Lorne Richmond has practiced labour law and construction labour law on behalf of unions since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1979. He regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, as well as the Canada Industrial Relations Board, boards of arbitration and the courts.
Pension and benefits law is another area in which Lorne serves his clients. He is counsel to a number of multi-employer, trusteed pension and benefit plans in the construction industry.
Lorne has a special interest in organizing campaigns, union mergers and inter-union affairs. He represented Ontario bricklayers in their ten-year campaign for independence from their international union. He also spearheaded the effort to convince the Ontario government to amend the construction industry provisions of the Labour Relations Act to require international unions to demonstrate just cause before placing a local in trusteeship or merging one local with another.
Lorne has also acted on behalf of clients in public interest litigation and, in particular, was co-counsel in the court applications that successfully halted the privatization of Hydro One.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Lorne has repeatedly been recognized as a leading labour relations lawyer and as a leading construction labour relations lawyer in annual peer surveys, including the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers. He has also served on the Practice Advisory Committee of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
- CUPE Local 2974.1 v. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Land Ambulance Programs
- Labourers’ International Union of North America v. Chartrand Equipment
- CUSW v. Hydro One