J. Geoffrey  Howard
J. Geoffrey  Howard

J. Geoffrey Howard

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Geoffrey is a partner* at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic and practical advice on employment and labour law and represents clients in employment-related litigation.

Geoffrey has extensive experience representing both employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, termination of employment and human rights issues such as discrimination and duty to accommodate. Geoffrey also has considerable experience advising employers on benefit plans, including pension, disability and group insurance coverage and regulatory compliance issues. He also advises companies and owners on shareholder disputes arising out of termination of employment.

A senior advisor to multi-national and regional employers, Geoffrey helps clients solve workplace issues in a practical and cost-effective way

Geoffrey’s clients, typically in high-tech, life sciences, biotech, mining, retail and professional services, come to him for his expertise in managing relations between employers and non-union executives. His work frequently touches on stock options, restricted stock units (RSU), pensions, bonuses, shareholder agreements and constructive dismissals. He also advises and represents clients in disputes over post-employment competition arising from non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants.

When working with his clients, Geoffrey combines regular client communication and follow-up, with a cost-effective and creative approach to resolve employment problems and labour litigation claims. He is responsive, practical and aims to ensure that there are never any surprises for his clients.

Geoffrey also speaks and writes on a wide range of employment law topics, including authoring articles for a variety of publications and delivering training seminars to clients, managers and professionals on workplace issues.

Outside of work, teammates count on Geoffrey to put the ball in the net as a forward for his field hockey team, the Greyhawks. He also enjoys biking, hiking, tennis and recovering from it all with yoga.

*Law corporation


LL.B., University of British Columbia

Year of call

Ontario, 1989
British Columbia,1994


Membership / Affiliations

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR)
Canadian Bar Association
American Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)

Listings / Rankings

Lexpert-Ranked Lawyer, 2017