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Douglas Gilbert Toronto Lawyer

Douglas G. Gilbert

Counsel Fasken
Accomplishing change while respecting relationships is the most important challenge in labour law.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1979
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Douglas G. Gilbert’s serves as strategic advisor and advocate on behalf of many national and multinational employers. His practice focuses on collective bargaining, labour and employment litigation. He represents clients before federal and provincial labour relations boards, in arbitration proceedings and in employment and human rights claims before the courts and tribunals.

In his practice, Douglas is committed to understanding and reflecting the priorities and values of all clients. He works towards practical, cost effective solutions of their legal problems. Douglas is an experienced negotiator and labour litigator who is mindful of the importance of achieving client objectives, while respecting relations with employees and their representatives.

Employers face unprecedented challenges in adapting established workplace practices to maintain their competitiveness.  Douglas is frequently consulted by employers whose plans for a different compensation structure, an updated service standard or a new business venture are dependent on reforming established terms of employment. He is experienced in assisting clients to facilitate change. 

Recognized as a leading practitioner in management labour and employment, Douglas has been ranked in Chambers Global (Band 2), Chambers Canada (Band 1), Chambers Ontario 9Band 1), Who’s Who Legal, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Best Lawyers, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Legal 500 Canada (Tier 1). He is rated AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a fellow of both the U.S. College of Labour and Employment Lawyers and the U.S. College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.

Writing frequently on his practice experience, Douglas is co-author of Canadian Labour and Employment Law for the U.S. Practitioner (Bloomberg BNA) and the co-editor of Federal Labour Law and Practice (Canada Law Book). He is also co-author of a Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Ontario(Canada Law Book).

  • 2019 The Legal 500 Canada, The Legal 500 Canada 2018 to 2019
  • Recognized for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Canada), Chambers Canada 2016 to 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 to 2019
2018 to 2019 The Legal 500 Canada 2019 The Legal 500 Canada "Leading Lawyer" (Tier 1) for Labour and Employment
2016 to 2019 Chambers Canada Recognized for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Canada) Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
2014 to 2019 The Best Lawyers in Canada The Best Lawyers in Canada


  • LLB University of Western Ontario
  • BA Concordia University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Fellow, The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Member, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
Co-Author Canadian Labour and Employment Law for the U.S. Practitioner, 4th Edition Bloomberg BNA, Washington, D.C.
Discrimination in the Workplace Legal advisor in the production (video) - Canada Law Book
Book, Co-Author Federal Labour Law and Practice Canada Law Book


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