Managing Partner: Carl Peterson
Senior Partner: Roy C. Filion QC
Number of partners: 29
Number of lawyers: 47
Languages: Armenian, Cantonese, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Urdu
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP (Filion) is one of Canada’s largest and highest-ranked law firms practicing exclusively management-side labour and employment law. Filion acts for both federally and provincially regulated employers in the private, public, and broader public sectors.
The firm was founded in 1982 by Roy Filion QC, David Wakely, and Warren Winkler QC, who went on to be appointed Chief Justice of the Province of Ontario. Now with 47 lawyers, the firm has three offices in Ontario and is part of AEC, a Canadian network of L&E specialty firms, as well as L&E GLOBAL, an international alliance of employers’ counsel. Filion is ranked as one of Canada’s Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques (Canadian Lawyer, 2018-2019).
Main Areas of Practice:
Filion’s practice is devoted exclusively to management-side labour and employment law. The firm’s lawyers represent and advise Canadian in-house counsel, executives, managers, and human resources professionals on all aspects of the law governing the employer-employee relationship. They also advise international clients establishing a Canadian presence and those with existing operations on local labour and employment law matters and customs.
The practice includes advising on employers’ rights and obligations in relation to labour relations, employment standards, occupational health and safety, human rights, workers’ compensation, pensions, benefits, pay equity, and the common law.
For employers involved in labour negotiations, the firm participates at the bargaining table or behind the scenes as an advisor. The firm’s lawyers also regularly litigate cases before the courts and numerous administrative tribunals. As well, the firm advises employers in developing and maintaining sound labour relations and employment policies.
Filion’s clients operate in diverse sectors of the economy, including retail, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, education, hospitality, transportation, and government. Many have national or international operations.
National Alliance: Advocates for Employers of Canada | Avocats d’Employeurs du Canada
Filion is a founding member of AEC, a Canadian alliance of management-side labour and employment practices, launched in September of 2019 to better serve clients with cross-country operations. The other member firms are: Cox & Palmer (Atlantic Canada), Lecorre Avocats (Quebec), Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (Manitoba), McLennan Ross LLP (Alberta), and Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP (British Columbia).
L&E GLOBAL Filion is the single Canadian member of L&E GLOBAL, a top-ranked alliance of over 1700 employers’ counsel in more than 150 offices around the world. For clients requiring complex cross-border labour and employment services throughout the world, L&E GLOBAL offers access to a single legal powerhouse.
■ Attendance & Disability Management
■ Collective Bargaining
■ Discipline, Discharge & Terminations
■ Employee Benefits
■ Employee & Management Training
■ Employment Contracts
■ Employment Policies & Practices Employment Standards
■ Grievance & Interest Arbitrations
■ Human Rights Matters
■ Labour Board Representation
■ Occupational Health & Safety
■ Pay Equity
■ Pensions Privacy/Freedom of Information
■ Purchase & Sale/Corporate Restructuring
■ Union Certification & Decertification
■ Workplace Safety & Insurance
■ Wrongful Dismissal & Other Civil Litigation