With over 30 years experience providing the best of strategic and legal advice to trade unions and their members and working to enforce the rights of union and non-union employees.

We provide a full range of legal services to public and private sector trade unions in both Federal and Provincial jurisdictions.

We act for individuals and equality-seeking groups before Human Rights commissions and tribunals and the Courts and represent employees who have been wrongfully dismissed.

Shona A. Moore, Q.C.

shonamoore@unionlawyers.com

Shona A. Moore, Q.C. is a founding partner of Moore Edgar Lyster. Shona practices in the areas of labour and administrative law representing trade unions and their members before Labour Boards, Tribunals and all levels of Court. Her trade union practice includes unions in the private and public sectors in both provincial and federal jurisdictions.

Shona also represents individuals and equality-seeking groups in matters related to employment, human rights and privacy.

Between 1983 and 1986 she served as a Vice-Chairperson of the BC Labour Relations Board. Shona is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Bar Association and the Westcoast Legal Education and Action Fund.

Shona was appointed Queens Counsel in 1996 and has been recognized by Lexpert as one of the leading Labour and Employment lawyers in Canada.

She is a frequent guest lecturer at conferences speaking on a wide range of topics concerning labour law, human rights and privacy.

Richard L. Edgar

rle@unionlawyers.com

Rick Edgar is a founding partner of Moore Edgar Lyster. Rick practices primarily in the areas of labour and employment, for trade unions and employees. He also has a busy trial and appellate civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on issues that affect unions and their members, including constitutional issues, defamation, personal injury and long-term disability cases. He has appeared at all levels of court, and all manner of administrative tribunals, for clients in varied and diverse employment sectors.

Mr. Edgar graduated from UBC Faculty of Law in 1983, clerked at the BC Court of Appeal, and was called to the bar in 1985.

Lindsay M. Lyster

lindsaylyster@unionlawyers.com

Lindsay joined Moore Edgar Lyster in April 2010 and became a partner in 2011. She served as a Member of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal between 2002 and 2010. Immediately prior to that, she was the Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. Before that, Lindsay practiced labour, employment and public law with a major national law firm for seven years.

Lindsay's practice focuses on acting for employees and trade unions in labour, employment and human rights matters. She has a particular interest in administrative and constitutional law, and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of leading constitutional and human rights cases.

Lindsay graduated from UBC Law School in 1991 as the gold medalist, following which she clerked for Madam Justice McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada, before being called to the Bar in 1993.

Lindsay is the President of the BC Civil Liberties Association. She is the co-chair of CLEBC's Annual Human Rights Conference, and is a frequent lecturer and author in labour, human rights, employment and administrative law, as well as advocacy and legal ethics. She has taught Administrative Law, Federalism, Charter Litigation, and Human Rights in the Workplace at UBC Law School.

Lindsay A. Waddell

lindsaywaddell@unionlawyers.com

Lindsay Waddell is a senior associate at Moore Edgar Lyster.

Lindsay practices in the areas of labour, employment, human rights, professional regulatory and administrative law. She has a wide variety of litigation experience and has appeared as counsel before a number of administrative tribunals and at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before joining the firm in 2015, Lindsay practiced exclusively in the area of human rights at a non-profit society. Prior to that, Lindsay practiced at a small litigation boutique and at a large national firm.

Lindsay is frequently invited to teach and speak on a range of subjects including human rights, employment, labour law, advocacy and ethical issues. She has extensive governance experience through appointments to various boards of directors, including for West Coast LEAF and Family Services of Greater Vancouver. She is currently an executive member of the Human Rights Subsection of the CBA BC and enjoys mentoring as many young lawyers as her time permits.

Tamara Ramusovic

tamararamusovic@unionlawyers.com

Tamara Ramusovic is an associate lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster. She represents trade unions, as well as non-union employees, in the areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law.

Tamara has appeared as counsel before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, labour arbitrators, and all levels of Court in British Columbia.

Tamara was called to the Bar in BC and Ontario after receiving her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto in 2011. Before joining Moore Edgar Lyster, she clerked at the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa, and articled at a major national law firm in Toronto.

Tamara is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers. She currently sits on the Executive of the Labour Law Section and is a member of the Employment, Human Rights, Administrative Law, and Civil Litigation Sections of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

In addition to her work as counsel, Tamara has provided training to community groups on the topic of individual rights under human rights legislation and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As well, Tamara has made presentations on a diverse range of labour relations and employment topics including Federal labour law, appeals of arbitral decisions, and privacy issues in the workplace.

Heather D. Hoiness

heatherhoiness@unionlawyers.com

Heather Hoiness is an associate lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster. Heather joined the firm as an articling student in 2014 and as an associate when she was called to the Bar in 2015. Heather practices in all areas of union-side labour law, employment and human rights.

Heather graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2013, after which she clerked at the BC Court of Appeal.

During law school Heather received numerous academic awards, including prizes in constitutional law, human rights, and legal ethics. She was a member of the Saskatchewan Law Review Editorial Board, did pro bono work for Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and was a caseworker at CLASSIC, Saskatoon's poverty law clinic.

Prior to law school Heather worked for over a decade as a social worker and advocate in community organizations serving people living with HIV/AIDS, immigrant and refugee families, and women in conflict with the law.

Heather is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the BC Civil Liberties Association.

Melissa VanderHouwen

melissavanderhouwen@unionlawyers.com

Melissa practices in all areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law. She has represented clients in matters before the BC Supreme Court, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the BC Labour Relations Board, and in federal and provincial grievance arbitrations.

Prior to her call to the Bar in 2015. Melissa obtained her JD from the University of Ottawa, during which time she served as an editor for the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, a clinician at a legal clinic, and as a workshop facilitator for the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. She received the Regional Senior Justice Prize for achievement in Appellate Advocacy, and the Mark MacGuigan Prize for oral advocacy at the Laskin Moot.

Melissa was a varsity athlete and captain of the women's rowing team during law school and her undergraduate studies, and she continues to row with the Deep Cove Rowing Club. Melissa also serves on the Board of Directors of the Muddbunnies, a women's mountain biking club, and in her spare time she can usually be found exploring the mountains and waterways of the west coast with her dog, Toby.

Sara Hanson

sarahanson@unionlawyers.com

Sara Hanson joined Moore Edgar Lyster as an associate in 2015.

Sara practices labour, employment and human rights law. She has represented parties before the Employment Standards Branch, the Human Rights Tribunal, the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.

Sara received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School where she earned course prizes in legal ethics, legal writing, aboriginal law, and poverty law. During law school, Sara worked in a community legal clinic where she represented low-income tenants before Ontario's Landlord and Tenant Board.

After graduating from law school, Sara completed her articles with two justices of the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa.

Sara is a volunteer with Access Pro Bono's summary advice program, and an executive member of the CBA BC's Administrative Law Section.

Natasha L. Edgar

natashaedgar@unionlawyers.com

Natasha is an associate at Moore Edgar Lyster. She was called to the BC Bar in 2016.

Natasha received her J.D. with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2014. Prior to joining Moore Edgar Lyster she clerked for the Chief Justice and five other justices of the BC Supreme Court and articled at a prominent Vancouver insurance defence firm.

In law school, Natasha developed a passion for advocating on behalf of unions, winning the Mathews Dinsdale and Clark National Labour Arbitration Competition.

Natasha practices in all areas of union-side labour law, employment, and human rights.

Daniel McBain

Articled Law Student

danielmcbain@unionlawyers.com

Daniel McBain is currently clerking in the BCSC and will return to Moore Edgar Lyster in 2018 as an associate. He obtained his law degree at the University of British Columbia, where he received academic awards in constitutional, public, labour and administrative law.

During law school, Daniel worked as a clinician for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, providing legal assistance to low-income individuals, a research assistant for a professor in the area of constitutional law, and a researcher for West Coast LEAF. He also volunteered with the BC Civil Liberties Association and was a member of the UBC Wilson Moot team.

Before law school, Daniel obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Russian Language from UBC.

Jesse Guenther

Articled Law Student

jesseguenther@unionlawyers.com

Jesse Guenther is an Articled Law Student at Moore Edgar Lyster. He obtained his law degree at Thompson Rivers University.

During law school, Jesse participated in the TRU Legal Information Service, which provided general legal information to community members and students. Jesse also performed research for the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation.

Prior to going to law school, Jesse obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.

Jadine Lannon

Articled Law Student

jadinelannon@unionlawyers.com

After completing a summer with the firm, Jadine has returned to Moore Edgar Lyster as an Articled Law Student.

Jadine is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During her legal studies, Jadine completed a variety of practicums with multiple legal advocacy and research organizations, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, and Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto. She also spent a summer working as a legal intern for the BC Civil Rights Association. During her time on campus, Jadine was heavily involved in developing and enacting student-led mental health programming for law students at the Faculty of Law.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, Jadine received an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in International Development Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Stan Guenther

Associate Counsel

stanguenther@unionlawyers.com

Stan Guenther has practiced law in British Columbia from 1978 to present, for 30 years of that time as managing partner of Rush Crane Guenther. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Ontario in 1977. Mr. Guenther has lengthy experience in representing trade unions and their members before arbitration tribunals, Labor Boards and the courts.
November 30 - December 1, 2017

Human Rights Law Conference 2017 - The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

Lindsay M. Lyster is co-chairing this conference

Pan Pacific Hotel - 999 Canada Place

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November 30 - December 1, 2017

Human Rights Law Conference 2017 - The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

Sara Hanson is a panelist speaking on "Limited Retainers".

Pan Pacific Hotel - 999 Canada Place

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December 1, 2017

Human Rights Law Conference 2017 - The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

Shona A. Moore, Q.C. is a panelist speaking on "Ethics Fact Patterns".

Pan Pacific Hotel - 999 Canada Place

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December 6, 2017

The 23rd Annual BC Labour Law Review - labourlawonline.ca

Shona A. Moore, Q.C. is a panelist speaking at the 23rd Annual BC Labour Law Review on topics which include employee criminal behaviour, and sexual harassment on and off the job.

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

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December 7, 2017

The 23rd Annual BC Labour Law Review - labourlawonline.ca

Lindsay M. Lyster is a panelist speaking on "Grievance Allowed... or Denied?".

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

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January 28 - February 2, 2018

Pacific Region Winter School - Canadian Labour Congress

Shona A. Moore, Q.C. and Tamara Ramusovic are presenting a course on "Federal Labour Law".

Harrison Hot Springs Resort, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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January 28 - February 2, 2018

Pacific Region Winter School - Canadian Labour Congress

Richard L. Edgar and Lindsay A. Waddell are presenting courses on "Labour Arbitration Level 1".

Harrison Hot Springs Resort, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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January 28 - February 2, 2018

Pacific Region Winter School - Canadian Labour Congress

Lindsay M. Lyster is presenting a course on "Labour Arbitration Level 2".

Harrison Hot Springs Resort, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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May 23, 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop at the National Academy of Arbitrator’s Annual Conference - Lancaster House

Lindsay M. Lyster is a speaker at the "Advocacy Education for Labour Grievances and Arbitrations" workshop.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia Street