John W. Saunders

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Partner, Toronto
Direct: 416.864.7247
Main: 416.362.1011
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Year of Call: Ontario, 1988
  • Biography

John Saunders is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office.  He has over 29 years of experience advising public and private sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment issues.  John’s practice includes collective agreement negotiations, rights and interest arbitrations, human rights applications, and wrongful dismissal litigation.

John also has a particular expertise in municipal law with regard to fire and paramedic issues.  He provides ongoing negotiation advice to fire and paramedic departments on staffing, deployment, benefit issues, accommodation, mandatory retirement and presumptive disability legislation.  He has also represented numerous municipalities in Coroner’s Inquests, Judicial Inquiries into fatalities and interest arbitrations.

John also works with employers in the healthcare, manufacturing, waste disposal, forestry, nuclear, property assessment and call centre sectors.

John is the past Chairman of the Board of Elders of his local church.  He is an avid downhill skier and enjoys fixing things at his cottage.

Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers® in Canada (2005–2018)
Labour & Employment Law

Who’s Who Legal (2017-2018)
Labour & Employment Law

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014-2018)
Employment Law, Labour Relations (Repeatedly Recommended)

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (2014)
President’s Award

Memberships & Affiliations

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member

Canadian Bar Association – Member

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law, Law Practice Management, and Municipal Law Sections)

Select Publications & Presentations

“Labour Relations Seminar” Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs’ Association (January 31, 2018)

“Fire, Police & Emergency Services Bargaining Trends” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Labour Relations Seminar, Toronto (January 17 & 18, 2018)

“Good Faith Bargaining, Freedom of Expression and Statutory Freezes” Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference, Lancaster House ( December 2016)

“Firefighters Behaving Badly in a Social Media World” Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (September 26, 2016)

“Its Not Just the Rescue – The Role of Law and Communications in Major Incidents” Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (September 19, 2015)

“Legal Liability Following The Event” Durham Region 3P Symposium (October 30, 2015)

“Paramedic Negotiation Trends” Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (May 15, 2015)

“Negotiations in the Fire Sector” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (January 21, 2015)


Queen’s University, LL.B.

University of Toronto, B.Sc. (Hons.)