Arleen Huggins

Ms. Huggins is a Partner at Koskie Minsky LLP and the head of the firm’s Employment Law Group. She has expertise in employment law, human rights law, and commercial litigation.
In the employment law area, Ms. Huggins acts on behalf of both employers and employees. Ms. Huggins is sought to provide opinions and to litigate all types of employment-related disputes at various court levels, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and administrative tribunals. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating complex employment contracts and related documents, including non-solicitation and non-competition agreements and shareholder agreements for employers and executives. She also represents both employer and employees in disability claims and in the area of human rights. She is also experienced in investigating workplace harassment allegations and related matters.
Ms. Huggins’ commercial, commercial leasing, mortgage and real estate litigation practice, with a particular emphasis on beneficial ownership interests, includes both the resolution of disputes, as well as litigating at various court levels, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and administrative tribunals.
Ms. Huggins has been a speaker for the Ontario Bar Association and Law Society of Upper Canada, including presenting at a variety of seminars on employment law, human rights and other civil matters. She has authored various topical articles and papers in her areas of expertise.
As a Black Canadian woman, Ms. Huggins won a 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion for her work as a founding Board Member and a former President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and a former Chair of both the Canadian Bar Association Standing Committee on Equity and the Ontario Bar Association Equal Opportunity Committee (for which she won an OBA Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism). Ms. Huggins was also on the founding Board of the African Canadian Legal Clinic. She currently serves on the Doctors Without Borders Human Resources Committee and the Judicial Advisory Committee for federal court appointments for the GTA.