Ruth Trask


Minimizing present and future conflict.

Ruth takes a proactive approach in giving advice, looking down the road to ensure that her clients are best positioned for whatever might come their way. Sometimes the simplest approach is the best one, and clear communication goes a long way. Ruth knows the importance of managing expectations on both sides in successfully resolving a dispute of any kind, whether in litigation, grievance arbitration, or otherwise. Besides labour and employment law, Ruth practices:
  • Administrative law
  • Litigation and business disputes
  • Human rights and discrimination

Representative matters

Each client operates under a unique set of circumstances. Ruth works with her clients to understand their situation and tailors her advice to the client's needs, whether large or small. Her focus is always on providing practical advice, not only on the law, but how it affects her clients in their daily work. Some examples of how Ruth has achieved this are:

  • Structuring successful terminations, and advising clients how best to proceed if there is a wrongful dismissal claim;
  • Advising a professional disciplinary body on administrative law matters; and
  • Assisting clients in all aspects of the collective bargaining relationship.

Areas of practice

  • Labour & Employment
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation


Newfoundland and Labrador, 2010


Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador


University of Western Ontario, J.D. (distinction), 2009
Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.Mus. (honours), 2006


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Lady Cove Women’s Choir
  • Member, Newfoundland Equestrian Association




  • Presenter, “Human Rights and the Duty to Accommodate in Employment”, Professional Municipal Administrators Conference, Gander, April 2011
  • Presenter, “Creating a Respectful Workplace”, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council Workshop, St. John’s, April 2011

Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower Street
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1C 6K3

P 709.570.8893
F 709.722.4565

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