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Robert M. Church

Associate

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P 416.775.4682 P 416.775.4682 F 416.366.3293

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Assistant

Sasha Hardtman P 416-366-3763 x245 P 416-366-3763 x245

Robert’s clients can feel confident that their matters will be resolved efficiently and with their best interests in mind. With previous experience working for a large municipality and university, Robert brings additional insight and perspective to the labour and employment issues facing the unions and individuals he represents.

His strong litigation skills and experience in the courts allows him to strategically advocate for his clients, achieving exceptional results such as:

  • Primeline Windows and Doors, [2015] O.L.R.B. Rep. January/February 183, in which the union successfully achieved the interim reinstatement by the OLRB of four inside organizers who had been terminated during an organizing drive;
  • Mitchison v. IBEW District 1, Canada et al., 2014 ONSC 168, in which the IBEW and its local union successful argued that a $700,000 defamation action against the IBEW and its local officers should be dismissed for delay;
  • Service Corp. International (Canada) ULC v. Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada, [2013] O.J. No. 3526, in which the SEIU, Local 1 Canada successfully argued to dismiss an injunction brought by an employer in the Superior Court of Justice to prohibit picketing during a lockout.

Robert’s practice spans all areas of labour and employment law, plus experience in privacy and defamation law. He has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Divisional Court, Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Social Security Tribunal, the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration, and arbitration boards.

After articling at a large labour and employment firm in Toronto and serving as in-house counsel for a large Ontario municipality, Robert joined CaleyWray in 2013.

Education

  • Call to Bar: 2011
  • J.D., Queen's University Faculty of Law, 2010
  • B.A. (with Distinction), McGill University, 2007

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Advisory Committee – Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Queen’s University

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