Howard Goldblatt is one of SGM's founding partners and a leading member of the labour law Bar. His practice focuses on all aspects of labour and employment law, including grievance and interest arbitration, workplace human rights, and pensions and benefits law. Howard is also widely regarded for his expertise in collective bargaining and provides clients with strategic advice for special legislative campaigns.
In addition to representing clients before a wide variety of administrative tribunals, Howard has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, in all levels of court in Ontario and in the Federal Court.
Howard has received many awards and recognition for his advocacy skills, including:
- repeatedly being selected by his peers to be named in the Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory as a leading practitioner in labour and employment law, including in 2013
- being selected as Best Lawyer’s 2010 Lawyer of the Year in labour and employment law - Toronto
- being selected as one of Lexpert’s Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2011)
- being selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada (2013)
- being selected one of Toronto’s Top Rated Lawyers, earning an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2013).
In addition, Howard has also received the Meritorious Award for service from the Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation (now the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario) and is a fellow of Ontario Teachers' Federation.
Some of Howard's cases include:
- Hydro One Inc. v. Ontario (Financial Services Commission), 2010 ONCA 6
- Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association v. Toronto (City), 2007 CanLII 10218 (ON S.C.D.C.) (motion for leave to appeal dismissed-16/10/07)
- Hamilton (City) v. Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association (International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 288), 2006 CanLII 40972 (ON.C.A.)
- Teamsters 938 v. Lakeport Beverages (2005). 77 O.R. (3d) 543 (C.A.)
- Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Superintendent of Financial Services  3 S.C.R. 152
- CUPE v. Ontario (Minister of Labour),  1 S.C.R. 539
Howard received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976. He also has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and a master of science degree from Cornell University.
Since 2011, Howard has served as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and the National Organization of Lawyers for Educational Associations.