David J. Defrancesco

Partner Toronto, Sarnia, T: 416.869.8544 F: 416.862.8247

Kyla Hull Assistant 416.862.8280 x301 khull@mathewsdinsdale.com


Bar admission

Law Society of Ontario
State Bar of New York


Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
St. John’s University School of Law, NY
York University, B.A.

Membership and affiliations

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Canadian Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association


David has extensive experience advising employers on the laws of the workplace. He is counsel to municipal governments, manufacturers, retailers, public sector organizations, school boards, emergency services providers, warehousers and distributors, and construction companies.

David has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading labour relations lawyers in Canada by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® and by Best Lawyers® in Canada

David focuses on the representation of employers in collective bargaining, before labour relations boards, human rights tribunals and in rights and interest arbitration hearings. He is often engaged to advise on workplace law issues arising from the sale, acquisition or relocation of a business, and in cases involving restructuring in the public and broader public sectors.

David has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, the Ontario Bar Association (Labour and Employment Law Section) and he is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

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