters in both the public and private sectors, most notably in the construction sphere.

Michael Church is a widely-respected and highly-experienced practitioner who has represented unions in a variety of matters including drug and alcohol testing, judicial reviews and benefit plans. He is equally adept at acting in front of courts, labour boards and tribunals. Sources variously refer to him as "an able opponent" and "a real class A guy."

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Ontario

Employment & Labour: Labour for Unions


Denis Ellickson
Band 3
Douglas J Wray
Band 1
Jesse Kugler
Band 3
Melissa Kronick
Band 3
Michael Church
Band 2