Darren Stratton is the Leader of our Labour and Employment Practice Group. He is a prominent management-side labour and employment lawyer. He counsels employers on various aspects of Canadian labour and employment laws, with a particular focus on grievance arbitration and human rights.
For over 25 years, Darren has advised employers across business sectors, helping them understand their rights and obligations pertaining to union-management relations, employee discharge and discipline, human rights and employment standards. His determined, unrelenting approach enables him to excel in collective bargaining; grievance arbitration; labour relations board and human rights proceedings; wrongful dismissal actions; and injunction applications. Assisting clients within the construction and oil and gas industries, as well as those spanning the health care and public sectors, Darren has earned a deep trust for his extensive knowledge and experience.
Having developed his initial interest in labour and employment early in his post-secondary education, Darren has gained considerable expertise in this area, earning him recognition by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2010 and has been listed as a Provincial Litigation Star under employment law in Benchmark Canada. From 2015 to 2017, Darren represented Newfoundland and Labrador as an elected board member of Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. He continues to be an active member of this leading management-side labour and employment lawyers organization.
Darren has taught labour relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Memorial University. He continues to provide specialized training and seminars on employment law and labour relations topics for clients, other lawyers and through Memorial University’s Gardiner Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council. Darren is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador and its Disciplinary Panel, and the Canadian Bar Association.
Darren has contributed to his community as vice-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, director of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation and president of the Better Business Bureau of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a former commissioner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Scouts Canada and continues to be a dedicated Scouter, helping to organize and volunteer at provincial, national and international jamborees.
LL.B., Dalhousie University (1992)
B.Comm. (Co-op), Memorial University of Newfoundland (1989)
- Newfoundland & Labrador (1993)