Norm Keith is an employment, regulatory, constitutional and criminal defence lawyer. He specializes in wrongful dismissal, occupational health & safety, environmental, workers' compensation, fiduciary duty, constitutional, and white collar crime litigation. He advises clients in a broad range of human resources, human rights, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, environmental and corporate 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 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 clients in the mining, construction, energy, health care, forestry, chemical, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure, clean tech, and transportation industries. He 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. He is the Canadian Representative on the ABA White Collar Crime Committee. While completing his Master of Law degree in 2010, at Osgoode Hall Law School, his legal research and writing focused on White Collar Crime, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has advised and represented clients across Canada in regulatory, employment and criminal investigations, compliance programs, enforcement proceedings, negotiated deferred prosecution agreements, trials and appeals. 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 mediation and arbitration, contract negotiation, license agreements, publishing agreements, deferred prosecution 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 in Sudbury, 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 earn the CRSP designation. Norm is a highly sought after speaker and instructor. He is an instructor in the American Society of Safety Engineers Global Safety Management certificate course. 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 Society of Safety Engineers
- Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
- Member, American Bar Association - White Collar Crime Committee
- Member, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
- Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, Association of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
- Member, Transparency International