Norm is a senior partner practicing labour, employment, health & safety, regulatory, white collar and business crime litigation. He also is a trusted advisor to corporate boards, executives and managers in people and culture risk management.
Norm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) practice includes executive compensation, workplace investigations, drafting employment contracts & restrictive covenants, LEHR polices, employee discipline, workers compensation, ESA enforcement, diversity and inclusion training and human resources risk management. He represents employers in LEHR litigation including wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower cases, human rights violations, labour arbitrations, workplace safety, WSIB appeals and fiduciary duty law suits.
Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer in Canada. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 health & safety, environmental and workers’ compensation administrative, regulatory and criminal cases. Norm has written many of the leading books in his field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd ed.). He was the first lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) designation. He is also the longest serving Judge in Thomson Reuters’ prestigious Canada’s Safest Employers recognition and award.
Norm has exceptional expertise in dealing with alcohol and drug use in the workplace; has written the leading text on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.), he 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); and has helped employers prepare and implement Fitness for Duties policies.
Norm also has extensive experience in dealing with workplace harassment, sexual harassment, and workplace violence; he has written a leading text on the subject, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.); has provided extensive training to employers on how to prevent and manage workplace harassment and violence; and has been an investigator in a number of high profile internal investigations and related litigation.”
Norm advises clients on compliance on white collar and business crimes; he is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association and a regular speaker at the ABA’s annual White Collar Crime Institute; he is a member of the International Bar Association’s White Collar and Business Crimes Committee and an IBA Officer. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee. Norm has authored a number of leading books on white collar and business crime, 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 has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons, has run the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton marathons and rides in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital.