YOUR LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS
McMahon Morrison Watts is an association of lawyers who practice labour and employment law, advocating for unions and employees in all matters related to the workplace.
We are committed and strong advocates for employees in all fields of work and strive to resolve all matters in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Joanne McMahon has been providing legal services to the trade union movement for over 24 years and works closely with a variety of union clients throughout the province. Her practice is entirely devoted to union-side labour relations law. Joanne holds a Masters degree in anthropology from the University of Western Ontario and attended Osgoode Hall Law School. She has conducted hundreds of arbitrations, labour board hearings at both the federal and provincial levels and appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, as well as the federal and provincial Human Rights Tribunals. Joanne also conducts seminars for various clients both locally and throughout North America.
Craig Morrison is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. After practicing for several years in Toronto for a union side labour and employment law firm, Craig moved to Ottawa, becoming one of two partners in a twelve lawyer union side labour and employment law firm. In 2008, Craig moved his family, and his practice to London, Ontario.
Craig has extensive experience representing public and private sector union clients at arbitration, at provincial and federal labour relations boards, and in the courts. His practice has focused on the representation of clients in the construction industry, as well as clients in manufacturing, transportation and transit sectors. Craig also has extensive experience representing broader public sector trade unions.
In addition to acting for trade union clients, Craig has represented employees in wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints and in appeals involving the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Craig is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Middlesex Law Association, and sits is a member of the Ontario Labour Relations Board Advisory Committee.
Georgina Watts is a graduate of University of Ottawa Law School and was called to the Bar in 1992. Since her call to the bar, Georgina has represented trade unions both in private practice and as Senior Legal Counsel to the largest private sector union in Ontario. As lead counsel at UFCW Locals 175 & 633 for twelve (12) years, Georgina led a busy department with appearances at arbitrations, negotiations, labour boards and other administrative tribunals and the courts.
In October, 2007, Georgina left the Union to commence private practice. She has joined forces with Craig Morrison and Joanne McMahon to form McMahon Morrison Watts where she continues to represent unions and employees. Their practice is restricted to labour, employment, human rights and disability law on behalf of trade unions and individuals. In addition, Georgina regularly appears as union side nominee at arbitration and conducts educational seminars for union representatives and stewards.
For seven (7) years, Georgina co-chaired The Six Minute Labour Lawyer; an annual educational seminar presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada for labour law practitioners. She regularly presents papers and participates in panel discussions on labour relations, human rights and employment matters.
Georgina plays entirely too much hockey and loves to run in High Park and ski.
Erin Buchner graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours B.A. in Sociology. She went on to obtain her J.D. from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law in 2010. Erin was called to the Bar in 2011.
Erin’s practice encompasses all areas of labour and employment law. She routinely reviews employment contracts and termination packages, offering practical and strategic advice for employees faced with difficult decisions. Erin also represents employees in wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, and other disputes, guiding clients through the litigation process to achieve cost effective results.
In addition, Erin advises and represents the firm’s trade union clients at arbitration, at provincial and federal labour relations boards, and in the courts.
Erin is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, and the Middlesex Law Association.
Erin Hallock is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and she was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. Erin joined Morrison Watts as an associate in 2011 and her practice focuses on employment, human rights and labour law on behalf of employees and unions. She regularly represents clients before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and she also appears before the Social Benefits Tribunal and the Pensions Appeal Board in matters involving Ontario Works (OW), the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Erin is adept at providing representation through settlement negotiations, mediations and hearings, where necessary, in order to achieve the best possible results for her clients.
Prior to joining Morrison Watts in 2011, Erin articled at a boutique litigation firm in Toronto where she gained valuable experience representing clients in administrative law and civil litigation proceedings. Her practice focused on employment, human rights and disability law, and she appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals. Erin has also gained significant experience working in legal clinic settings with Legal Aid Ontario and Downtown Legal Services. In these contexts she represented low-income clients from diverse backgrounds and appeared regularly before the Immigration and Refugee Board. Erin also worked for a summer as a legal intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Erin enjoys the great outdoors where you will often find her hiking, skiing or playing basketball.
Stephanie is fueled by her passion for fairness and justice, having spent twenty years as a dedicated police officer before being called to the Bar in 2015. Stephanie has focused her practice in the area of employment law with a particular emphasis on human rights and police professional discipline where her skills and personal attributes can be best used in the service of individuals experiencing considerable workplace difficulties.
In 2011, Stephanie retired from the London Police Service, following two decades of dedicated service. As a police sergeant, and as a member of the Police Service’s Harassment Advisory Committee, Stephanie was well acquainted with all aspects of employment and human rights issues within a police environment.
Police sector employment law is a specialized area, requiring an in-depth understanding of police work. Stephanie is uniquely positioned to provide unrivalled insight and understanding of police employment issues.
As she neared the end of her policing career, Stephanie was appointed as the Police Service’s first Diversity Officer, where she was responsible for establishing meaningful relationships with London’s highly-valued diverse communities.
Stephanie is a natural advocate who brings passion and effective communication together to provide creative, sensitive, and well-formulated legal solutions to challenging workplace issues.
Stephanie is a graduate of Western University Law School. She articled with McMahon Morrison Watts, before joining the firm as an associate in 2015.
Fathima Cader joined McMahon Morrison Watts 2017, where her practice focuses on representing unions, employees, and individuals in human rights, employment, and labour law cases. She regularly assists unions in organizing new units and in servicing existing ones. In the non-union context, she regularly represents employees facing discrimination in their workplace and students facing discrimination in their universities and colleges. Prior to joining MMW, Fathima served in legal clinics in Toronto, Dar es Salaam, Vancouver, and Ottawa.
Fathima’s commitment to the public interest has brought her before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.
Fathima teaches at the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, where she is also a Senior Fellow with the Faculty’s Transnational Law & Justice Network.
Fathima is a regular media commentator and writer, with her research and advocacy interests particularly focused on workers’ rights, police accountability, prison abolitionism, and national security. Her recent publications include "Terror’s Lawfare" in The New Inquiry on comparative analyses of anti-terror laws in Canada and Sri Lanka; "Made You Look: Niqabs, the Muslim Canadian Congress, and R v NS" in the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (peer-reviewed) on the rights of veil-wearing complainants in sexual assault cases; and "Tamil, tiger, terrorist? Anti-migrant hysteria and the criminalization of asylum seekers" in Briarpatch Magazine on mass detentions in Canada of Tamil asylum-seekers fleeing Sri Lanka post-2009.