Matthew E. McCarthy Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2015 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4392

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

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Matthew E. McCarthy

Matthew McCarthy is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office.

Matthew maintains a broad labour and employment practice advising employers in all areas of workplace law and in their relationships with employees, unions and regulatory agencies. He has acted in matters relating to progressive discipline, absenteeism, disability management, policy enforcement, terminations, mass layoffs/plant closures, among others.

In addition to advocacy work, Matthew also maintains a significant solicitor practice involving, among other things, the negotiation, drafting and review of employment contracts, severance agreements, releases, policies and practices, and employee handbooks.

Matthew attended law school at the University of Windsor, where he was awarded the Torkin Manes LLP award for academic excellence and service to the community. Post-graduation, Matthew summered and articled at a national full service firm with a focus on labour and employment law. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2015, he began his practice by working for two well-regarded management-side labour and employment boutique firms before joining Gowling WLG in May 2019.

Prior to attending law school, Matthew spent a number of years in the operations and human resources branches of the retail industry, working for several large international employers. As a result of these diverse experiences, Matthew is readily able to "step into an employer's shoes" and provide practical, advice that addresses a client's most pressing needs in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Outside the office, Matthew is a fierce competitor on the squash court and an avid supporter of the performing arts. He also takes every opportunity to hone his performance skills on the stage as well as the courtroom, appearing in numerous community theatre productions in the Greater Toronto Area, including the 2019 Lawyers Show.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Community
      2019 Lawyers Show, presented by Nightwood Theatre, Performer
  • 2017

    • Career
      Ogletree Deakins International LLP, Associate
  • 2016

    • Community
      Museum of Ontario Archaeology, Board of Directors
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
    • Career
      Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, Associate
  • 2014

    • Education
      University of Windsor, JD
  • 2013

    • Career
      McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Summer/Articling Student
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      Torkin Manes LLP Award
  • 2000

    • Education
      York University, BFA


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Matthew is an active speaker and writer in the various areas of workplace law. He served as the consulting editor in Canada for XpertHR, an online resource for human resources professionals, and was a contributor to the recent 3rd edition of Canadian Collective Bargaining Law by Wesley B. Rayner, et al.

Matthew has also appeared at numerous conferences speaking on topics such as workplace investigations, social media usage in recruitment, workplace sexual harassment and violence, and accommodation of mental illness.

Some of Matthew's public written work can be found at the links below:

Matthew has also been interviewed and cited by the Canadian edition of Human Resources Director magazine on various topics relating to workplace law:

"Will Ontario reverse controversial public holiday pay changes?", HRD, May 2018.

"Ask a Lawyer: When can you dock an employee's pay?", HRD, April 2018.

Representative Work

Recent highlights include:

  • Advising a US-based client on the employment elements in the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, and assisting with the separation of all non-retained employees.
  • Conducting union avoidance/advanced labour relations training across Canada for hundreds of front line supervisors/managers of a nationwide client.
  • Representing a client in the hospitality industry in a series of grievance arbitrations relating to pay and benefits entitlements.
  • Litigation of a highly contentious civil action involving claims for conversion of employer property and misuse of confidential information, wrongful dismissal allegations, as well as disability accommodation and workplace harassment issues.
  • Advising a client in the process of acquiring another company that was undergoing a union certification drive, both through the transaction itself and through the subsequent operational challenges.