Partner - Rudner MacDonald LLP
Stuart is a founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, a leading law firm specializing in Canadian Employment Law which was selected as one of the top three Employment & Labour Law firms in Canada this year, according to Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards. The firm has also been lauded for its work in social media and was a finalist in the 2016 Legal Marketing Association Toronto Chapter annual ‘Your Honour Awards’.
Stuart provides senior counsel in all aspects of the employment relationship including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline and termination. He works with employees and employers, helping them to understand their legal rights and obligations and providing the strategic advice they need to pursue their goals. At every stage, Stuart’s focus is on achieving practical, cost-effective solutions for his client.
Recently, Stuart was once again selected by his peers for inclusion in the 11th Edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017’ in the area of Employment Law. He was previously selected by his peers for inclusion in the 10th Edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016’ in the area of Employment Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Its lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.
Stuart has repeatedly been named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada), and has also been named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers. Stuart continues to make his mark and expand his reach. He is the founder and moderator of the Canadian HR Law Group on LinkedIn, which now counts more than 13,000 HR professionals, lawyers and businesspeople as members. He enjoys an ever-increasing following for his prolific Twitter updates @CanadianHRlaw and blog posts – which prompted Klout (a website providing social media analytics to measure user influence) to recognize him as a "specialist." In addition to Rudner MacDonald’s blog and his Canadian HR Law Blog, Stuart is part of the team of contributors to the First Reference Talks Blog.
Stuart is regularly called upon by the media to provide his expert opinion on employment law matters. Stuart represented the Human Resources Professionals Association at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark employment law case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc., a testament to his stellar ability to represent clients before courts, mediators and tribunals. Stuart also acts as a mediator in employment-related disputes. His balanced approach has earned the respect of employers and employees as he works with them and their counsel to achieve a reasoned resolution.
A prolific communicator, his book You're Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada has received critical acclaim since its release in 2011. Stuart has also contributed to four other employment law texts.
Stuart enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience through teaching. He chairs and speaks at conferences frequently, including those offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Law Society of Upper Canada. He has been the Chair of the Osgoode Professional Development’s Employment Law Update each year since its inception. He is also the founding Program Director of their HR Law for HR Professionals course and the new Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course. He has been on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both HR Professional Magazine and Consult Carswell.
In addition, Stuart serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) and also the Board of Directors of Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), an organization of lawyers helping to raise awareness of worldwide child poverty among the legal profession and increase financial professional commitment to corporate social responsibility. Stuart is also on the Advisory Committee for the Family Education Centre.
Stuart is a leader within the legal community, having spent years on the Board of Directors and Council of the Ontario Bar Association and the Executive Committee of several sections, including the Labour & Employment Law Section. He is also a member of the HRPA Registration Committee, as well as the Ontario Bar Association’s Audit Committee and Task Force on Alternative Business Structures.
Stuart and his family are actively involved in the community. Over the past nine years, Stuart has donated time and energy to organizations including United Way of York Region, the Volunteer Lawyers Service, the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the One Voice Network, a York Region organization supporting agencies providing employment services to job seekers with disabilities and employers who wish to become equal opportunity employers.
Stuart graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School after obtaining B.A. (Hons) in Industrial Relations from McGill University. He was called to the Bar in 1999.