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Norm Keith Toronto Lawyer

Norm Keith

Partner Fasken
Managing workplace LEHR and CSR risks and liability is a critical challenge for Canadian employers and their leaders.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1983
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Norm practices labour, employment, regulatory, government investigations, white collar defense and constitutional litigation. He also has a broad advisory practice in the areas of his expertise and is a trusted advisor to boards, executives and for and not-for profit corporations.


Norm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) practice involves executive compensation, employment contracts, employee discipline, workers compensation, ESA enforcement 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 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 violence and harassment, sexual harassment, and workplace investigations. He has written a leading text on the subject, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.).

Norm has an active white collar and business crimes practice. Norm 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 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: and the newsletter White Collar Crime & Compliance (Lexis Nexis).

Norm has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons, 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. He has 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. 

  • Named as as Acritas Stars Lawyer - 2019, 2019
  • Recognized for Occupational Health & Safety and Workers' Compensation, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 to 2019
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star Lawyer, Acritas Star™ Lawyer 2016
Named as as Acritas Stars Lawyer - 2019
2014 to 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Recognized for Occupational Health & Safety and Workers' Compensation
2016 Acritas Star™ Lawyer Recognized as an Acritas Star Lawyer


  • LLM Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • JD Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA York University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Director, Institute of Corporate Directors, GTA West
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society  
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors - Ontario Chapter  
  • Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, American Bar Association - White Collar Crime Committee 
  • Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
  • Member, Anti-Corruption Committee, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, White Collar and Business Crime Committee, International Bar Association
Speaker Whistleblower Programs: the Law, the Trends, the Ethics and Best Practices Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition) location location Toronto, ON
New Era of Business Integrity & White Collar Crime Enforcement location location Toronto


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