David Sworn became a lawyer to advance workers’ interests and help create a more equitable society.
As a member of the firm’s pension and benefits team, he helps unions build better workplaces for their members by ensuring retirement security and access to good benefits. In his developing practice, David supports unions in negotiating better pension and benefit plans and fights to enforce the rights of individual employees and retirees to benefit entitlements.
David is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University where he was active in the Law Union and the Strike Support Committee. He honed his advocacy skills at Parkdale Community Legal Services, where he fought for the rights of workers before the Human Rights Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board, and the Small Claims and Divisional Courts. Many of these workers were new arrivals to Canada in highly precarious positions, including those employed as live-in care workers, as subcontracted labourers, and in the food service industry. He is the recipient of the 2018-19 Frederick H. Zemans Prize in Poverty Law and the 2018-19 Prize in Climate Change and Environment Law.
Before law school, David studied history in Montreal and Toronto. He worked on projects that collected the personal histories of workers, migrants recently settled in Canada, and members of communities being displaced by gentrification. As a graduate student, David’s research focused on the history of the US life insurance industry and, as a law student, he provided research assistance on the first comprehensive history of the law in Canada.
When David isn’t working hard for working people, he enjoys long bike rides, road trips and hikes – as long as they include a good picnic and there’s a bottle of wine involved.