Alan Riddell is a lawyer in our Employment, Labour and Public Law Group in Ottawa. 

Alan M. Riddell


Employment, Labour & Public Law

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Alan Riddell is the senior lawyer in our Employment, Labour and Public Law group in Ottawa. He has over 25 years of experience in advising on, and litigating, labour, employment, human rights and public law issues. He is fluently bilingual and practices law in both official languages. He has published, lectured and litigated extensively in the fields of labour and employment law, human rights law and public law.

Alan has appeared as counsel before many different administrative tribunals in the fields of labour and employment law, human rights and public law as well as in a number of reported cases in the Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, and Federal Court of Appeal. In 1991 and 1992, he served as counsel and agent to the Deputy Minister of National Revenue on Employment Insurance appeals to the Tax Court of Canada.

During his legal career, Alan has also successfully argued several high profile constitutional and administrative law cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Canada's first major court decision interpreting the rights of Federal government employees under the Access to Information and Privacy Acts (Dagg v. Minister of Finance), in which he defended the access to information rights of public servants.

Alan also edits the Soloway Wright Labour & Employment Law Newsletters

Year of Call to Bar



  • LLB, University of Toronto (1988)
  • I.E.P.-Rel.Int.,Universite Laval and L’Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris (1982)


English and French

Conferences, Publications, Presentations, & Seminars

Alan is the author of several published legal articles in both English and French in the fields of employment law and constitutional law, including "À la recherche du temps perdu: La Cour suprême et l'interprétation des droits linguistiques constitutionnels dans les années 80" and "Beware of Prospective Employees with Legal Constraints: The Do's and Don't's of Hiring from a Competitor". He has been a frequent speaker and lecturer at law seminars and conferences on labour, employment and human rights topics, and in the past, has also taught the employment law course for Human Resource Professionals at Algonquin College.

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