Roper Greyell Named One of Canada’s Best Law Firms by The Globe and Mail

November 2022

We are pleased to announce that Roper Greyell has once again been named by The Globe and Mail and Statista as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2023.

The list of Canada’s Best Law Firms was created based on more than 10,000 recommendations from lawyers (peer-to-peer) and clients (corporate legal departments). Only 200 law firms were recognized across 29 practice areas.

Roper Greyell was ranked within the top 3 firms nationwide for Labour & Employment Law and top 4 firms for Human Rights Law. These rankings are based on the number of recommendations received for a firm in a respective legal field.

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James Kondopulos Wins 2022 Client Choice Award, Presented by Lexology

November 2022

Congratulations to Roper Greyell’s James Kondopulos for winning the 2022 Client Choice Award for Labour & Employment – Canada: British Columbia, presented by Lexology. James was the only BC-based labour and employment lawyer to receive the award this year.

The Client Choice Awards recognize lawyers from around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.

See the full list of 2022 Client Choice Award winners in the Labour & Employment category here.

About Client Choice

Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel.

Thomas A. Roper K.C. Receives 2022 Bora Laskin Award

November 2022

Thomas A. Roper, K.C. is one of two 2022 recipients of the Bora Laskin Award. Named in honour of the late Chief Justice Bora Laskin, who was a pre-eminent labour law scholar and labour arbitrator before joining the Supreme Court of Canada, this award was established by the University of Toronto to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian labour law.

Over the course of his 47-year legal career, Tom has had a significant impact on labour law in B.C through his counsel work, and as one of three special advisers to the Minister of Labour tasked with revamping the B.C. Labour Relations Code in 1992. As a leader within the legal community, Tom’s expertise is highly sought-after by clients, organizations, educators and colleagues. As the Chair of Roper Greyell, he shares his extensive experience and technical understanding of the law as a mentor of young lawyers in the firm.

As noted by the Selection Committee in announcing the award, Tom has “made an indelible mark in the labour relations community,” having “deservedly gained the confidence of both sides of the labour bar in British Columbia as well as universal respect from arbitrators and mediators in the province and beyond.”

Tom will be presented with the Bora Laskin Award on December 14, 2022, in conjunction with Lancaster’s Vancouver Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference.

Congratulations Tom!

Six Roper Greyell Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada

October 2022

We are pleased to announce that six Roper Greyell lawyers have been recognized as leading Canadian employment and labour lawyers in the 2022 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada in the area of  Labour, Employment & Benefits.

The lawyers named in this year’s Who’s Who Legal: Canada are:

Thomas A. Roper K.C.
Delayne Sartison K.C.
Gregory J. Heywood
Sandra Guarascio
Gavin Marshall
James D. Kondopulos

Thomas A. Roper K.C. has additionally been recognized as a WWL Global Elite Thought Leader, one of only five labour & employment lawyers in Canada to be included on this list. WWL editors commented that Tom is “a market-leading advocate renowned for his prodigious handling of employment-related litigation.”

The Who’s Who Legal: Canada – Labour, Employment & Benefits 2022 Guide can be viewed here.

About Who’s Who Legal

Who’s Who Legal has identified the top legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law since 1996. Lawyers are selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Shikha Sondhi as Director of Finance

October 2022

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Shikha Sondhi to the firm as Director of Finance.

Shikha brings her expertise in financial analysis and controllership to her role at Roper Greyell. She is an experienced leader of financial accounting teams, providing a strategic vision and mentorship to the team.

Learn more about Shikha here.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30, 2022

September 2022

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This day was created as a time for reflection as we honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities and the history of residential schools in Canada and the ongoing impacts.

At RG this past week has been focussed on increasing our shared awareness of the history of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and what we can do as individuals to work towards reconciliation in our community. To further our education in this area, we have been sharing different Truth and Reconciliation resources each day, and we gathered as a team to attend the webinar Truth & Reconciliation Series: Working Together, hosted by CBABC on Sept 26th.

Roper Greyell will be making a donation to the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. The Friendship Centre provides programs in health welfare, education, and recreation helping families, youth, adults, elders and children:

To learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and other Truth and Reconciliation efforts, please click here.

Roper Greyell Ranked as Band 1 Firm in 2023 Chambers Canada Guide

September 2022

Roper Greyell LLP has once again been ranked by Chambers Canada as a Band 1 firm for Employment and Labour law in British Columbia and a Band 2 firm in the Nationwide rankings (the only BC-based firm to be included in this Band).

Chambers Canada also recognized five of RG partners as “Ranked Lawyers” in their 2023 Guide:

What clients are saying:

“Roper Greyell provided pragmatic advice that included strategic considerations which allowed us to get to quicker outcomes and avoid unnecessary litigation.”

“The team has an excellent ability to provide advice on complex matters taking into consideration the unique needs of our business.”

About Chambers Canada

Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada. The guide recommends lawyers and law firms in over 40 specialist practice areas across Canada, and is published annually each September.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate Katie Comley

September 2022

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Katie Comley to the firm.

Katie practices in all areas of employment and labour law. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Katie was part of the Labour and Employment group at a national firm, and most recently practised with a boutique workplace law and commercial litigation firm in Vancouver

Learn more about Katie here.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Adam Garvin as Chief Operating Officer

September 2022

Roper Greyell LLP is pleased to announce Adam Garvin, CPA, CMA, has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer, effective September 12, 2022. With almost 20 years of experience in investments, operations, and finance, Adam’s diverse background spans the areas of strategic financial planning and implementation, team leadership, and change management.

Learn more about Adam here.

Ten Roper Greyell Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2023

August 2022

In the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada™, ten Roper Greyell lawyers were recognized for their excellence in the areas of Education, Privacy & Data Security Law, and Labour & Employment law. Delayne M. Sartison Q.C. was further recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for Vancouver in the area of Labour and Employment law. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

The lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 Edition are:

Education Law

Labour and Employment Law

Privacy and Data Security Law

Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in Canada*

About Best Lawyers:

Best Lawyers has been providing comprehensive coverage of top legal talents in Canada and around the world for over 30 years. Lawyers on the list are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall feedback from their peers for a specific practice area and geographic region.

*Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in Canada recognizes talented up-and-coming lawyers in Canada. The methodology for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada is the same as that of The Best Lawyers in Canada, dependent entirely on a nomination and peer-review process. To be eligible for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada, lawyers must be in private practice and have a tenure of three to eight years.

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