Norm Keith's practice involves employment, regulatory and white collar defence and government investigations litigation. He also has an advisory practice in enterprise risk management and compliance.
Norm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) practice involves executive compensation, employment contracts, policy development and review, employee discipline and workers compensation. He represents employers in LEHR litigation including wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud, whistle-blower cases, human rights violations, labour arbitrations, and fiduciary duty matters. Norm provides day-to-day advice to employers in both non-union and unionized workplaces. Norm has unparalleled expertise in the complex area of alcohol and drugs in the workplace, has written the leading text on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.), has appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case regarding alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013), and the leading case drug addiction human rights case, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He also has extensive experience in dealing with workplace harassment, sexual harassment, and violence investigations and litigation and has written a leading text, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd Edition).
Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer and author in Canada. He has successfully defended hundreds of OHS regulatory and criminal charges at trials and on appeals. He has written many of the leading texts in this field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd ed.). Norm was the first lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) designation and helped develop and teach the Global Safety Risk Management certificate course for the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Norm has an active White Collar Defense and Government Investigation litigation practice. He is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. He has authored a number books on the subject including, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd ed.), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd ed.) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd ed.). Norm is also the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: www.whitecollarpost.com and the newsletter White Collar Crime & Compliance (Lexis Nexis).
Norm is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer. During his career he has appeared at all levels of courts up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has made submissions on behalf of employers’ associations to the House of Commons Committee Standing Committee on Health regarding the workplace safety effects of the legalization of Cannabis. He has successfully represented clients in over 1,000 regulatory, civil and criminal matters.
Norm has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons and run the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton marathons. He has also worked as a hard rock miner, a golf course grounds keeper, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank
Rankings and Awards
- Recognized as an Acritas Star™ Lawyer 2016
- 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, 2014-2017)
- The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2014)