Ernest D. Coetzee

Ernest D. Coetzee

Counsel, Call to the Bar: 1989

Ernie attended the University of Western Ontario and received his B.A. in 1984. He continued his education at the University of Ottawa and obtained his LL.B. in 1987.

Ernie heads our Labour and Employment Law Group and has been a partner with the firm since 1994. Ernie has represented clients before the administrative tribunals involved with many sub-areas of Labour and Employment Law. He has acted as counsel on numerous occasions before all levels of the court in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Ernie has also acted as counsel for several professional athletes, sports franchise owners and professional player associations. He is also the past President of the Toronto Roadrunners Hockey Club of the American Hockey League.

Ernie is a member of the Sports Lawyers’ Association, County of York Law Association, Canadian Bar Association and the Markland Wood Country Club.

Practice Areas:

  • Labour and Employment Law: collective bargaining, employee benefit plan reviews, grievance arbitration, interest arbitration, Ontario labour relations board applications and complaints, human rights commission hearings, occupational health and safety complaints, worker’s compensation board complaints, employment standards branch complaints, pay equity complaints, preparation and negotiation of employment contracts, wrongful dismissal litigation, staff evaluations, performance reviews, staff terminations and judicial review applications.
  • Sports Law

For further assistance, please contact Ernie directly at or at Ext. 222.

Alternatively, his legal assistant, Patricia Ortiz can be reached at or at Ext. 248.