Jennifer Hogan

March 2015

Jennifer advises and represents clients in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights and privacy in the workplace.

Once a collegiate soccer player, Jennifer’s approach is defined by her strong work ethic and team-centred approach. She strives for excellence on behalf of her clients with a keen focus on providing creative and cost-effective solutions to workplace problems. She also believes in being proactive and providing clients with the necessary tools to help them navigate the law to effectively manage workplace issues.

Jennifer’s strength lies in her ability to transform complex issues into understandable and actionable plans

Jennifer represents management in various sectors including municipalities, educational institutions and forestry companies. She supports clients on a number of WorkSafeBC-related matters, including workplace health and safety, administrative penalties and fines, and workplace inspections. Jennifer also offers advice and representation on issues related to the maintenance and termination of the employment relationship, including performance management and post termination obligations. She also has experience in resolving a wide range of collective agreement disputes, including contracting out, dismissal and disciplinary matters and job competition grievances.

Jennifer speaks and writes on a range of employment labour law topics, including human rights, and regularly delivers seminars and training to clients on workplace issues.

Although injuries forced her to put her soccer career to rest, Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends and family and travelling. One invaluable experience was backpacking through Europe for 6 weeks during law school.

Jaime H. Hoopes

April 2021

Jaime is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of employment and labour law with a focus on human rights and privacy law.

A strong advocate for his clients, Jaime has appeared before judges, arbitrators and adjudicators at all levels of court in British Columbia. Jaime thoroughly enjoys the humanistic aspect of workplace law, stemming from a lifelong interest in psychology, philosophy and human behaviour.

Clients appreciate Jaime’s knowledge of various industries, passion for advocacy and know they can depend on him to find practical solutions to complex workplace problems

During his time at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Jaime volunteered with the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), where he assisted low-income clients with legal issues, and the Law Innocence Project. As a law student, Jaime received the Hugh Ladner Memorial Prize for excellence in labour relations in 2015. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Jaime practiced at a boutique Vancouver firm specializing in workplace law. Other roles Jaime has held include working as a labour relations consultant for a large post-secondary institution. Jaime is looking forward to developing and maintaining strong client relationships in his workplace law practice at Roper Greyell.

Outside the office, Jaime can be found spending time with his son, playing sports, or enjoying a glass of wine with a well-stocked charcuterie board.

Adam James

July 2021

Adam is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of workplace law.

A self-described “jack-of-all-trades”, Adam is a well-rounded advocate for his clients. From litigation before courts and administrative tribunals to day-to-day advice, he enjoys helping clients find proactive and practical solutions to issues arising in the workplace. Above all, Adam enjoys the people-centric nature of workplace law and being a calm presence for clients as they work through challenging problems.

Adam studied law at Queen’s University, where he gained experience as a volunteer with the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and as an oralist in two moot competitions focused on workplace law. He also spent an exchange semester studying law in Barcelona.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Adam practiced at a boutique firm specializing in workplace law in Ontario. He maintained a broad practice, including human rights, labour arbitrations, civil litigation, and investigations. While an articling student, he completed a secondment with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and was recently seconded as a labour relations manager at an organization in the financial services sector.

Outside the office, Adam can usually be found baking or cooking a new vegetarian meal, reading, and spending time with family. Adam is also fluent in Spanish.

Kate Jones

August 2021

Kate is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of workplace law with a focus on human rights, workplace investigations, and all aspects of the litigation process. Kate first joined Roper Greyell as a summer student and then completed her articles with the firm.

Career highlights for Kate at Roper Greyell include assisting with investigations, preparing witnesses for hearings, drafting arguments, and supporting clients with a broad range of workplace issues. Kate is drawn to the human element of workplace law and enjoys helping clients find creative solutions for their different business needs. She is looking forward to developing strong client relationships in her workplace law practice at Roper Greyell.

While a law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Kate participated in the judicial externship program, acting as extern for a number of judges in the B.C. Provincial Courts. She has also volunteered at a legal advocacy clinic for women on the Downtown Eastside.

Away from the office, Kate enjoys a variety of outdoor activities in the summer, and during the cooler months, moves indoors to the local cafes to continue her search for the perfect London Fog.

Michael R. Kilgallin

March 2015

Michael is a partner at Roper Greyell where he provides advice to employers on employment, labour relations and human rights issues in the workplace.

Michael assists employers with drafting, maintaining, and enforcing employment contracts and workplace policies. Through evaluating the risks and options, he helps employers make difficult decisions that affect employees.

Michael takes the time to walk employers through complicated issues, repercussions and proactive approaches that minimize employee disputes

Known for his insight and responsiveness, Michael takes the time to walk employers through complicated issues, repercussions and proactive approaches that minimize employee disputes. The merits of his approach to workplace law is reflected in his recent successes in the forestry sector. He has represented forestry and manufacturing sector employers in union related cases, grievance arbitrations, labour relation board applications and unfair dismissal cases.

Michael closely follows the legislative developments regarding the legalization of marijuana and its impact on the workplace.  By drafting, assisting in the application, and defending Drug and Alcohol Policies, he has a shown a long term commitment to marijuana in the workplace issues;  one case at a time, he is working to create a legal position that is beneficial to employers. Michael also delivers legal seminars and training to clients on this topic and other workplace issues, and employment and labour laws.

Outside of work, Michael is building memories with his family while exploring B.C.’s beaches and mountains.

Rebecca Klass

December 2019

Rebecca is an associate at Roper Greyell, and practices in all areas of labour and employment law, with a particular focus on grievance arbitration, human rights complaints, and medical privacy issues.

Rebecca provides strategic advice to employers concerning the management of workplace issues in both union and non-union environments.

Rebecca focuses on resolving her clients’ workplace problems in a practical and creative manner, with an emphasis on developing long-term solutions.

Out of the office, you can find Rebecca cycling up the North Shore mountains or running around tourists on the seawall.

James D. Kondopulos

March 2015

James is a founding member and partner* at Roper Greyell. He practises in all areas of employment and labour law and acts as a mediator in workplace law disputes.

James is known for providing practical, cost-effective and long-lasting solutions to difficult employment, labour and workplace challenges, including those related to wrongful or constructive dismissal actions, restrictive covenants, compensation disputes, disability and attendance management, and discipline and discharge in the unionized environment. He has represented employers and senior employees before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia.

James is a strong advocate who provides capable representation and pragmatic advice. Respect, integrity and the utmost professionalism are at the core of his client-focused approach

James’ approach to all litigation, and employment litigation in particular, is based on care and compassion for his clients. He is dedicated to maintaining long-term relationships and will aggressively pursue the best interests of his clients. Using his skills as an articulate and dynamic speaker, James addresses complex issues in a way that is direct, nuanced and easy to understand.

He has served two terms as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) Employment Law Section and as an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Labour and Employment Law Section. He has been a guest speaker for organizations including the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR), the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and Lancaster House. James also sits on the editorial board of LexisNexis’ Labour Notes newsletter.

James spends most of his time outside work with his wife and their three beautiful children. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish British Columbia and Yukon.

*Law corporation

Carrie Koperski

September 2018

A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, Carrie Koperski is an Associate with Roper Greyell, who has a particular interest in the human rights aspects of workplace law.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Carrie is a recent arrival to the West Coast. With a deep passion for the human side of the law, she is excited about collaborating with clients as a presenter of new ideas and innovative solutions that can often be found outside the courtroom.

With a background in the hospitality industry, Carrie knows that the quality of the client experience is based on individual and personal relationships that demonstrate a deep understanding of the client’s business, challenges, and opportunities.

Her approach to client relationships reflects her belief that every client is unique and needs to know they are being represented with a view to their long-term success.

Outside of the office, Carrie likes being close to the mountains and is looking forward to exploring what BC has to offer an outdoorsy person. Though waylaid by studies for the past several years, she is an avid traveler and a music enthusiast who enjoys live shows and the outdoor festival scene.

Gavin Marshall

March 2015

Gavin is a partner at Roper Greyell, practicing in most areas of workplace law. He is also a member of the Management Committee and helps guide the direction and business of the firm.

Over his professional career, Gavin has always enjoyed building lasting client relationships, with a focus on being a trusted advisor for workplace decision-making. He likes clients to know that he is on their team, and in their corner.

Gavin believes lawyers should always tailor their approach to the needs of the particular client, as the first step to giving useful advice and finding solutions. “I won’t just tell a client what they must do. Excellent advice means crafting a menu of options on a continuum of risk, depending on the client, and helping navigate to the right solution.”

Gavin’s activity is wide-ranging: employment litigation, injunctive relief, collective bargaining in both the public and private sector; OHS critical incidents; workplace human rights; and administrative law and labour arbitration. He has particular depth in handling serious occupational health and safety incidents, labour relations and litigation strategy, and crisis management. Gavin has appeared in every level of court and every kind of workplace tribunal in British Columbia.

He also loves to teach and share his knowledge: Gavin has been a part-time instructor for CPABC for more than a decade, and speaks for other organizations regularly.

Gavin spends his time away from work cycling, mountain biking and skiing with (and usually far behind) his two boys, Sam and Oliver, and his partner Jenny. He loves the mountains and spends as much time as he can on them.

Graeme McFarlane

March 2015

Graeme is a founding partner* at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic and practical advice to employers on labour, employment and human rights issues in the workplace.

Before he was a lawyer, Graeme was a labour relations expert for several national companies — he brings a client’s perspective and concerns to legal challenges. His clients are varied and represent the rich diversity of businesses in British Columbia, which creates an interesting and challenging work environment for him to develop strategic results and practical solutions.

Graeme has guided employers through extremely complicated employment cases, achieving their strategic objectives using sound judgement and exceptional advocacy skills

Graeme guides employers through intricate employment issues including those related to executive compensation, restrictive covenants, non-competition and non-solicitation clauses, stock options and remuneration, benefits, protection of goodwill and protection of reputation.

Adjudicators, mediators and clients often compliment Graeme for some of the best briefs and opening statements they have encountered. Not afraid to litigate when the time is right, he knows what it takes to create a path that will provide employers the platform on which they can make the correct business decision.

In addition, Graeme assists employers with equity incentive programs, termination strategies, wrongful dismissal, performance management, progressive discipline, union terminations, managing medical information, duty to accommodate, injunctions, court advocacy and mediation and collective agreement grievance arbitration. Graeme has appeared before courts of all jurisdictions in British Columbia as well as before the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

Outside of the office, Graeme can be found chasing a small plastic ball around a golf course, sampling a nice bottle of wine, or enjoying BC’s mountain vistas on skis.

*Law corporation