Adrian Miedema

Partner, Dentons

Adrian is a partner in the Toronto Employment group of Dentons Canada LLP. He advises and represents public- and private-sector employers in employment, health and safety and human rights matters. He appears before employment tribunals and all levels of the Ontario courts on behalf of employers. He also advises employers on strategic and risk management considerations in employment policy and contracts.

Experience

  • Industrial client: Acting as counsel to an industrial employer in a successful dismissal of charges in respect of machine guarding under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Pharmaceutical client: Acting as counsel, successfully argued that there was no reasonable prospect of success on charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to a workplace explosion, resulting in the withdrawal of the charges prior to trial.
  • Construction client: Acting as counsel to a construction company in successfully appealing a conviction on charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, resulting in the conviction being overturned and a new trial ordered.
  • Property management client: Acting as counsel to a property management company in obtaining the withdrawal of charges under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
  • Bayer: Advising as Canadian counsel in connection with its US$14.2 billion acquisition of the over-the-counter and consumer personal care business of Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Teledyne Technologies Incorporated: Advising on the CA$337 million acquisition of DALSA Corporate by plan of arrangement. The arrangement was completed following the approval of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) and satisfaction of the various conditions precedent to the arrangement.
  • Confidential client: Acting as counsel to a religious employer in a landmark human rights appeal dealing with the interpretation of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the rights of religious employers to engage in faith-based hiring, and to insist upon religious adherence as a condition of employment.
  • Confidential client: Advising with respect to defending employers charged with health and safety offences.
  • Confidential client: Advising with respect to providing strategic advice to employers to reduce the risk of legal disputes.
  • Confidential client: Advising in connection with workplace safety and insurance matters.
  • Confidential client: Representing employers in human rights matters.
  • Confidential client: Advising with respect to providing risk management advice to employers.
  • Confidential client: Advising with respect to enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation obligations.
  • Confidential client: Advising and representing management in dismissal matters.
  • Confidential client: Representing and advising charities in employment and human rights matters.
  • Confidential client: Advising and representating in drug and alcohol testing matters.