Our Team


Cindy Watson

The founder and managing partner of Watson Labour Law. 

A graduate of the prestigious Osgoode Hall, Cindy is an experienced and respected attorney, and for the past 30 years has specialized in social justice.

Cindy is a sought-after trainer and speaker in the corporate arena, helping to build bridges between men and women in order to aid in productivity, communication and heal gender bias.

Dedicated to breaking down barriers, securing pay equity and to ending discrimination: Cindy has a proven track record empowering, advocating, and motivating people to become the best version of themselves.

She is an international speaker, award-winning author and consultant, known for her passion, commitment and ability to inspire.

Riley Palmer, B.A. LL.B (Hons)   

Associate Lawyer

Riley Palmer is a relentless advocate, dedicated to achieving the best result for his clients. His practice focuses exclusively on labour law, helping Unions fight to achieve their workplace goals.

He is a highly skilled litigator, regularly representing clients in arbitrations, mediations, tribunals, and in court. Riley’s personality, demeanour, and work ethic are a great addition to Watson Labour Lawyers team.

Memberships & Affiliations

Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers – Member


Tyler Vibert


Jade Watson

Legal Assistant

Jade Watson graduated from Trent University with a degree in Gender and Equality in June 2018. She believes that everybody has a right to be treated fairly no matter their sex, sexual orientation, race, or any disabilities one may have.

One of the most dynamic speakers and educators in the world of labour law, education and advocacy.

The only thing that outweighs Cindy's skill, conviction and passion in delivering the highest standard of representation for her clients - is her integrity. She is without doubt, one of the most dynamic speakers and educators in the world of labour law, education and advocacy. Energized and driven by personal and professional experience; and, most importantly backed by years of education, knowledge and experience, Cindy consistently gives 110%.

Peter Brown Former Financial Secretary Treasurer Go Transit ATU 1587

Committed to the Trade Union movement

I would highly recommend the lawyers from Watson Labour Lawyers! Not only are they professional, they are true trade unionist committed to the Trade Union movement. Their passion and understanding helps them frame their legal argument in a way that is persuasive to arbitrators, and even opposing counsel. To date, I have not seen this power of persuasion fail.

Frank Marsh Union President - Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1415

Watson Labour Lawyers are the best!

Watson Labour Lawyers are the best when it comes to(sic) litigation as well as settlement negotiations. Their Lawyers are punctual, reliable, personable and experts in the field. Having a lawyer from Watson Labour Lawyers means that my opinion is respected and my membership is protected. Having used other firms, I know how difficult it is to reach legal; that’s not a concern with Watson Labour Lawyers. When I have a question, they have an answer.

Andy Cleary Union President - Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1189