For almost 40 years, Lorne Richmond has represented private and public sector trade unions and their members before labour relations boards, arbitrators, and the courts. He likes the action; whether litigating, negotiating or settling, he brings a strategic focus to every fight.
Lorne has a particular interest in union organizing campaigns, mergers and inter-union affairs. He represented Ontario bricklayers in their ten-year campaign to win independence from their international union. He also spearheaded the effort to convince the Ontario government to amend the Labour Relations Act to require international unions in the construction industry to demonstrate just cause before placing a local in trusteeship or merging one local with another. More recently, he assisted in achieving improvements to legislation governing training and apprenticeships.
As counsel to a number of multi-employer, trusteed pension and benefit plans in the construction industry, Lorne has also developed an eclectic pension and benefits litigation practice.
From time to time, Lorne acts on behalf of clients in public interest litigation. Most significantly, he was co-counsel in the 2002 court proceedings that successfully halted the privatization of Hydro One.
Lorne has repeatedly been recognized by his peers as a leading construction labour relations lawyer, including in Best Lawyers and in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.In November 2017 he will be inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
A founding member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, Lorne also served on the Practice Advisory Committee of the Ontario Labour Relations Board for a number of years. Lorne is a Toronto native and graduate of the University of Toronto faculty of law.