James D. Kondopulos

604.806.3865 |

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 BC & Yukon), the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and Lancaster House. James is also the Co-Chair of the CLEBC Employment Law Conference and the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Future Leaders Conference and 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon) and also a past member of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish British Columbia and Yukon.

*Law corporation

Education

LL.B. and B.Comm. (Accounting) (With Honours), University of British Columbia
Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)

Year of call

British Columbia, 2004

Publications

Campbell River Test Affirmed Once Again: It is the Test in BC When Determining Entitlement to Accommodation on the Basis of Family Status

BC Labour Relations Board Finds No Anti-Union Animus in Discharge of 30-Year Employee During Organizing Drive

Employer Obligations on Election Day

Accessible British Columbia Act

The Test for Toxicity: What Constitutes a Poisoned Workplace?

Arbitrator Upholds Discharge of Employee with Tobacco Addiction for Smoking at Work

Leading Labour and Workplace Law Cases of 2020

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal Confirms No Family Status Discrimination When Employee is Required to Travel to Work: The End of the Suen v. Envirocon Environmental Services Saga

Refusal of Unsafe Work: Lessons Learned From SARS

COVID-19 Update – March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Information Bulletin for Employers

Being A Gracious (And Responsible) Employer And Employee: Holiday Parties And Other Work-Related Social Gatherings

Employer Obligations on Election Day

Family Feud: Survey Says BC Test for Family Status Discrimination is Good Law

Summary of Proposed Changes to the B.C. Employment Standards Act

B.C. Court of Appeal Unequivocally Affirms Test For Family Status Discrimination

Consider This: A Fresh Look at the Legal Need for Consideration

Non-Competition Provision Results in Increased Notice Period

Handle with Care – Non-Competition Provision Results in Increased Notice Period

Complaints by Cisgendered Men Alleging Discrimination on Grounds of Gender Identity or Expression Dismissed by Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

Dishonesty is Not the Best Policy: Employees Have the Obligation to Always be Honest with Their Employer

Big News About Small Claims

Non-Culpable or Innocent Absenteeism?

Employer Pays For Shoddy Workplace Investigation

Back to Mitigation Basics: A Must-Read for Anyone Prosecuting or Defending a Wrongful Dismissal Action

Doctor Who? Complainant Cannot Generally Rely on Self-Diagnosis When Trying to Establish an Invisible Disability

The Name Game: B.C. Court of Appeal Rejects Union’s Argument for Grievor and Witness Anonymity

Tribunal Costs Award Goes Against Complainant

Membership / Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association National Labour and Employment Law Section
Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Employment, Labour and Human Rights Law Sections
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), Advocacy Committee
The Advocates’ Society
Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association (HCLA)
Member, Editorial Board, LexisNexis Canada Inc.’s Labour Notes newsletter
Member, Board of Directors, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon)
Past member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish British Columbia and Yukon

Listings / Rankings

“Litigation Lawyer to Watch” – Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Guide – Litigation), 2012
“Leading Lawyer Under 40” – Winner of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition, 2013
Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2022 (Employment and Labour Law)
Best Lawyers Global Business Edition, 2020 (Employment and Labour Law)
Who’s Who Legal, 2019-2021 – Thought Leader: Labour and Employment
Who’s Who Legal, 2016-2021 – Global, Labour and Employment
Who’s Who Legal, 2016-2021 – Canada, Labour, Employment and Benefits
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2016-2022, Repeatedly Recommended for “Employment Law – Employee”, “Employment Law – Employer”, “Labour Relations – Management”, “Workplace Human Rights – Employee”, “Workplace Human Rights – Employer”
Chambers Canada, 2021-2022
Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2021-2022
TEC Impact Speaker, 2020 — Recipient of TEC Canada top speaker award

 

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James D. Kondopulos | Chambers 2022

TEC Impact Speaker 2020

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