Matthew de Lio

Matthew De Lio

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Matthew De Lio is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. He advises unionized and non-unionized employers on every day legal issues such as employment standards compliance, employment contracts, and reductions in force. He strategically guides businesses through the numerous and complicated labour and employment law issues that arise from corporate transactions. He successfully defends employers in litigation, including in matters regarding wrongful dismissals, occupational health and safety act prosecutions, and human rights law challenges.

Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 2015, and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2018. Matthew articled at the Ontario Ministry of Labour - Legal Services Branch, where he prosecuted Ontario Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Standards Act offences at the Ontario Court of Justice. He also represented the Director of Employment Standards at contested hearings at the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Matthew is a frequent contributor to Baker McKenzie's Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog.

Practice Focus

Matthew focuses on advising unionized and non-unionized employers on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious labour and employment law issues, such as occupational health and safety requirements, employment standards requirements, workplace accommodation, discrimination and harassment, collective bargaining and labour relations, and reductions in force.

Matthew helps clients navigate employment and labour issues in the context of corporate transactions, providing creative and practical solutions to challenging problems. Matthew helps clients with a wide range of complex corporate transactions, from local acquisitions within Canada, to billion-dollar multi-national deals.

Matthew also has a broad litigation practice, with a focus on labour and employment law. As a former Crown prosecutor, he particularly specializes in defending clients against Occupational Health and Safety Act charges.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Advocates' Society


  • Ontario~Canada (2019)


  • University of Toronto (JD) (2018)
  • University of Toronto (BA English / History) (2015)