Donna D’Andrea is a management labour relations and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Donna provides practical and strategic advice to private- and public-sector employers in all matters related to wrongful dismissal, human rights complaints, employment standards claims, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and occupational health and safety.
Donna is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and leads the firm’s Hospitality & Gaming Practice Group. She serves as chief spokesperson for most major hotel chains in their negotiations with unions and is known for her expert negotiation skills. Donna regularly appears before the Human Rights Tribunal, the courts, grievance arbitrators and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. She also participates in the employment and labour law aspects of business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and business restructurings.
In addition to speaking at employer organization and industry meetings, Donna conducts in-house seminars for clients on such topics as harassment, discrimination, accommodation, terminations, performance management and management/union relations.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2014–2022)
Labour and Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014–2021)
Labour Relations (Consistently Recommended)
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014, 2016–2021)
Employment Law (Consistently Recommended)
Chambers Canada (2020–2021)
Employment and Labour Law
Who's Who Legal (2020)
Labour, Employment and Benefits Law
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, and Labour & Employment Law Sections)
The Advocates Society’ – Member
Humber College Program Advisory Committee, Graduate Certificate in Hospitality Operations Management and Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management – Member
Select Publications & Presentations
“An Owner, GM, Management Company & Union Rep Walk into a Hotel Bar” HAC Conference (February 8, 2018)
“Terminating an Employee: Best Practices for Managing the end of an Employment Relationship” Club Manager Quarterly, Canadian Society of Club Managers (Spring 2016)
University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
York University, B.A. (Hons.)