Natalie C. MacDonald
Name: Natalie C. MacDonald
Firm Name: MacDonald & Associates
Country: Canada
Expertise: Employment Litigation

Telephone: 416-601-2300
Fax: 416-601-2288
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Natalie MacDonald is our exclusively recommended Employment Litigation expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Natalie directly using the contact details listed above.

Natalie is the owner and founder of MacDonald & Associates, a boutique law firm specialising in Canadian Employment Law. MacDonald & Associates formed following the dissolution of Natalie’s former firm, which had been in existence for four years, the last two for which it had been selected as one of the top three Employment & Labour Law firms in Canada, according to Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards.

In her personal capacity, Natalie has been selected as one of the leading Labour and Employment law practitioners in the world in both 2016 and 2017, according to the 6th and 7th editions of the Expert Guides Women in Business Law guide. Lawyers listed in the Expert Guides Women in Business Law publication are nominated by in-house counsel and peers, and selected through independent research and peer evaluations.

Natalie was also selected as the Employment Litigation Law Expert in Canada in 2017 by both Global Law Experts and Leaders in Law. The accreditation process is by invitation only, with recommendations coming via the research team. She has repeatedly been named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners, and was recently nominated as one of Canada’s Top 25 Legal Influencers, in the category of Change-makers. The term “legal influencers” of this highly prestigious nomination encompasses both judges and lawyers.

Natalie is the author of the textbook, and leading authority on, Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law, which received critical acclaim as an authority on the subject by courts and members of the bar. The book reviews extraordinary damages in wrongful dismissal cases across Canada, including moral damages and the meaning of ‘bad faith’ in wrongful dismissal situations, damages for mental distress, punitive damages, damages based on actions in tort, personal injury damages in an employment law context, as well as human rights remedies under provincial and federal legislation.

In 2017, Natalie won Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada Inc., in which she achieved the highest amounts of extraordinary damages in employment law, where her client was awarded $500,000 for punitive damages, and $250,000 for moral damages for its bad faith manner of dismissal becoming the leading case in extraordinary damages in Canadian employment law. Her previous precedent setting case of Antidormi v. Blue Pumpkin Software Inc. [2004], touted as a leading decision in the area of inducement of employees to organisations, and in which she achieved extraordinary damages in that case was cited in Galea in support.