You may never have heard of him, but Ethan Poskanzer is one of Canada’s sharpest legal minds. He is also the heart of Goldblatt Partners. His influence on the firm’s work and social life over the past four decades has been incalculable and continues to grow.
Long before most other firms had even contemplated the notion of a “research lawyer”, Ethan was filling that role here – at what was then a very small labour law firm. He worked with the firm’s litigators on their most challenging cases, crafting creative legal arguments, and helping devise litigation strategies. His work helped our clients break new ground and he has played an essential role in assisting our clients expand and defend the right to freedom of association, as well as other fundamental Charter rights.
As the firm grew, so did the research team mentored by Ethan. But with a mind like a steel trap and an uncanny ability to recall even the most obscure decisions, Ethan continues to be the go-to person for lawyers and students grappling with a novel question or looking for an innovative legal argument. His fingerprints are on most of the firm’s leading cases.
Not only brilliant but also practical, he provides invaluable assistance to clients seeking advice on collective agreement negotiations, government relations and legislative and policy matters.
When he’s not brainstorming with colleagues or advising clients, Ethan hangs out at blue grass music festivals, cycles the streets of Toronto in search of the perfect espresso, and serves as our resident master sommelier.
- Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan
- Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Attorney General of Canada
- Fullowka v. Pinkerton’s of Canada Ltd.