Stephen J. Shamie

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Partner, Toronto
Direct: 416.864.7304
Main: 416.362.1011
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Year of Call: Ontario, 1988
  • Biography

Stephen Shamie is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. He has over 30 years of experience advising and representing employers on a wide variety of matters relating to human resources law.

Stephen’s practice emphasizes the negotiation of collective agreements and the defence of employers in arbitration cases, human rights hearings, labour board proceedings and before the courts. He regularly negotiates collective agreements in the hospitality, media, sports and industrial sectors. Stephen has acted as lead employment and labour counsel on many different corporate transactions and has been retained on numerous occasions by both corporations and other law firms.

Stephen served as the firm’s Managing Partner for 18 years and is general counsel for the Canadian Football League.


Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2006–2024)
Labour and Employment Law

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (2016)
Labour and Employment Law, Toronto

Chambers Canada – Band 1 (2016–2024)
Employment & Labour, Ontario

Chambers Global – Band 1 (2008–2018)
Employment & Labour

Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leader (2021–2024)
Labour & Employment

Who’s Who Legal – Global Leader (2021–2023)
Labour & Employment

Who’s Who Legal – National Leader, Canada (2013–2023)
Labour, Employment & Benefits

The Legal 500 Canada (2015–2021)
“Leading Practitioner” – Labour and Employment Law

Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2015–2024)
Labour Relations (Most Frequently Recommended); Employment Law (Consistently Recommended)

Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2005–2021)
Labour and Employment Law

Lexpert® US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada (2018–2019)
Labour and Employment Law (Most Frequently Recommended)

Expert Guides Best of the Best (2017)
Labour and Employment

Memberships & Affiliations

30% Club Canada – Member

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member

Canadian Bar Association – Member

Canadian Bar Association Law Firm Leadership Conference – Co-Chair (2014, 2016, 2017), Organizing Committee Member (2013, 2015)

H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd. – Member, Board of Directors

Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Dean’s Council – Member

Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workforce – Member of the Advisory Committee

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour and Employment Law)

Ontario Volleyball Association – Member of the Board of Directors (2013–2016)


Queen’s University, LL.B.

McGill University, M.B.A.

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