Michael S. Richards: Lawyer with Davis LLP

Michael S. Richards

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

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Practice Areas

  • Employment & Labour Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Privacy Law Compliance
  • Technology & Outsourcing
  • Litigation
  • Franchise & Distribution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
University University of British Columbia, B.Comm., Honours, 1996
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1999
Admitted2000, British Columbia; 2001, Ontario

Michael S. Richards is a partner specializing in employment and labour law in Toronto.

Mr. Richards 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, Mr. Richards returned to British Columbia where he was the law clerk to Madam Justice Jo-Ann Prowse of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Mr. Richards 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.

Mr. Richards' 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

Examples of employment and labour matters in which Mr. Richards has been involved include:

· Acting for a national clothing retailer and for several U.S. and European companies in the development and implementation of employment policy and procedure manuals

· Reviewing and preparing employment contracts for senior executives and other employees in the context of various acquisitions and positions of businesses

· Developing and implementing strategies for the retention of key employees in several acquisitions of knowledge/skill-based enterprises in the high-tech and financial services sectors

· Represented a Canadian Olympics candidate in a dispute over selection to the 2001 Olympics team

· Experience advising both employers and employees on post-employment intellectual property, non-competition and confidentiality obligations

· Experience advising clients with respect to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board disputes and representing clients before the WSIB Finally, Mr. Richards' 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.

Mr. Richards has been with Davis LLP since 1998.

Media Commentary

· Franchising World, Understanding Top Legal Issues in International Franchising, 3/03/09

Volunteer Work

Mr. Richards is actively committed to the arts, providing pro-bono advice to not-for-profit arts organizations such as Arraymusic, a Toronto-based organization promoting experimental classical music. In addition, Mr. Richards has served on the board of directors of Danny Grossman Dance Company since early 2004 and was elected chair in 2006. Mr. Richards' 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.

Other Activities

· 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


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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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