Dean is the Managing Partner of Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, responsible for overarching management of the firm’s administration and operations.
He practices labour law exclusively on behalf of trade unions and associations. He regularly represents employees and unions in both industrial and construction matters before labour arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and other administrative tribunals. Dean has litigated a broad range of arbitrations including individual grievances, wide-ranging policy matters and interest arbitrations for renewal collective agreements.
He has successfully protected the privacy rights of workers, maintained bargaining-unit work from pre-fabrication and secured reinstatement for workers wrongfully terminated. Dean also provides his clients with strategic counsel and representation addressing collective bargaining, organizing and lobbying. He prides himself in being a trusted advisor who helps clients find practical solutions to their most pressing problems. When other means fail, he is willing, able and prepared to represent his clients’ interests vigorously through litigation. He quite likes that too.
Dean joined UPFH over 15 years ago after articling with the firm’s predecessor and the Canadian Autoworkers Union. He attended Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in the top 10% of his class.
Dean is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers. He has previously served on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section and is a frequent speaker and chair at labour and employment law conferences.