Norm Keith is a labour and employment lawyer and specializes in wrongful dismissal, health & safety, fiduciary duty and workers' compensation advice and litigation. He advises clients in a broad range of human resources, human rights, civil rights and workplace risk management matters. He represents clients in courts and tribunals in a broad range of employment litigation including employment standards, privacy law, competing employees, restrictive covenants, human rights complaints, AODA complaints, safety related work refusals, appeals of MOL Orders, Charter applications and Constitutional challenges.
Norm is a trusted advisor to clients in the areas of contract negotiation, license agreements, publishing agreements and collective bargaining; he represents clients in the publishing, the visual arts, live theatre production and film industries. Norm coordinates intellectual property, merger and acquisition, and tax advice as a client manager for numerous domestic and international clients.
Norm is also a co-founder of Fasken Martineau’s White Collar Crime, Investigations and Compliance practice group and continues to be an active member of that practice group. While completing his Master of Law degree in 2010, at Osgoode Hall Law School, he focused on legal research and writing on White Collar Crime, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Legal Risk Management. He has represented and advised clients across Canada in criminal and regulatory internal investigations, enforcement proceedings and prosecutions. Norm also teaches a course on Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
Norm is an accomplished trial lawyer and a recognized leader in his fields of expertise. During his career he has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has successfully defended over 1,000 charges under regulatory and criminal statutes and regulations. He is counsel and trusted advisor of choice to many clients in the construction, energy, forestry, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, transportation industries and has represented a variety of emergency services and all levels of government from Municipalities to the Federal Government.
Norm completed Ironman Austria in June 2014, his fourth Ironman distance triathlon. Norm has worked as a hard rock miner, in the Sudbury area of Northern Ontario, as a labourer on construction projects and at a major Canadian bank. He recently was asked to be a judge in the prestigious Canada's Safest Employer award in 2014.
Norm earned his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 1998, making him the first practising lawyer in Canada to achieve the CRSP designation. He has written numerous articles, is an accomplished speaker, and has authored 12 books including Corporate Crime and Accountability in Canada, Canadian Health and Safety Law, Workplace Health & Safety Crimes, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Violence, Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace, Insider Trading in Canada and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance.
Honours and Awards
- Legal 500 Canada for Labour and Employment (2015)
- International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2013, 2014)
- International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2012)
- Who's Who Legal: Canada (2012, 2014)
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2002-2012, 2014)
- The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2014)
- Member, The Advocates' Society
- Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association - Criminal Justice Division
- Member, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
- Member, Association of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, American Society of Safety Engineers
- Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
- Member, Transparency International