Norm Keith is an employment, regulatory and criminal defence lawyer. He specializes in wrongful dismissal, occupational health & safety, environmental, fiduciary duty, corporate crime and workers' compensation advice and litigation. He advises clients in a broad range of human resources, human rights, constitutional, environmental and workplace risk management matters.
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 and tribunals 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 to many clients in the mining, construction, energy, health care, forestry, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure, transportation industries and has represented a variety of public 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. While completing his Master of Law degree in 2010, at Osgoode Hall Law School, he focused his legal research and writing on White Collar Crime, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Risk Management. He has represented and advised clients across Canada in criminal and regulatory internal investigations, compliance programs, enforcement proceedings and negotiated deferred prosecution agreements. 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. Norm coordinates intellectual property, merger and acquisition, corporate 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 labourer and as a management trainee at a major Canadian bank. He is a judge in Canada's Safest Employer Awards for 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 and highly sought after speaker. He has written hundreds of 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, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, The Advocates' Society
- Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member, American Bar Association - Criminal Justice Division
- Member, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
- Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, Association of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, American Society of Safety Engineers
- Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
- Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
- Member, Transparency International