Alex Kagan

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2017

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  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Selected Publications
  • Insights
  • Education

Alex prides himself on identifying practical solutions for complex employment issues. Prior to law school, Alex had a career in marketing and advertising and developed original brand strategy for some of the country’s largest businesses and not-for-profit organizations. He appreciates that the modern workplace is increasingly fluid and the only constant is change.

As a litigator and member of the firm’s Workplace Law Group, Alex assists employers in defending a variety of employment and labour claims. Alex also works closely with clients to identify strategic vulnerabilities with the goal of resolving issues before litigation arises. In addition to diligent advocacy, Alex leverages his experience conducting workplace investigations as well as drafting and implementing employment agreements and various workplace policies.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for his expertise in Labour & Employment Law
  • Finalist, Extractive and Indigenous Affairs Negotiation Moot, 2016
  • Best Respondent Factum, Lerners LLP Cup, 2014
  • Finalist, Torys LLP Negotiation Competition, 2014

Professional Involvement

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Navigating the Hidden Cost of Employment Liabilities in a Valuation," Chartered Business Valuators Institute, September 26, 2023.

"Work From Home: The New Normal?," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, March 1, 2023. 

"Human Rights and Accommodation in the Workplace: The Rules of the Road," National Employment Law Forum, February 22, 2023. 

"Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Legal Compliance with Web Accessibility and Accessibility Compliance Reports," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, June 10, 2021.

"Workplace Vaccinations: Legal Considerations and Recommendations for Employers,"  Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, May 19, 2021.

"Workplace Investigations: Best Practices for Your Organization," April 6, 2021.

"Top Labour and Employment Trends From 2020: Preparing for the Unpredictable," Aird & Berlis Workplace Webinar, February 2, 2021.

Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Online Session, November 24, 2020.

Selected Publications

Co-Author, "Deadline Extended: Licensing Requirements for Ontario Employers That Leverage Recruiters and Temporary Help Agencies Now Effective July 1, 2024," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, December 13, 2023.

Co-Author, "Employers in Ontario That Leverage Recruiters and Temporary Help Agencies Take Note – New Licensing Requirements Effective January 1, 2024," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, October 23, 2023.

Co-Author, "Mark Your Calendar: AODA Compliance Report Deadline Approaching on December 31, 2023," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, October 23, 2023.

Co-Authored “Atypical Workers – Domestic and Abroad,” with Lorenzo Lisi, AELC Workplace in Transition Conference, October 2022.

Co-Authored "Key Post-Pandemic Considerations for Employers with Cross-Border Employment Relationships," with Dasha Peregoudova and Kristen Shorer (Student), The Lawyer's Daily, October 13, 2022.

"Return to Work: Managing Employee Reluctance and Refusals," October 2020.

"COVID-19: Can Ontario Employers Refuse to Work?" Workplace Environment Health & Safety Reporter, March 2020.

Co-Authored "Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment: Costly Lessons in the #MeToo Era," with Angela Khoury, OBA Annual Update on Human Rights, May 2018.

"The Evolving Demands of Franchisor Disclosure," OBA, 2015.


  • JD, Western University, 2016
  • HBA, Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006