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 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’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) and regulatory practice involves executive compensation, employment contracts, employee discipline, workers compensation, environmental, TSSA and ESA enforcement and regulatory risk management. He represents employers in LEHR litigation including wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower cases, human rights violations, labour arbitrations, WSIAT appeals and fiduciary duty law suits. Norm provides day-to-day advice to employers in both non-union and unionized workplaces across Canada.
Norm has an active White Collar Defense and Government Investigation practice. Norm is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a regular speaker at the ABA White Collar Crime annual symposium. He has authored a number of 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 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 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.