Matthew Certosimo is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Labour Law, and recognized by the foremost legal rankings publications as leading lawyer in labour and employment law. He acts on behalf of both employers and employees in employment-related litigation, including wrongful dismissals. He also acts on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations, matters before the Labour Relations Board, and in collective bargaining; and on behalf of employers, supervisors and constructors in proceedings under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including in defence of quasi-criminal charges further to workplace accidents and injuries.
In addition, Matthew advises private and public sector employers on a full range of labour and employment matters, including dismissals and discipline; employment contracts and policies; human rights issues, such as discrimination and harassment; and workers' compensation, employment standards, and occupational health and safety matters.
Matthew has spoken and published extensively on labour and employment law, including moderating numerous Lancaster House Audio Conferences, co-authoring Just Cause: The Law of Summary Dismissal in Canada (Canada Law Books), which he has updated annually since 1998, and authoring both the Ontario and Federal Employment & Labour Law and Commentary (LexisNexis).
Publications & Presentations
•Assistant editor, Canadian Cases on Employment Law, Carswell/Thomson Reuters.
•Co-author of legal text, Just Cause: The Law of Summary Dismissal in Canada, published by Canada Law Book, 1998 (updated annually).
•Editor-in-Chief, Executive Employment, Quarterly Journal, Federated Press.
•Author, Ontario Employment and Labour Law & Commentary, LexisNexis.
•Author, Federal Employment and Labour Law & Commentary, LexisNexis.
•Author, Dismissals in the Unionized Workplace, 2nd edition, Carswell, 2004.
•Author, The Regulation of Picketing, An Employer's Primer to Labour Injunctions, 2nd Edition, Carswell, 2004.
•Co-author, Understanding Ontario's Employment Standards Act, 2000, Carswell, 2002.
•Co-author, Recent Developments in Union Certification and Decertification, Carswell, 2001.
•Author, When Can the Unionized Employee Sue?, Carswell, 1999.
•Contributing author, Best Practices - Terminations, Carswell, 1999.
•Author of monthly column, The Workplace Lawyer in Workplace News, 1999-2004.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2008) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: Ontario and a Litigation Star: Labour and Employment.
•Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Employment Law).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour: Nationwide, Employment & Labour: Ontario).
•Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Legal 500 Canada (Labour & Employment).
•Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour).
•Recognized in the 2015 edition (and since 2007) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Employment Law, Labour Relations).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Labour, Employment & Benefits).
•Received in November 2011 the designation of Certified Specialist (Labour Law) from the Law Society of Upper Canada.
(Also at Waterloo Office)
•Past member, Board of Governors, Wilfrid Laurier University.
•Past member, Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario).
•Past director of various non-profit organizations in the education and health care sectors.
•Past member of various governmental committees, task forces and appeal boards, at the municipal, provincial and federal level.