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Roper Greyell is Ranked in the 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

March 2015

We are pleased to announce that Roper Greyell has once again been ranked as a leading employment and labour law firm in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. Thomas A. Roper, Q.C., Delayne Sartison, Q.C. and Gregory Heywood were also ranked individually.

Meet the Roper Greyell lawyers who have been recognized for their expertise:

Thomas A. Roper, Q.C. is a “litigation specialist who maintains a thoroughly varied labour and employment practice.” One peer commented: “first-rate lawyer” who is “one of the big guns.”

Delayne Sartison, Q.C. is a “founding partner who was first ranked in Chambers Global 2012. She has notable expertise in management-side employment and health sector labour relations.”

Gregory Heywood “specialises in matters relating to labour law and is frequently involved in human rights tribunal hearings.” One peer commented: “He has a thriving practice and is well regarded.”

All quotes are from Chambers Global 2015.

About Chambers Global

Chambers Global is a well-respected legal publication that ranks the world’s best lawyers and law firms. Rankings are based on in-depth research and interviews conducted by over 150 highly qualified researchers.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Meaghan McWhinnie

March 2015

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome, new associate, Meaghan McWhinnie to the firm. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Meaghan articled and practiced at a national firm in Toronto. Meaghan was called to the Ontario bar in 2013 and the British Columbia bar in 2015.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Three New Partners

March 2015

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Jennifer Devins, Michael Kilgallin and Jennifer Russell as new partners of the firm. The addition of these partners builds on our commitment to provide our clients with the highest quality legal representation and strategic advice in the areas of employment, labour and workplace law.

Meet our new partners:

Jennifer Devins is a trusted advisor to employers in all areas of workplace law, with extensive experience in human rights issues. Her clients value her skill in helping them navigate highly complex challenges and she has acted on their behalves in arbitrations, at tribunals, and at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Michael Kilgallin is a client-focused, proactive advocate with extensive experience at nearly every level of court and tribunal. His clients benefit from his responsiveness and skill in helping them avoid disputes before they arise, and in resolving them when they do. He has proven experience in guiding employers away from union certification, as well as helping them operate successfully in a unionized environment.

Jennifer Russell is a skilled and loyal advocate who builds strong relationships with her clients by developing a deep understanding of their businesses and unique challenges. Practicing in all areas of employment, labour and human rights law, she represents clients in both the public and private sector. Jennifer is resourceful and experienced litigator with particular experience in judicial review and appellate advocacy. Her clients appreciate her strategic and practical advice, trusting her to act as their spokesperson in collective bargaining.

Peter S Hyndman Mentorship Award Recipient

November 2014

The Vancouver Bar Association presented Thomas A. Roper, QC with the Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award at its annual general meeting held on November 20, 2014.

This prestigious annual award recognizes legal professionals who have provided guidance and mentorship to others in the legal industry. Past recipients of the award are William S. Berardino, QC, Richard C. Peck, QC, Leonard T. Doust, QC, Leon Getz, QC, Robert G. Ward, QC, Bruce R. Grist, and Donald W. Yule QC.

Tom exemplifies what it means to be a mentor. His extraordinary enthusiasm, integrity and generosity have taught so many what it truly means to practice law at the highest level. Anyone that knows Tom will not be surprised that he is this year’s recipient of the mentorship award.

As an endorser of Tom’s nomination, Delayne Sartison, QC wrote, “Tom is generous with both his vast knowledge and his time and is a true collaborator by nature. Despite his well-deserved personal reputation as a pre-eminent labour and employment lawyer, Tom has been and remains devoted to the development of his “team” whom he regularly, consciously and publicly credits with shared successes. Tom does not develop students, associates or junior partners to support his work behind the scenes. Tom treats his colleagues, no matter their status or year of call, as valuable colleagues. Those around him benefit immensely and develop legal and practice management skills much more rapidly than they would without a team-focussed mentor like Tom.”

Over the past 40 years, Tom has been recognized by his peers and others for the contribution he makes to the legal industry. In 1998 he was appointed Queens Counsel, he is highly ranked in LEXPERT’s Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, and Best Lawyers’ International. In 2014 Roper was chosen as Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in Labour and Employment Law in Vancouver.

The Peter S. Hyndman award is just one more acknowledgment of Tom’s impact on his chosen profession and his firm . Roper Greyell is proud to have Tom on its team. His leadership continues to propel us to excellence and has resulted in a phenomenal team of lawyers and staff.

First Winner of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Student Award

September 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Jill Karras is the winner of the Roper Greyell LLP Course Prize at TRU’s Faculty of Law. The prize is awarded to the student with the highest final mark in the upper years course in the J.D. program. Congratulations to Jill!

Roper Greyell Lawyers Named in Best Lawyers®

August 2014

Roper Greyell LLP is pleased to announce that the following seven lawyers have been named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Jeevyn Dhaliwal, Immigration Law Sandra Guarascio, Labour and Employment Law James D. Kondopulos, Labour and Employment Law Duncan MacPhail, Labour and Employment Law Thomas A. Roper QC, Labour and Employment Law Delayne M. Sartison QC, Labour and Employment Law Gabrielle Scorer, Labour and Employment Law

Read the full announcement here.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Partner, Drew G. Demerse

March 2014

Roper Greyell is very pleased to welcome Drew Demerse into its partnership. As a longstanding and dedicated associate with Roper Greyell, Drew has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising employers on labour, employment and human rights issues in the workplace. In addition to being a strategic and trusted advisor to management teams on all manner of workplace issues, Drew’s clients rely on his skills as a seasoned and resourceful litigator to guide them through complex legal disputes.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Partner, J. Najeeb Hassan

February 2014

Roper Greyell is very excited to welcome J. Najeeb Hassan to the partnership. He joins us on February 11, 2014.

Najeeb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having formerly been a senior partner in the labour and employment group at one of Canada’s largest national law firms. His legal career also includes serving as Vice-Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board and holding several senior positions with the Health Employers Association of BC, where he provided hands-on labour relations advice to its members.

“We are excited to have Najeeb on our team. His 20 plus years of experience and expertise in the hospitality, gaming, retail, construction, mining and health sectors will certainly benefit our public, private and First Nations clients,” said Tom Roper, Roper Greyell’s Chair.

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