“Artists are keen on details. Their purposes are often altruistic and they are never satisfied with the status quo. These are attributes we strive for at our firm.” - Adam Savaglio

Adam Savaglio Partner

Clients working with Adam Savaglio benefit from his strategic thinking, clear communication and unrelenting pursuit of the best possible result. “Worrying is thinking with no value.” Adam admits. “It is my job to service my client’s concerns to alleviate any undue stress. When an issue arises, the starting point is to conduct a thorough, detailed review of the matter, consult with the needs of the client, and develop the best strategy to advocate for the client’s rights.”

He’ll spend Christmas with your file.

Adam’s early career was spent in Toronto, first at a boutique law firm and later at larger firms. At Scarfone Hawkins, he’s involved in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, shareholder disputes, tax planning, corporate re-structuring, residential and commercial real estate and franchise law. In 2012 he won the President’s Award of Merit from the Hamilton Halton Homebuilders’ Association in recognition of his distinguished work in the development industry.

Adam has also developed a recognized employment and human resource law practice providing advisory services primarily to employers, which includes but not limited to terminations, workplace policies and protocols, risk and litigation management, human rights matters, employment agreements and shareholder/executive buyouts. He advises clients who span a broad spectrum of size and industries, and draws on his experience from business law to understand the needs of his clients and develop the solutions necessary to deal with complex employment matters. In addition to his work for employers, Adam is noted for advancing the claims of employees in wrongful dismissal and human rights matters, as well as acting as an independent party conducting audits of the workplace, investigations for workplace violence and harassment, and workplace training. Adam is a featured speaker at professional development courses hosted by the Human Resources Professionals Association and was certified by Osgoode Hall in Human Resources in 2013, and in Labour Law in 2015.

Adam’s dedication to his clients means he has a hard time turning off the switch—but the results are worth it. He spent one Christmas tracking down a client’s former employee in Singapore to get a statement that proved invaluable in negotiations. He publishes a regular business column for Metroland Media to share legal insights with readers. “I want to help clients achieve their desired results,” he says, “whether that’s to purchase a business, deal with an employment issue or plan for retirement.”

Featured Work

Adam is counsel for several multinational corporations, offering a full spectrum of legal services with a focus on corporate guidance, legal strategy and employment matters.

Retained by the Government of Canada to investigate workplace matters.

Counsel for regulated healthcare professionals and healthcare corporations, advises several large not-for-profit organizations and works with companies specializing in information technology.

Counsel for purchasers and vendors in the acquisition and divestiture of multi-million dollar enterprises across various industries.

Counsel to one of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions and the largest private junior and senior boarding high school in Canada, servicing employment, corporate and student behavior matters.

He helped draft natural resource legislation in Ontario.


Adam’s commentaries and reviews are published in a number of business and legal journals. His biweekly business law column in The Hamilton Spectator has been picked up by print and Internet outlets across North America, including MSN News. In 2016, he was retained by the Government of Canada and authored an extensive report on workplace matters.

" Q: Greatest role model."

− A: “Bobby Kennedy. I have a portait of him in my office. He was known for his no-nonsence approach to US political matters and an outspoken advocate during the civil rights movement in the 1960's. He was a reserved person, but at the same time, noted for being savvy and ruthless.”

"Q: Favourite place to find inspiration. "

− A: “On the treadmill at 4:30 a.m. That’s how I work out my day—I go through my cases in my head to figure out my priorities and strategy.”

"Q: On the link between martial arts and law. "

− A: “I’ve practiced Hapkido since 2007. Martial arts is the physical art of strategy. It’s about anticipating what’s going to happen next and being prepared. Law is similar. It’s all about being tuned in to signals, anticipating the next move and developing the best strategy in response.”