Howard Levitt

Senior Partner

Howard Levitt is a well-known and widely quoted authority on employment law in Toronto, the GTA and across Canada. Howard writes a weekly employment law column in the National Post, hosts a weekly talk show on employment law on Newstalk 1010 CFRB, and is the author of one of Canada’s leading dismissal text books, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, and three other texts, and is Editor-In-Chief of thenational law report, The Dismissal and Employment LawDigest, which covers every notable dismissal and employment law case across Canada. The Law of Dismissal and accompanying law report is cited extensively indecisions across Canada.

Howard has appeared as counsel in employment law and labour law cases at all levels of court in Ontario and across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been lead counsel in thousands of employment law cases, acting as counsel in over 50 trials, appeals, judicial reviews and other hearings annually. He has regularly chaired employment law and labour law conferences acrossCanada, including the Ontario Law Society, for its first ten years 2001-2009, the maximum time permitted. Howard Levitt has appeared as lead counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada on employment law cases more than any other lawyer in Canadian history.

Howard practices employment law and labour law in Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada and has an extensive national profile. Any lawyer can settle a case in some amount. Howard Levitt’s settlements are noteworthy as a result of his effective and tireless representation.  Mr. Levitt conducts his own trials, which is not the case for many employment lawyers.

Howard is the labour lawyer and employment lawyer for many of Canada’s largest corporations and acts as chief spokesperson for numerous collective bargaining negotiations in a variety of industries. He conducts lobbying at the Federal and Provincial level on behalf of several clients regarding labour legislation. Howard frequently represents other lawyers and provides his opinions on complex employment matters when requested.

Over the past 36 years, Howard has lectured at seminars across Canada, appearing at over 400 employment law conferences.


  • Wrongful dismissal/Terminations
  • Unjust dismissal
  • Human rights
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workplace harassment
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Employment contracts
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Workplace health & safety
  • Injunctions restraining competition and information distribution
  • Wrongful hiring
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Management labour relations law including certification & decertification of trade unions


  • Alberta Bar Association
  • British Columbia Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • New Brunswick Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Saskatchewan Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Toronto, 1977
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1979


Governor General’s 1992 Medal for Services to Canada

Howard in the Media