Lorenzo Lisi

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1990

Lorenzo is Leader of the firm's Workplace Law Group. He has practised exclusively in the area of labour and employment law for over 30 years, representing employers on all areas touching labour and employment law, both provincially and federally. 

Lorenzo has developed a practical, business-oriented approach and has built a long list of loyal clients who depend on him for direct solutions, risk analysis and strategic advice. Cognizant of the time pressures and deadlines most employers experience in today’s workplace, he combines focused, calm and proactive advice with exceptional client service, while remaining approachable to all levels of the organization.

His expertise spans the broad spectrum of workplace law, whether it be defending employers against employee claims (wrongful and constructive dismissal, human rights, harassment) or dealing with a unionized workplace. He has extensive experience in grievance and labour board litigation, injunctive proceedings, responding to union organizing and applications for certification, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. Lorenzo also advises his management clients on acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, enforceability of restrictive covenants and the application of various labour and employment statutes. 

Lorenzo writes and speaks extensively. He is the originator of the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law webinar series which provides one hour webinars on current and topical labour and employment issues, and which offers practical advice and tips for employers in navigating the complex laws and rules of the workplace. He also has developed and presents management training seminars on a wide variety of topics, including human rights, union organizing defence strategies, strikes and lock outs, employment policies and procedures and risk management.

Lorenzo has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers as well as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.

Awards & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business as a 'Recognised Practitioner' in Employment & Labour (Ontario)
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in the practice area of Labour and Employment
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Labour and Employment Law
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Employment Law (Employer), Labour Relations (Management) and Workplace Human Rights (Employer)

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal
  • Board of Directors, Conference Organizer and Human Rights Committee Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Labour Law Association
  • Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
  • International Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Corporate Counsel, Constitutional, Civil Liberties, Human Rights)
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Top Labour and Employment Trends 2019: A Look Back, A Look Forward," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 29, 2020.

"Dealing with the Difficult Employee: Managing Work Performance and Staying Clear of Liability," HRPA 2020, January 24, 2020.

"Work, Stress, Addiction, Resources & Recovery: Important Information for Professionals & Employers," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, November 26, 2019.

"Managing Terminations: A Practical Overview and Employment Law Update," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 26, 2019.

"Pride at Work," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, June 26, 2019.

"OH&S Law Update: A Year in Review," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 14, 2019.

"The Modern Workplace: Managing to Succeed," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, April 16, 2019.

"Managing Absenteeism in the Workplace," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, March 26, 2019.

“Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Nurturing Your Business and Maintaining the Law,” HRPA 2019, January 30, 2019.

“The Implications of the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act on Your Workplace,” HRPA 2019, January 30, 2019.

"Top Workplace Issues of 2018: Looking Back and Preparing for the Year Ahead," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 16, 2019.

"Compliance and Liability in the Era of Cannabis Legalization: Tips, Traps and Strategies for Employers," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 25, 2018.

"Legal Fundamentals for Private, Owner-Managed and Family Businesses," Aird & Berlis LLP Private Businesses Webinar, September 26, 2018.

"Blitz-Proof Your Workplace: How to Survive and Thrive During an Inspection," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 29, 2018.

"Steeper Fines and New Reporting Obligations for Employers," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 8, 2019.

"Workplace Wellness and Mental Health: Emerging Issues, Effective Management," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, April 24, 2018.

"Harassment in the Workplace: Players, Policy and Prevention," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, March 27, 2018.

The Countdown to Legalization: Marijuana and Labour/Employment Law,” Law Times, March 19, 2018.

"Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, February 27, 2018.

"Top Labour and Employment Issues of 2017 and Trends to Watch in 2018," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 30, 2018.

"Marijuana Legalization: Is Your Workplace Ready?," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, October 24, 2017.

"Bill 148: The Overhaul of the Employment Standards Act," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 26, 2017.

"Trending Labour and Employment Issues in the Automotive Parts Industry," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, June 6, 2017.

"Workplace Accidents Caused by Defective Equipment and Machinery: Who is Liable?," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 30, 2017.

"Dealing with the Difficult Employee," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, April 25, 2017.

"Emerging Issues in Human Rights: Family Status and Transgender Accommodation in Employment," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, February 28, 2017.

"A Year in Review: Top Issues in Employment Law," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 24, 2017. 

"Tough Questions, Difficult Answers and Head Scratchers: A&B Workplace Law Lawyers Answer Your Questions," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, October 2016.

"The Employment Contract: From Marriage to Divorce," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 2016.

Good Chance of a Labour Disruption for Canada Post, Business News Network, July 2016.

Employment Law Update, CFAA Rental Housing Conference 2016, June 2016.

“Employment Law – What You Need to Know,” Job Skills’ 2016 Employer Training and Development Series, May 2016.

“Workplace Violence: How to Keep Your Employees Safe,” The Knowledge Group’s Workplace Violence Webcast, May 2016.

“Changing Demographics in the Workplace: How To Manage And Thrive,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 2016.

“How Workplace Health, Safety and Privacy Clash and Converge,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, March 2016.

“Medical Marijuana/Cannabis in the Workplace,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, February 2016.

“Top Issues In Employment Law,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 2016.

Accommodation Strategies for Workplace Mental Health Issues, 7th Workplace Mental Health, December 2015.
 
De-Mystifying Mental Health, HR Leaders Summit, November 2015.
 
Accommodating Marihuana for Medical Purposes in the Workplace, November 2015.

Issues in Accommodation, Aird and Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, October 2015.

How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation, Federated Press 8th Preventing Violence & Harassment in the Workplace, October 2015.

Workplace Law Update: What’s New and What to Watch Out For, Aird and Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 2015.

Alcoholism and work: Rights as an employee and employer, Canada AM, September 2015.

Amazon a case study for ‘balanced approach’ to corporate culture, Business Day PM, August 2015.

Investigating and Responding to Bullying and Harassment: Moving From a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Respect, Lancaster House, June 2015.

“There’s Been an Accident: What Do I Do Now? An Employer’s Guide to Responding to Workplace Accidents in 11 (Not So Easy) Steps,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 2015.

Preventing Violence & Harassment in the Workplace, Federated Press, April 2015.

A Guide to Managing Complex Terminations and Litigation, HRM Masterclass: The Legal Series, April 2015.

Attendance Management and Control: An Employer's Guide, Aird and Berlis LLP Breakfast at Your Desk Webinar, January 2015.

Risk Management in the Information Age, HR Leaders Summit, November 2014.

Legal Implications in dismissal, Canada AM, October 2014.

Legal Eye on Mental Health, HRM Online TV, September 2014.

Termination Issues: Trends in Constructive Dismissal, Federated Press program: 2nd Executive Employment Contracts, May 2014.

Labour Relations in the Digital Age: Managing Computer Technology and Social Media During Bargaining and Strikes, 3rd Annual Labour Law Conference, May 2014.

Retroactive Accommodation & Employee Assessments, Federated Press, December 2013.

Help Wanted: Ensuring legally compliant recruitment, hiring and promotion, Lancaster House audio conference, December 2013.

Lunch with the Arbitrators Re: Estoppels, Lancaster House, December 2013.

Corporate Policies for the Use of Social Media and Technology in the Workplace, 8th Internet Law Course, December 2013.

The Injunction Process and Strategies for Managing Picket Activity, Annual Spring AFIMAC Labour Summit: Anatomy of a Labour Disruption and Dealing with Violence in the Workplace, May 2013.

Corporate Policies for Internet and Technology Use in the Workplace, 6th Internet Law Course, Federated Press, December 12, 2011.

Employer Compliance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Elora, Ontario, November 15, 2011.

How to Manage Employees on Leave, Thomson Reuters Webinar, October 13, 2011.

Top Areas of Employment and Labour Law Risk, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, September 22, 2011.

Family Status Accommodation: How Far is Enough?, Thomson Reuters Webinar, April 7, 2011.

Selected Publications

Contributor, "How long are you required to 'hold' an employee's job when they're on sick leave?," HRD Canada, January 2018.

Authored an article entitled, "All in the Family (Status)," in the October 2016 issue of HR Professional.

Authored an article entitled "Workplace Harassment and Corporate Obligations," in the July 2016 issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.

Authored an article entitled "Workplace Violence and Harassment – Employer Obligations Continue To Evolve," in the May 2016 issue of Canadian HR Reporter.

Authored an article entitled “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Employer Rights “Up in Smoke”?” Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, March 2016.

Authored an article entitled "Getting up to Speed on Human Rights," in the December 10, 2014 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Authored an article entitled "HR Risk: Human Rights Damages on the Rise," in the April 2014 issue of HRD Magazine.

Co-authored an article entitled "Misconduct and addiction: When is cause enough?" with Fiona Brown in the November 13, 2013 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Authored an article entitled "Employers Have Some Leeway in Changing Employees Duties," in the June 26, 2013 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Authored an article entitled "Family Status: The Evolving Duty," in the March 6, 2013 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Provided advice in the Ask an Expert Column in the January 9, 2013 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Authored an article entitled "Employee who Refuses to Seek Accommodation," in the January 9, 2013 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Co-authored an article entitled “The Holiday Office Party — Eat, Drink and be Liable?” with Jennifer Heath in the December 4, 2012 issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

Co-authored an article entitled “Technical Analysis of CAO Appointments and Termination Considerations” with Jody E. Johnson in the summer issue of Public Sector Digest.

Education

  • LLB, Queen's University, 1988
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1985