Lisa K. Talbot

Lisa K. Talbot

Toronto: 416.865.8222
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1999
University of Toronto
BA (Honours, Class I Honours), 1996
Queen’s University

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia, 2015 Alberta, 2014 Ontario, 2001


Lisa leads the firm’s Employment Practice and is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She has broad expertise advising companies and Boards of Directors on all manner of human resources issues, guiding behind-the-scenes and representing clients in contentious employment matters.

Lisa is an experienced employment advisor and litigator, with deep expertise in employment class actions defence and investigations. She advises Boards of Directors and senior management on high-profile and sensitive CEO and C-suite departures and hires. She is also at the forefront of advising Canadian businesses on crisis management and response.

Lisa has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, in all levels of court in Ontario, and in the Federal Court, as well as before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Lisa regularly acts for and advises employers on employment class actions, executive departures, sexual harassment investigations, wrongful dismissal claims, hiring and competitive recruiting issues, departing fiduciary and restrictive covenant issues, bonus disputes, policy-setting, workplace investigations, human rights and harassment claims. Lisa has extensive experience conducting and advising employers on whistleblower programs and related investigations.

Lisa is a member of Torys' Executive Committee.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Leading Canadian lawyer in employment and labour (2021)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (Commercial) (2020)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate and commercial litigation (2021)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in labour and employment (2017)

Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2013)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer—Leading lawyer in labour and employment (Ontario) (2011-2012)


HR law seminar


Professional Involvement

Lisa is a sought-after speaker and thought leader. She is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she teaches the law of the workplace in the Global Professional LLM program.

Lisa regularly teaches and lectures on issues relating to employment law, class actions, sexual harassment and advocacy, including for the Advocates' Society, Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, the Osgoode Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). She writes frequently on employment law and class actions and is the co-editor of the Canadian edition of Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis & Practice (3rd Canadian edition), which is used in law schools and advocacy programs across Canada.


Lisa is Co-Chair of the University Tribunal (Trial Division) at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Sterling Hall School.

Memberships and Affiliations

Lisa is a member of the Labour and Employment and Class Actions sections of the Ontario Bar Association and served on the Executive of the Labour and Employment Law Section from 2013-2015 and 2018-2019. She is also a member of CACE (Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers).