Henry Y. Dinsdale

Henry Dinsdale

Partner, Toronto

Direct: 416.864.7037
Main: 416.362.1011
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Year of Call: Ontario, 1989
  • Biography

Henry Dinsdale is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Henry has been advising and representing employers for over 25 years at both the federal and provincial levels and has appeared on behalf of employers in proceedings in every province in the country. His practice ranges from providing sophisticated strategic advice, to collective bargaining and labour and employment law advocacy.

Henry has received both a Masters and Doctoral degree in law from Stanford University Law School and has taught labour law at the University of Toronto Law School, Queen’s University’s Law School and Industrial Relations Centre, and in Osgoode Hall Law School’s Masters of Labour Law programme. He is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been a member of the Advisory Committee of Queen’s University’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace since its inception.

Henry loves the cottage, cycling, squash and watching his amazing children blow him away every day.

Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2011–2023)
Labour and Employment Law

The Canadian Legal® Lexpert Directory (2013–2022)
Labour Relations (Most Frequently Recommended); Employment Law (Consistently Recommended)

Chambers Canada – Band 3 (2017–2023)
Employment & Labour, Ontario

Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2017–2018)
Labour and Employment Law

Exemplary Reputation and High Professional Standing

Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leader (2021–2022)
Labour & Employment

Who's Who Legal – Global Leader (2020–2022)
Labour & Employment

Who’s Who Legal – National Leader, Canada (2016–2022)
Labour, Employment & Benefits

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association – Member

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) – Member

Canadian Bar Association – Member

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers – Elected Fellow

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Administrative Law and Labour & Employment Law)

The Law Society of Ontario – Member

Queen’s University, Centre for Law and the Contemporary Workplace – Member of Advisory Committee from inception in 2010

Select Publications & Presentations

“A Tale of Two Countries: Best Practices in Dispute Resolution” National Academy of Arbitrators (April 1, 2020)

“Practice Corner 2.0: Tips For the Use of Social Media Evidence in Hearings/Trials” Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 16th Annual Conference (September 12, 2019)

“Grievance Arbitration: Protecting Rights and Resolving Conflicts” The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law, Osgoode Professional Development (April 2, 2019)

“Federal Labour Law and Practice” Canada Law Book (2013)

“The Upside for Employers in Recent Overtime Class-Action Decisions” In-House Counsel Magazine (December 2012)

“Time to revisit existing contracts? Mitigation does not reduce the fixed term notice period entitlements” In-House Counsel Magazine (October 2012)

“Disability benefits and reasonable notice – Employer gambles on former employee’s health and loses at Ontario Court of Appeal” In-House Counsel Magazine (August 2012)

“The potential risks of jumping the gun – Investigations avoid pitfalls of dismissal for criminal conduct” In-House Counsel Magazine (June 2012)

“Criminal investigations in the workplace – How to avoid the pitfalls of dismissal for criminal conduct” In-House Counsel Magazine (April 2012)

“The frustration with frustration of contract – Knowing when to proceed under this area of contract law can be a challenge” In-House Counsel Magazine (February 2012)

“Employers as insurers – Mandatory retirement leaves big question about workers over the age of 65” In-House Counsel Magazine (December 2011/January 2012)


Stanford University, JSD

Stanford University, LL.M.

Queen’s University, LL.B.

Queen’s University, B.A.