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R. Ross Wells
Partner

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1981 - Ontario

Primary Office: Waterloo Region

R. Ross Wells

Ross Wells is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office, with over 30 years' experience in providing strategic advice to employers in both union and non-union environments. 

He has been repeatedly recognized as a leading employment and labour lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and, in 2015, was named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada for employment and labour law in Waterloo Region.

While a seasoned litigator with experience before all levels of court and numerous tribunals, Ross' primary goal is to provide practical advice that meets the real needs of employers, and avoids the cost and delay of litigation. His advice addresses the major legal issues that employers face: union drives, conducting business with unions, dismissal cases, human rights, protection of employer property (including intellectual property), and general compliance with provincial employment legislation. 

His litigation experience includes arguing cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court, and representing parties at trials in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Canada. He has significant experience in the area of drug and alcohol testing, having acted for a major Canadian employer in an effort to advance the employer's right to conduct such testing. He has expertise in constitutional litigation, including claims under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Ross served two terms as the managing partner of the Waterloo Region office, from 1994 to 1998 and 2010 to 2015, during which time he was also a member of the firm's national management committee. Prior to that, Ross practised in the firm's Toronto office for 10 years.

He is actively involved in the community, having served as chair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the board of governors of Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grand River Hospital in Kitchener Waterloo.


September2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

July2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

September2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

July2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

September2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

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Career & Recognition

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

2013

May 2013

Starbucks International Excellence in Diversity Award

2013

February 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013

1981

1981

Year of Call, Ontario

Osgoode Hall, LLB

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R. Wells

Ross Wells is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office, with over 30 years' e...

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R. Wells

Ross Wells is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office, with over 30 years' e...

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Client Work

  • Advises a multi-national restaurant enterprise on Canadian employment issues
  • Represented numerous employers in successfully responding to union certification applications
  • Defended alcohol and drug testing policies and employers’ actions pursuant to same at labour arbitrations and human rights proceedings
  • Advised purchasers on employment issues arising in corporate acquisitions

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R. Wells

Ross Wells is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office, with over 30 years' e...

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