Norm Keith is an employment, health and safety and criminal defence lawyer, specializing in wrongful dismissal, occupational health & safety, fiduciary duty, corporate crime and workers' compensation advice and litigation. He advises clients in a broad range of human resources, human rights, constitutional, 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 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 is a co-founder of Fasken Martineau’s White Collar Crime, Investigations and Compliance practice group and continues to be an active member of that 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 represents clients in 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 relationship partner for numerous domestic and international clients.
Norm completed Ironman Austria in June 2014, his fourth Ironman distance triathlon. He has worked as a hard rock miner, in Northern Ontario, as a construction project labourer and at a major Canadian bank. He recently was a judge in the prestigious Canada's Safest Employer award in 2014 and 2015.
Norm earned his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 1998, making him the first practising lawyer in Canada to achieve the CRSP designation. Norm is an accomplished, dynamic and highly sought after speaker. He has written numerous articles, 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