Peter Israel

Peter Israel      

Peter Israel

Founding Partner



  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1978
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advocates Society
  • County of York Law Association


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, 1976
  • B.A. (Honours), York University, Toronto, Ontario, 1973


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Martindale-Hubbell 2019


Peter’s established reputation and professional accomplishments as a lawyer affirm his abilities. He has been repeatedly named as one of Canada’s most frequently recommended employment lawyers by The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory (each year since 1998) and listed in the American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Peter is the founding partner of ISRAEL FOULON LLP, a boutique practice specializing in Employment and Labour Law. He has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (“AV”) for his skills, integrity, and reputation and has been included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. (each year since its inception in Canada in 2008) Peter has also been named to the National Post-Best Lawyers in Canada since its inception, as well as the World’s Leading Lawyers in Labour and Employment Law. Peter is the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association prestigious Randall Echlin award for mentorship.

With more than 41 years of experience practicing Employment and Labour Law, Peter has acted as counsel to both employees and public and private sector employers in virtually all sectors of industry including, healthcare, cosmetics, manufacturing, retail, broadcast, high technology, financial services, insurance and transportation matters.

He regularly advises executives and in-house counsel responsible for overseeing operations and employees, and provides advice on preventative policies and procedures, recruitment, employment agreements, collective agreements, matters relating to health and safety and human rights in the context of employment, terminations and layoffs, plant closures, successor employer obligations and all manner of labour issues in both the federal and provincial arenas.

Peter has represented clients before many administrative tribunals, both federal and provincial, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Labour Relations Board, various human rights boards of inquiry, employment standards referees, numerous grievance arbitrations, criminal and provincial offences, professional misconduct hearings, coroners' inquests and Occupational Health and Safety proceedings. He has also appeared before all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Peter has been an instructor at the Bar Admissions Course and has lectured in the area of employment law for Continuing Legal Education.

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PI Mediation

The breadth of Peter Israel’s experience as counsel to and a representative of employers and employees alike provides him with a unique opportunity to offer innovative solutions to employment-related disputes.

As a mediator, Peter encourages adverse parties to resolve their disputes conclusively, respectfully, discretely, and with as little animosity as possible. He works hard to assist the parties in achieving a practical resolution in a manner which respects the law, the parties, and the process.

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