Gail L. Gatchalian, Q.C.

Gail practices employment, human rights, labour and constitutional law, and is a trained workplace investigator.

A partner in Pink Larkin’s Halifax office, Gail has 20 years of experience representing employees, unions, professionals and not-for-profits along with extensive litigation experience before labour arbitrators, in court and before administrative tribunals.

Gail is a recognized media authority on sexual harassment law and workplace investigations pertaining to it. Gail’s writing on the subject and some of her media interviews can be found here.

Gail is retained by large and small employers and organizations to conduct competent, prompt, independent and fair investigations, primarily involving complaints of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. She also provides coaching to organizations conducting internal workplace investigations.

As a thought-leader on the conduct of proper workplace investigations, Gail is frequently asked to provide workplace investigation training to human resources professionals.

She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of Canada 2019 in the field of Labour and Employment Law.

Recognized for her excellence as a labour and employment lawyer, Gail is the Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Labour and Employment Law Section. She is also a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry Chair.

Gail’s leadership in the profession includes her role as President of the Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia Branch, having previously served as Vice-President, Treasurer and Equity Chair.

Raised in Cape Breton, Gail graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Biology from Dalhousie University in 1993, and received her LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1996.

Year of Call
Nova Scotia, 1999

Law School
LL.B., University of Toronto, 1996

B.Sc., Dalhousie University, 1993

Workplace Investigations
Labour Law
HR Law
Professional Regulation
Human Rights