Shelley Brown practiced in Toronto exclusively in employment and related human rights law, with a focus on the legalization of cannabis. Until his retirement in 2020, he was Counsel with Steinberg, Title, Hope and Israel LLP (now Steinbergs LLP.).
Before joining Steinbergs LLP., Shelley worked for Prudential of America. At Prudential, Shelley began as in-house counsel and later became its Canadian Director of Human Resources. In addition, he was asked by Prudential and happily accepted the mandate to create the first Ethics Office of a Canadian Insurance operation. This required the drafting of an ethics policy, creation of a team of investigators and development of investigation protocols. The Ethics Office was particularly focused on addressing cases of harassment and discrimination. Shelley was instrumental in advocating on behalf of and improving the working environment for women, people of colour, those in the LGBTQ community and people of varied ethnocultural backgrounds.
Shelley’s extensive experience and knowledge includes a wide range of employment issues including those relating to human rights, wrongful and constructive dismissal, restrictive covenants, just cause and non-solicitation agreements. Shelley has been involved in assisting employers regarding the changes relating to cannabis legalization in Canada. In that regard Shelley has written for In-House magazine and has been interviewed by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, CTV News, Toronto Sun, What She Said Radio, Cannabis Now and Lift Magazine. Shelley has also spoken on the topic for Seminar Partners, at the Ontario Transportation Expo, participated in panel discussions for Navigator and Medisys Inc. and worked with HR Trucking Canada assisting the trucking industry to prepare for the H.R. challenges of legalization.
Shelley attained his Civil and Common Law degrees from McGill University. He later returned to Osgoode Hall at York University to attain a Master’s Degree in Employment and Labour Law.
Beyond his working efforts, Shelley’s passionate interest in public affairs and community issues led to his longstanding involvement with the federal and provincial Liberal party. He was also a founding member of Gilda’s Club which offers support for families of loved ones diagnosed with cancer and sat as a Board member of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy.
Shelley’s participation with the Liberal party has included working as a volunteer on Monte Kwinter’s first two campaigns, campaigning for Elinor Caplan and sitting on the Executive of the Thornhill Riding Association. Most recently he actively campaigned on behalf of Shelley Carroll during the 2018 provincial election and sits on the executive of the Don Valley North Provincial Riding Association as chair of the Policy Committee.
Shelley lives in North York with his wife of 45 years, author and woman’s health advocate, Dr. Vivien Brown. They have two children and five grandchildren.