Matthew Macdonald practices commercial litigation in a variety of areas with a specialty in employment and labour, contractual dispute, confidential information, professional body regulating work, and reputational risk litigation.
Matthew has represented clients before the Alberta Provincial Court and Queen's Bench, Canadian and Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Labour Board. Matthew has significant experience with both federally and provincially regulated workers in unionized and non-unionized environments.
Matthew is a published author on the complex and evolving topic of medical marijuana in the workplace and has helped employers investigate this complex topic for safety sensitive and non-safety sensitive employees. He has also represented clients before various human rights commissions involving medical marijuana.
Matthew draws on a breadth of experience to help his clients solve their disputes in an efficient and pragmatic manner that works for their business. Upon graduation Matthew completed a Judicial Clerkship for the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario, and then joined Bennett Jones as an Associate. Matthew has also worked as a Senior Advisor to Cabinet Ministers in both the federal and provincial governments. From 2012 – 2014 Matthew served as a Senior Advisor to the Premier of Alberta and was responsible for directing the government's agenda and position.
- Successfully obtained an injunction preventing operation of an event that was using confidential information and confusing the public to believe it was a different event.
- Represented professionals before their oversight body under investigation for unprofessional conduct.
- Represented employers in disputes about phantom share payouts to terminated employees and reasonable notice.
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