Norm Keith is a senior litigation partner in the Toronto office practicing primarily in the areas of regulatory, employment and white collar defence.
Mr. Keith specializes in advising and representing corporations, directors, officers and senior managers and governments in occupational and public safety and health, workplace fraud, harassment and wrongful dismissal, criminal negligence, securities fraud, fiduciary duties, constitutional and human rights, environmental workers compensation, anti-bribery and corruption and white collar investigations and defence.
Norm is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer. During his career he has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts across Canada up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has successfully defended over 1,000 charges under regulatory and criminal laws. He is counsel and trusted advisor to clients in the mining, construction, energy, health care, forestry, aviation, high tech, chemical, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure, clean tech, and transportation industries. He has represented numerous public emergency services and all levels of government, from Municipalities to the PWGSC of the Government of Canada. He advises clients proactively on a broad range of business compliance, EHS regulatory investigation, constitutional and Charter of Rights and corporate social responsibility matters.
Norm is a co-founder of Fasken Martineau’s White Collar Defence and Investigations practice group. He is the Canadian representative on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association. He has written the leading text on corporate crime in Canada, Corporate Crime and Accountability in Canada (Lexis Nexis). He is also the author of Insider Trading in Canada (Lexis Nexis) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (Lexis Nexis) Mr. Keith advises and represents clients throughout Canada and internationally. He also teaches a course on Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
Norm is the leading occupational health and safety defence lawyer in Canada. He has authored numerous books on the subject including, Canadian Health and Safety Law (Canada Law Book). He has authored Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual. He has also authored Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (Lexis Nexis) the leading text on the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code.
Norm earned the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 1998, making him the first practising lawyer in Canada to earn the CRSP designation. Norm is a highly sought after instructor and speaker at employer associations, bar associations, universities, and at international conferences. He is an instructor in the American Society of Safety Engineers Global Safety Management certificate course. He has authored 12 books including, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Violence, Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace and over 200 articles in professional journals and trade publications. Norm has lectured at University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia and Osgoode Hall law schools.
Norm recently completed the Chicago marathon (2015) and has completed four Ironman distance triathlons. He has worked as a hard rock miner, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank. He was a judge for Canada's Safest Employer Awards for 2014 and 2015.
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, 2014-2015)
- The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2014)
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, The Advocates' Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Christian Legal Fellowship
- Member, Transparency International
- Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member, American Society of Safety Engineers
- Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
- Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
- Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
- Member, American Bar Association - White Collar Crime Committee
- Member, Association of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals