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Howard Levitt
Senior Partner

(416) 594-3900
(416) 597-3396
[email protected]

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About Howard Levitt:

Howard Levitt is Canada’s best known and most quoted authority on employment law. He is ranked on Martindale as the #2 most viewed lawyer and in the top .001% in the world. Howard writes a weekly column in the National Post, hosts a weekly talk show on Newstalk 1010 CFRB, and is the author of Canada’s leading dismissal text book,The Law of Dismissal in Canada, three other texts, and is Editor-In-Chief of the national law report, The Dismissal and Employment Law Digest, which covers every dismissal and employment law case across Canada. The Law of Dismissal and accompanying law report is cited in more decisions across Canada than is any other text.

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

Howard practices throughout Canada and has a greater national profile than any other Canadian employment lawyer. Any lawyer can settle a case in some amount, Howard Levitt’s settlements are unsurpassed because the opposition knows that he will be an effective and tireless opponent. Unlike most employment lawyers, he conducts his own trials and his record of success is unparalleled.

He is the labour and employment counsel 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 is commonly sought as counsel by other lawyers, to render second opinions to support their clients or as co-counsel.

Over the past 36 years, Howard has lectured at seminars across Canada, appearing at over 400 employment law conferences. He has been listed in all editions of Lexpert, a directory of the top 500 lawyers in Canada as a leader in employment law. He has been quoted in an American Lawyer Media/Lexpert. He is recognized in the 6th Edition of The World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers published by Euromoney.

Practice areas include:

  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Unjust dismissal
  • Human rights
  • Sexual harassment
  • General 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

Memberships & Associations:

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

Education & Credentials:

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


Governor General’s 1992 Medal for Services to Canada

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