Michael S. Ruddy


Michael S. Ruddy is a founder of the firm and a specialist in labour and employment Law. Michael regularly appears as counsel for management before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and sits on arbitration boards in labour disputes. Although his practice is not limited to the construction industry, Michael specializes in labour and employment disputes between unions and various trades in the construction industry. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1977 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979.

Michael is an experienced negotiator in areas relating to collective agreements and other types of agreements made between unions and various businesses. He has extensive knowledge concerning union-related labour matters, including but not limited to certification applications, referral of grievances, unfair labour practice complaint applications, and jurisdictional and sector disputes. Michael represents a wide variety of associations related to the construction industry, including the Ottawa Construction Association and the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Ottawa, among others.

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Carleton County Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

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