1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar

Who We Are

When working with Dentons, you do not have to go from firm to firm when your employment law needs cross borders, or become complicated with securities, tax, intellectual property or pensions issues. With offices and expertise in 79 locations and 52 countries, Dentons can respond to the full range of complex employment law issues that arise in the operation of your business and with our proactive advice, prevent issues from arising.

Strategic thinking and good judgment as well as specialized legal knowledge are required to manage your modern-day employment law issues. Organizational risk management (how would a decision in this case affect other employees?) as well as reputation management (how will your organization look if this decision is posted on the Internet?) can be as important as the management of potential liability, in the specific case at hand. You need Dentons lawyers who see the whole picture and who will go the distance for you in court or a tribunal.

Increasingly, employment issues cross into other areas of the law — for example, tax matters or stock options  —  and require the full services that Dentons, an integrated, global law firm, can provide. Companies merging unionized and non-unionized workforces with complex pension and privacy issues will benefit greatly from the depth and breadth of expertise at Dentons in employment, labour, pensions and privacy law.

Responsiveness, broad strategic thinking and judgment, specialized expertise, strong advocacy and an integrated, global presence. From prevention to litigation, Dentons is your full service firm. Dentons is a global firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. We were formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.

Learn more at dentons.com.

Our Editors

Andy Pushalik

Phone: 416 862 3468

As an associate in the firm’s Employment and Labour Group, Andy advises employers on a wide variety of issues including employee hirings and terminations, human rights, occupational health and safety, employment standards and labour relations. Andy joined the firm as a summer student in 2005 and articled with the firm in 2006-2007. Prior to his return as an associate, Andy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Allen M. Linden and the Honourable Mr. Justice John M. Evans of the Federal Court of Appeal. While in law school Andy was awarded the J.W. Whiteside Award, the Gowlings LLP Prize in Securities Regulation and the CCH Prize for Legal Writing.

Barbara Johnston

Phone: 403 268 3030

Barbara is the Canadian Co-Chair of Dentons' Labour and Employment Group. Her practice focuses on labour, employment, human rights, constitutional and privacy law. She is actively involved in counselling employers in both union and non-union environments on labour relations and human resource issues.

Dana Hooker

Phone: 604 648 6539

As an associate with Dentons Canada LLP's Labour & Employment and Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution teams, Dana assists clients in navigating the many challenges present in today’s workplace and business environments.

Jeff Mitchell


Jeff is a partner in the Toronto Employment and Labour Group of Dentons Canada LLP. He represents public and private sector employers in the areas of employment and labour relations law, human rights and occupational health and safety. He regularly acts as counsel before employment tribunals and all levels of the Ontario courts. He also advises employers on contractual and labour issues, as well as advising employers proactively on strategies to effectively manage human resources issues.


Phone: 514 878 8820

Michel Towner has over 20 years of experience in federal and provincial labour law. Author of numerous articles, he has been invited by many organizations as a speaker on topics of interest for employers.


Related Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We are a recognized leader in the promotion and delivery of ADR: our ADR Group is experienced in the full range of arbitration, negotiation, mediation and settlement techniques, from local matters to national and international issues.


Corporate | Commercial

We are recognized for our consistent ability to structure, negotiate and close complex or routine transactions efficiently and effectively.


Financial Services

In the world of financial services, lenders, borrowers and underwriters look for sophisticated legal knowledge, depth and breadth of experience and superb client service.


Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers is to enable our clients to achieve that resolution in the most timely and cost effective means possible and to preserve the client’s reputation.


Pensions | Benefits

We help employers, administrators, trustees and pension committees understand their options and responsibilities and structure their programs to deal with today’s challenges as well as tomorrow’s.



We counsel clients collecting personal information as part of a merger, companies outsourcing data storage, health care organizations, large employers developing privacy policies, and technology companies storing data.



Commercial agreements, licensing and regulatory matters, competition policy, environmental issues, free-trade and open-sky arrangements—these are all familiar territory for us.