Daniel Pugen*

Tel: 416 777 5194 Fax: 1 888 554 6177
*Legal services provided through Daniel M. Pugen Professional Corporation


Daniel is a partner of the firm and the Chair of our Employment & Labour Group.  Prior to joining Torkin Manes, Daniel was a partner at a national, full-service law firm where he practised for over 10 years.

Daniel represents and advises management and employers on a wide variety of labour, employment and human resources/workplace issues. His labour relations practice involves responding to union certification drives and unfair labour practice complaints and also representing clients at labour board proceedings, grievance arbitration and collective bargaining. His employment practice is varied and deals with all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination, including employment standards compliance and complaints, employment contracts and policies, attendance/disability management, privacy issues, termination/severance obligations, departing employee obligations and restrictive covenants.  

Daniel is regularly asked by clients to assist with human rights compliance and training and to also represent clients in human rights proceedings. Daniel also has experience in workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety and assists clients with regulatory compliance, responding to Ministry of Labour orders and defending employers in health and safety prosecutions. Finally, Daniel also advises on labour and employment issues that arise in the context of a corporate transaction. 

He has represented clients in most sectors of the economy and in both the private and public/broader public sectors, including in the fields of manufacturing, finance, energy, property management, insurance, technology, retail, social and community services, health care and developmental services. He has appeared as lead counsel in litigation matters before labour and employment tribunals and the Courts, including in cases before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, Grievance Arbitrators, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplaces Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, The Financial Services Tribunal, the Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court. 

Daniel regularly provides training on workplace and human resources issues, with a particular focus on workplace violence and harassment, health and safety due diligence and labour/management relations. He also regularly speaks at conferences and is widely published on labour and employment issues.


Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Labour and Employment Law


  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)


  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2004
  • B.A., York University, 2001


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2005