Jordan Arthur Kirkness

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Jordan Kirkness is a partner in our North America Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group. Advising and representing employers in all areas of labour, employment and compensation law, Jordan has a broad range of experience in both public and private sectors, including union and non-union workplaces.

Jordan was admitted to the bar in Ontario and British Columbia in 2010, and has appeared before arbitrators, administrative tribunals, and all levels of court in Ontario, in labour and employment disputes. Jordan is a recipient of the Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, and is certified by the Human Resources Professionals Association as a workplace investigator.

Practice Focus

Jordan works hard to understand each client’s individual needs, and provides tailored, strategic and pragmatic advice to assist clients in identifying the right legal solution.

Jordan regularly advises employers in all areas of labour, employment and compensation law, including pension and benefits, human rights and accommodation, union certification, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, wrongful dismissal, privacy, workplace policies and procedures, employment contracts, workplace investigations and occupational health and safety.

Jordan has unique experience working with new businesses who are starting, or expanding into Canada, helping them efficiently establish enforceable employment agreements and compliant workplace policies and procedures.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario - Member
  • Law Society of British Columbia - Member
  • Ontario Bar Association - Member
  • Canadian Bar Association - Member
  • The Advocates' Society - Member


  • Ontario~Canada (2010)
  • British Columbia~Canada (2010)


  • Dalhousie University (Juris Doctor) (2009)
  • University of Calgary (Bachelor of Arts Philosophy Honours) (2006)
  • University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music in Performance) (2001)


Speaker, "Avoiding Hiring Hiccups – How to Start the Relationship Off Right," 2018 HR Law Conference, Human Resources Professionals Association, 2018

Speaker, "Ensuring the Workplace Doesn't Go To Pot," New Every Day of the Workplace Client Seminar, Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Group (Toronto), 2018

Speaker, "Changes to the Labour Relations Act Resulting from Bill 148," Bill 148: Review & Compliance Check’ Seminar, Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Group (Toronto), 2018

Speaker, "Bill 132: Critical Issues in Workplace Safety Programs and Investigations," Ontario Bar Association Institute, 2017

Speaker, "Navigating the Compliance Minefield: Employer Responsibilities under Bill 132," Baker McKenzie’s Labour and Employment Seminar Series, 2016