Louis Century loves litigating for all the right reasons. He is a tenacious advocate for his clients and a strong believer in pursuing social and economic justice in the courts.
First and foremost, Louis is an advocate for workers. He represents employees who have lost their jobs or faced discrimination in the workplace. He also represents large groups of employees seeking unpaid overtime and other compensation in class action lawsuits.
As part of his diverse litigation practice, Louis also represents a wide variety of professionals. Athletes, medical residents, lawyers and other professionals rely on Louis to defend them against regulatory charges or negligence lawsuits. Louis is on LawPRO’s Preferred Counsel List.
Louis is no stranger at the Supreme Court of Canada. He started his legal career as a law clerk for the Honourable Justice Richard Wagner and returned to the Court to represent the Canadian Labour Congress in a leading case on the rights of non-unionized federal employees.
Intellectual curiosity defines Louis and his practice. He teaches Foundations of Canadian Law to law students at the University of Toronto and regularly takes on cutting edge social issues in the courts. Some of the cases he has worked on include:
- Defending Greenpeace Canada in a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit brought by a large forestry company
- Working quietly behind the scenes to help local hospital boards defend the rights of their members to health care that meets the needs of their communities
- Challenging the Province of Ontario’s decision to privatize Hydro One, on behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
- Bringing a constitutional challenge to voter identification laws that made it harder for students, seniors and Indigenous people to exercise their right to vote, on behalf of the Council of Canadians and other groups
- Helping Sikhs for Justice successfully pursue criminal charges against visiting foreign officials accused of crimes against humanity
Louis brings a global perspective to the practice of law. He has interviewed refugee claimants for the United Nations in Kenya, and represented Darfuri rebels at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. While obtaining his Juris Doctor and Master of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Louis also spent time studying international affairs at Sciences Po in Paris. He is bilingual in French and English.
Louis maintains a passion for the rights of refugees. He is proud to have spearheaded Goldblatt Partners’ sponsorship of a refugee family from Syria, and continues to support the family with their adjustment to life in Toronto. He has also provided pro bono representation to refugee rights organizations, including the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.
Since his call to the bar in 2014, Louis has become actively engaged in Toronto’s legal community. In 2017, he began a two-year term on the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, which is a division of The Advocates’ Society, a professional association of trial and appellate lawyers representing over 5,000 advocates nationwide. Louis was included as a Lexpert-ranked lawyer in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers.
- Superior Court punts injunction proceeding to the OLRB
- Superior Court of Justice finds CIBC liable for unpaid overtime