Andrea* has practised exclusively in the areas of labour and employment law for nearly 15 years. She has acted as employer-side counsel for public and private clients including unions, school districts, construction and manufacturing companies, doctors, accountants, health therapists, childcare centres, financial advisors, and realtors, amongst other thriving businesses.
Andrea has also represented union members and employees. Her depth of experience on both sides of the workplace ledger offers her clients valuable perspective and insight.
Andrea has a successful background in litigation, frequently acting as counsel at labour arbitrations, the B.C. Labour Relations Board, and the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. She has also acted as counsel in Supreme Court and Provincial Court employment law trials, and has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia.
Although issues sometimes require litigation, they are ideally addressed prior to this stage. To this end, a large part of Andrea’s practice is providing strategic advice for navigating the various stages of the employment relationship. This includes drafting employment contracts and policies, advising on employment standards, human rights, discipline and termination issues, as well as providing training to workplaces and/or their human resources professionals.
Andrea is an active part of Vancouver’s labour and employment law bar. She regularly presents on workplace law topics to lawyers and human resources professionals through entities such as the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Lancaster House, and Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) roundtables. She has also been a mentor to a labour and employment lawyer through the CBA, Women Lawyers Forum.
Andrea has enjoyed her first year practising law on the North Shore – in particular the opportunity to work alongside and meet North Shore business owners and community leaders.
* Practising through a law corporation.