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Peter Straszynski

Torkin Manes LLP | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 1993


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Torkin Manes LLP
151 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2W7
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Peter, a key partner in Torkin Manes' Labour & Employment Group, has established a comprehensive practice that spans the entirety of labor and employment law. With over three decades of experience, Peter adeptly counsels and represents clients across various sectors, including but not limited to banking, education, healthcare, and manufacturing, in both unionized and non-unionized contexts.

Peter's expertise is broad, guiding employers through the entire employment life cycle, from onboarding to exit strategies. He excels in crafting enforceable employment contracts, drafting restrictive covenants, and developing workplace policies. Moreover, Peter offers preemptive advice to ensure compliance with employment legislation, assists in conducting workplace investigations, and provides strategic advice on discipline and terminations.

Should disputes arise, Peter is known for his calm demeanor, strategic planning, and outstanding representation in court and before administrative bodies. This includes defending against wrongful dismissal claims, navigating Employment Standards Act issues, and addressing Occupational Health & Safety Act charges. Additionally, he skillfully handles Human Rights Code matters, representing employers in front of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal as needed.

In union settings, Peter assists with responding to certification drives, managing collective agreement obligations, contesting unfair labor practice allegations, and resolving or litigating grievances before arbitration panels.

Peter's commitment to service excellence makes him a sought-after advisor and advocate. His clients, HR departments, and corporate legal teams regard him as an essential and effective resource.

His areas of specialization are diverse, covering sectors like Cannabis, Health, and Not-for-Profit & Charities, among others, showcasing his versatile understanding of various industries.

Peter's legal journey is well-documented, with his admission to the Ontario Bar in 1993 following his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992 and a BA from McGill University in 1987, affirming his solid foundation and dedication to his field.


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