Bird Richard – Lawyers for Employers

Our goal is to find tailored solutions to ensure that our clients comply with their legal obligations without compromising their business needs.
We provide direct day-to-day legal services and representation to private and public sector organizations on the complete range of employment issues.

Bird Richard is a management-side labour and employment law firm centrally located in Ottawa.  Serving clients nationally, the Firm’s labour and employment lawyers provide the full range of labour and employment law services in Canada’s official languages.  Our clients range from large Crown Corporations with national operations, to small local construction firms. We also provide services to corporations in Alberta and Nunavut.

We serve both provincially and federally regulated employers and our lawyers are experienced in the interpretation, application and implementation concerns of all legislation impacting on employers under both legislative spheres.

We are prepared to defend important issues on behalf of our clients before the appellate courts, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

We are proud that our expertise is recognized by our clients who utilize our services not only in Eastern Ontario, but across Canada:

  • Wrongful dismissal litigation in Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut;
  • Labour arbitration litigation in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nunavut and British Columbia;
  • Employment and human rights advice to a national chain store across Canada;
  • Occupational Health and Safety Appeals in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick;
  • Workers’ compensation appeals in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; and,
  • Representation before the Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board and the Public Service Staff Relations Board.

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Bird Richard

508-130 Albert Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 5G4

T: 613-238-3772

F: 613-238-5955

Our Dedicated Team

Stephen Bird

Stephen Bird


Stephen Bird is a founding Partner of the Firm of Bird Richard, and has spent his entire legal career representing employers in labour and employment law matters.

He holds a Master’s Degree in European Employment Law from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employment Lawyers, as a Leading Labour Lawyer by LEXPERT and has been inducted as a Fellow by the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

As a former in-house labour law counsel to the country’s largest Crown Corporation, and as a management-side labour law practitioner in private practice since 1992, Stephen has appeared in hundreds of labour arbitrations, acted as chief negotiator on numerous sets of collective agreement negotiations, been involved in major cases before federal and provincial labour Boards, and has appeared at all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts.

Stephen is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, and the Bars of Alberta and Nunavut.

Caroline Richard

Caroline Richard


Caroline has practiced with the Firm since her call to the Bar in September 2002. She provides legal representation and advice to employers in both official languages with respect to all labour and employment matters, including wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, collective bargaining, workers’ compensation claims and workplace harassment investigations.

Caroline has appeared before the Federal Courts, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and labour arbitrators in Ontario and Quebec.

Caroline is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of Nunavut.

Russell MacCrimmon

Russell MacCrimmon


Since his call the Bar in 2002, Russell has provided legal advice and representation to employers. Russell advises employers on the day-to-day legal issues that impact a workplace. He represents employers on workplace issues such as discipline, performance management, employment contracts, workplace policies and severance packages.

Russell has extensive litigation experience and defends employers against wrongful dismissal and human rights claims. Russell has appeared before federal and provincial courts and administrative tribunals including the Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Federal Court of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board.

Russell is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of Nunavut.

Taylor Stanton

Taylor Stanton


Taylor Stanton joined Bird Richard as an associate in 2024 after practicing civil litigation with a full-service Ottawa firm. Since his call to the Bar in 2022, Taylor has provided legal advice and representation to employers on a variety of employment law and civil litigation matters.

Prior to law school, Taylor worked in the Yellowknife mining sector where he negotiated, drafted, and managed complex contracts. Taylor has enjoyed a wide breadth of volunteer positions, including volunteer firefighting, sitting on the John Howard Community Justice Committee, acting as an aide in a Parliamentary office, and coaching high school rugby.

Taylor is a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Advocacy Club.

Reyna Goudreau

Office Manager

Hannah Gallant

Legal Assistant

Maria Medeiros

Legal Assistant