Michael S. Richards: Lawyer with Davis LLP

Michael S. Richards

Michael S. Richards is a partner in the Davis LLP Toronto office.
Partner
Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416.941.5395

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Practice Areas

  • Employment & Labour Law
  • Human Rights
  • Privacy & Access to Information
  • Technology & Outsourcing
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Law
  • Conflict Management & Alternative Dispute Resolution
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 416.941.5395
Fax: 416.777.7427
http://www.davis.ca/en/lawyer/Michael-S-Richards
 
University University of British Columbia, B.Comm., Honours, 1996
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1999
 
Admitted2000, British Columbia; 2001, Ontario
 
LanguagesEnglish
 
Biography

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Michael S. Richards is a partner specializing in employment and labour law in Toronto. Michael was called to the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia and has represented clients before various levels of courts in both provinces, before administrative tribunals, at arbitrations, in mediation and at other negotiations, including collective bargaining.

After graduating from the University of Toronto, Michael returned to British Columbia where he was the law clerk to Madam Justice Jo-Ann Prowse of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Michael articled in the Vancouver office of Davis LLP and was called to the British Columbia Bar before transferring to the Toronto office where he has practised since early 2001.

Michael’s practice in employment and labour law includes providing advice to both national and international organizations on a daily basis and representing clients with respect to various labour and employment issues including:

•The recruitment, hiring and termination of employees.
•Providing advice with respect to group terminations and business closures.
•The successful and cost effective defence of wrongful dismissal claims, grievance and human right complaints.
•The preparation of employment, consulting and independent contractor agreements including the provision of advice with respect to the enforceability of non-solicitation, non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
•The negotiation and interpretation of collective agreements.
•The interpretation and application of employment standards legislation, workplace safety and insurance legislation, occupational health and safety, and human rights legislation.

Finally, Michael’s practice also includes privacy law and advising businesses in Ontario with respect to their obligations under privacy legislation, including performing privacy audits and assisting clients in the development of privacy policies compliant with applicable legislation.

Michael has been with Davis LLP since 1998.

Notable Matters
VisualSonics sale to SonoSite for $80 millio... June 30, 2010 Visualsonics, a privately held Toronto-based micro-ultrasound technology firm, has been acquired by...
Harman International Industries, Inc. acquir... November 30, 2004 On November, 30, 2004, QNX Software Systems Ltd., an Ottawa-based software company,...
Canadian Olympics candidate dispute over sel... Represented a Canadian Olympics candidate in a dispute over selection to the...
Strategies for the retention of key employee... Developing and implementing strategies for the retention of key employees in several...
National clothing retailer and for several U... Acting for a national clothing retailer and for several U.S. and European...
Employment contracts for senior executives a... Reviewing and preparing employment contracts for senior executives and other employees in...

Publications
2014 Employment and Labour Law Conference Pr... October 08, 2014 On October 3, 2014, Davis LLP hosted its annual Employment & Labour...
Where is the Line? Extra-Provincial Payroll ... September 08, 2014 More Ontario employers may face liability for severance pay after a recent...
Where Is the Fairness? Recent Developments a... June 23, 2014 The amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”) which came...
2014 Employment and Labour Law Conference Pr... May 30, 2014 On May 29, 2014, Davis LLP hosted its annual Employment & Labour...
2014 Employment and Labour Law Conference Pr... May 13, 2014 On Friday May 9, 2014, Davis LLP hosted its seventh annual Employment...
Are You “Frustrated”. Good News for Empl... January 23, 2014 The contract law doctrine of frustration may provide employers with a solution...

In The Media
Michael Richards Named Lexpert Rising Star... November 04, 2013 Davis LLP is pleased to congratulate Michael Richards, a partner in the...
Four Davis Lawyers Ranked in 2011 Lexpert’... January 03, 2012 Davis LLP is pleased to announce that Larry Robinson, QC (Insolvency &...
Davis Team Advises VisualSonics in Sale to S... August 03, 2010 A team of advisors from Davis LLP was instrumental in the recent...
Mike Richard to participate in upcoming empl... July 16, 2010 Davis partner Mike Richards will be participating in an upcoming webcast to...
Mike Richards Comments on Toronto Mayor... August 05, 2009 The City of Toronto and union workers have reached an agreement after...
Ontario Employers Covered by New Child Porno... March 10, 2009 Ontario has introduced a new law that will impose a positive obligation...

Events
Legal Perspectives on Diversity February 19, 2015 Davis LLP’s Michael Richards will co-present a workshop at the 6th annual...
Information Privacy and Data Protection... November 27, 2014 On November 27, 2014, Lexpert hosted Information Privacy and Data Protection, a...
Does Your Organization Have an AODA Complian... October 28, 2014 With the compliance deadlines for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act...
Toronto Employment & Labour Law Confere... May 09, 2014 Davis LLP was pleased to host the popular annual Toronto Employment &...
Workplace Investigations and Union Avoidance... January 28, 2014 The Davis LLP Employment & Labour Law Group is pleased to host...
Internal Investigations Forum June 17, 2013 Davis LLP is proud to sponsor Insight’s Internal Investigations Forum, taking place...

Recognition
Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada, 2013
Lexpert's Litigation Lawyers to Watch, 2011
Associations
Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Ontario Bar Association
Member, British Columbia Bar Association
Member, Advocates Society
Community Involvement
Mike is actively committed to the arts, providing pro-bono advice to not-for-profit arts organizations. In addition, Mike has served on the board of directors of Danny Grossman Dance Company since early 2004 and was elected chair in 2006. Mike's involvement with the company comes at a critical time as the company seeks to preserve the work of its namesake, both legally and practically, to ensure preservation of his art.

Community Involvement
Mike is actively committed to the arts, providing pro-bono advice to not-for-profit arts organizations. In addition, Mike has served on the board of directors of Danny Grossman Dance Company since early 2004 and was elected chair in 2006. Mike's involvement with the company comes at a critical time as the company seeks to preserve the work of its namesake, both legally and practically, to ensure preservation of his art. (Also at Vancouver, BC, Canada Office)

 
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Where is the Line? Extra-Provincial Payroll May Affect Ontario Severance Pay
Mari Hotta,Michael S. Richards, September 12, 2014
More Ontario employers may face liability for severance pay after a recent decision cast doubt on the meaning of “payroll” under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). On April 17, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released Paquette v Quadraspec Inc....

Where Is the Fairness? Recent Developments and Cause for Concern at the Human Rights Tribunal
Leslie Frattolin,Michael S. Richards,Sarah Willis, June 30, 2014
The amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”) which came into force in 2008, have brought about significant changes to the way in which human rights complaints are adjudicated in Ontario. Today, approximately six years after the amendments were brought into force, the...
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Michael S. Richards

Suite 6000, 100 King Street West
TorontoON M5X 1E2
 

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