Norm Keith is a senior partner practicing in the areas of employment, regulatory and white collar defence and government investigations, in Canada and internationally. He advises, teaches and writes extensively in the areas of corporate governance, compliance and risk management.
Norm is a senior Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) lawyer. He advises employers, executives and board of directors on a broad range of LEHR policies, employment contracts, workplace investigations and employee terminations. He represents employers in LEHR litigation, whistle-blower cases, and fiduciary duty litigation. Norm has unique expertise in the complex areas of alcohol and drugs in the workplace, wrote the leading book on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.), appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case regarding alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013), and the leading case drug addiction and human rights case, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He has expertise in dealing with workplace harassment and violence issues and has written the leading book, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd Edition).
Norm has an active White Collar Defense and Government Investigation practice. He is a founding member of Fasken’s practice group and 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.). He was co-counsel for Nazir Karigar, the first individual tried under the CFPOA. 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, started Dec. 2017).
Norm is a leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer and author in Canada. He advises and represents employers, officers and directors, and senior executives regarding OHS compliance, accident investigations, and litigation across 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. He helped develop and teaches the Global Safety Risk Management certificate course for the American Society of Safety Engineers.
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 and Hamilton marathons. 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.
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)