As many of our friends and colleagues in the labour community may already know, David Yazbeck has left private practice at RavenLaw to work within the labour movement as the Director, National Labour Relations, at PIPSC. David has a long history representing PIPSC and its members, championing human rights and whistleblower protections in numerous precedent-setting cases on the union’s behalf. This is an exciting opportunity for David to continue to pursue his life-long commitment to workers’ rights, on behalf of an important voice for labour in this country.
David leaves private practice with a legacy of historic victories at all levels of court, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice issues through important pro bono work. He has litigated important cases involving racism and anti-Black racism, and his commitment to the arts, and artists, led to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling ensuring artists could meaningfully participate in collective bargaining. We will miss David’s many contributions to RavenLaw, including his vast experience litigating complex issues on behalf of workers, most notably in the areas of human rights and pay equity. It goes without saying, however, that we will miss having him as a colleague even more.
While it is difficult to lose a founding member who has done so much for the firm, we know David will continue to play an important role in the labour movement, using his energy and talents to advance the interests of workers across Canada. We wish David all the best in this next step in his career and look forward to continuing to work alongside him in the future.