George practices trial and appellate litigation, with a focus on labour, employment, administrative and constitutional law, class actions, post-secondary education law, and trade secrets. He has acted as lead counsel in trials, appeals, judicial reviews, class actions, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings.
George has expertise in judicial reviews and appeals and has argued some of the most significant cases in the labour, employment, and administrative law areas in the recent past. He also has substantial trial and arbitration experience and has been lead counsel on several significant matters involving human rights, harassment, fraud, and wrongful dismissal.
George has represented the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada in two cases involving Wal-Mart and its decision to close one of its stores in Jonquiere, Quebec. He also represented the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada in the seminal employment case of Honda.
At the Ontario Court of Appeal, George has been lead counsel on precedent setting matters, including whether an employer must provide an employee consideration for a termination clause in an asset transaction (Olympus), the scope and purpose of punitive damages in wrongful dismissal matters (Pate), the jurisdiction of a court to entertain a wrongful dismissal case after a union has been certified but before a collective agreement has been negotiated and finalized (Cintas), and the enforceability of termination clauses in employment contracts (Holland and Andros).
George has also argued significant cases on judicial review, including in Bart v. McMaster University where the Divisional Court thoroughly addressed the scope and powers of an internal administrative tribunal at a University and in UFCW, Local 1400 v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. where the Saskatchewan Queen's Bench upheld the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board's decision that it had no jurisdiction over Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a successor and related employer application.
Representative Legal Matters
Lead counsel for the intervener, the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada, in Travailleurs et Travailleuses de L'Alimentation et du Commerce, Section Locale 503 v. Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
Lead counsel for the intervener, the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada, at the Supreme Court of Canada in Plourde v. Wal-Mart Canada Corporation, 2009 SCC 54 and Desbiens et al. v. Wal-Mart Canada Corporation, 2009 SCC 55.
Lead counsel for the intervener, the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada, at the Supreme Court of Canada in Honda Canada Inc. operating as Honda of Canada Mfg. v. Kevin Keays: 2008 SCC 39.
Lead counsel in Bart v. McMaster University 2016 ONSC 5747 (Can LII), in which he successfully represented McMaster University in one of the most significant judicial reviews involving internal university administrative tribunals.
Lead counsel in Holland v. Hostopia.com, 2015 ONCA 762 in which he successfully upheld the trial court's findings that the Plaintiff was not entitled to commissions arising out of a transaction.
Lead counsel in Pate Estate v. The Corporation of the Township of Galway-Cavendish and Harvey (2013), 117 O.R. (3d) 481 on the scope of punitive damage awards.
Lead counsel in Krishnamoorthy v. Olympus Canada Inc. 2017 ONCA 873, in which he persuaded the Ontario Court of Appeal that fresh consideration was not required for a termination clause that was secured as part of an offer of employment in an asset transaction. The Supreme Court denied leave to appeal.
Lead counsel in Andros v. Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc. 2019 ONCA 679, which addressed the enforceability of termination clauses.
Lead counsel for Sony of Canada Ltd., 2015 ONSC 5859, in Riskie v. Sony of Canada Ltd., in which he secured a complete dismissal of all claims in a motion for summary judgment.
Lead counsel to major Ontario universities in a number of matters, including matters before the trial and appellate courts.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of Ontario
- Ontario Bar Association - Executive Member, Labour Law Section 2004-2005
- The Advocates' Society
- Canadian Association of University Solicitors
- Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
- Ontario~Canada (1999)
- Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.M. Administrative Law) (2002)
- Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.) (1997)
- York University (B.A.) (1993)