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Norm Keith Toronto Lawyer

Norm Keith

Partner Fasken
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Jurisdiction Ontario, 1983
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Norm is a senior partner practicing employment, health & safety, regulatory, government investigation and business crime litigation. He is a trusted advisor to corporate boards, executives and managers regarding 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 represents clients regarding government investigations 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 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: and the newsletter White Collar Crime & Compliance (Lexis Nexis).


Norm has extensive experience in advising, investigating and litigating cases of 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.


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.

  • Named as as Acritas Stars Lawyer - 2019, Acritas Stars 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
Acritas Stars 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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