Emily Finnie has a deep commitment to the rights of organized labour and passionately advocates for all workers experiencing injustice.
Emily practices primarily in the areas of labour relations, representing public and private-sector unions in cases heard by arbitrators, other administrative tribunals and the courts. She was introduced to the labour movement by her parents, both of whom were members of public sector unions in Ontario during the historic Days of Action when she was growing up. She learned early the power of solidarity and collective worker resistance.
Emily is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School where she received several academic awards including, the Stringer LLP Essay Prize in Labour Law, the Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award and the Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award from the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. As a law student, Emily served as a senior editor on the Journal of Law and Social Policy, an active member of the Osgoode Hall Law Union, and a volunteer with the Workers’ Action Centre and the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign.
Emily’s legal training included a clinical intensive at Parkdale Community Legal Services where she represented non-unionized workers at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Social Security Tribunal of Canada and Small Claims Court. She also gained practice experience at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic where she provided legal assistance to clients experiencing multiple intersecting inequalities and gender-based violence, in the workplace and elsewhere.
Prior to practicing law, Emily worked in a number of community non-profit organizations with social justice mandates. She holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University.
Emily is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Union of Ontario.