Ryan Newell practices labour, employment and aboriginal rights law in our Toronto office.
Ryan represents a wide range of unions in grievance arbitrations, and in matters before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Grievance Settlement Board, as well as other administrative tribunals. Ryan also represents employees who are not members of trade unions in employment law matters and litigates disability claims made by employees against insurance companies.
Ryan received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph where he earned the Gold Medal.
During law school, Ryan worked in the Workers’ Rights Division of Parkdale Community Legal Services, where he was as awarded the Frederick H. Zemans prize for his work with low-income and marginalized workers. Ryan’s writing has been published in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Indigenous Law Journal, and Focus on Canadian Employment and Equality Rights.
Before attending law school, Ryan worked in homeless shelters and drop-in centres. He also served as a union steward and was involved in anti-poverty and indigenous rights activism.
Ryan summered and articled with us before joining the firm as a lawyer in 2013. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and the Law Union of Ontario.