Mike Hamata
Mike Hamata

Mike Hamata

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Mike is a partner at Roper Greyell and practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including disputes with unions, workplace safety, human rights and employment litigation

Working primarily as a litigation lawyer, Mike assists federally and provincially regulated employers with discipline and policy grievances, picketing injunctions, strike planning, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, workers compensation, and employment standards complaints. Mike regularly appears at all levels of court in British Columbia and before administrative tribunals, including the B.C. Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board and federal and provincial human rights tribunals.

Delivering practical, relevant and cost-effective solutions, Mike works alongside employers as a versatile litigator

Mike tackles workplace issues with precision, passion and enthusiasm. His diverse experience in litigation has made him an expert in cross examinations, oral arguments and witness preparation. When avoiding litigation is the aim, Mike’s strong understanding of the process allows him to make the best recommendations for businesses that he works with.

Before joining Roper Greyell, Mike was a judicial law clerk to the Supreme Court of British Columbia and practiced as an employment and labour associate at an international law firm in Vancouver. In former lives, Mike has worked in the construction industry, e-commerce and education. Today, he utilizes his diverse experiences to connect with clients and deeply understand their needs and issues.

Mike enjoys volunteering, including pro bono refugee work and as a Board Member of AIDS Vancouver. Away from work, he is an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker. Mike also plays guitar in a band, although he’d prefer to be the singer.

Education

J.D., University of Toronto, 2011
B.Comm. (Honours), Queen’s University, 2007

Year of call

British Columbia, 2012

Publications

Membership / Affiliations

Board of Director, AIDS Vancouver
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, CBABC Sections (Labour, Employment, and Litigation)
Member, Coquitlam Search and Rescue, 2014-2016
Club Executive, British Columbia Mountaineering Club, 2016
Vancouver Executive Committee, Special Olympics BC, 2011-2012
Shift Leader, Downtown Legal Services, 2009-2011
Research Student, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, 2009-2010

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