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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
*practising through a professional corporation

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 (Band 1), Acritas Star Lawyer, Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment and Benefits, 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).

  • Recognized for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Canada), Chambers Canada 2016 to 2021
  • Recognized nationwide as a Leading Individual in Labour and Employment , The Legal 500 Canada 2017 to 2020
  • Recognized in Labour Employment Law and Workers Compensation Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 to 2020
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers Canada Recognized for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Canada) Received Senior Statesperson Designation in Chambers Canada 2020 (Ontario and Canada) and 2021 (Ontario)
Legal 500 Publication name with laurels The Legal 500 Canada Recognized nationwide as a Leading Individual in Labour and Employment
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  • 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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