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, appearing before all levels of courts and tribunals.

Lindsay's practice includes acting for employees and trade unions in labour, employment and human rights matters. She also conducts third party investigations and mediations. She has a particular interest in administrative and constitutional law, having appeared before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

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 a frequent lecturer and author in labour, human rights, employment and administrative law. She has taught Administrative Law, Federalism, Charter Litigation, and Human Rights in the Workplace at UBC Law School. She is on the Executive of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Sections of the CBA - BC Branch.

Lindsay A. Waddell

lindsaywaddell@unionlawyers.com

Lindsay Waddell is an associate lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster.

Before joining the firm, Lindsay practiced as a human rights lawyer at a non-profit society where she represented complainants in proceedings before the BC Human Rights Tribunal and in judicial reviews and appeals of Tribunal decisions. Before joining the non-profit world, Lindsay practiced at a small litigation boutique and at a large national firm. She has a wide variety of litigation experience and has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Lindsay speaks frequently on a wide range of human rights and equality-related subjects.

Lindsay has offered her skills and time to a number of different organizations including EGALE Canada, LEAF National, West Coast LEAF, Family Services of Greater Vancouver and the CBA BC. She is currently an executive member of the Human Rights Subsection of the CBA BC.

Tamara Ramusovic

tamararamusovic@unionlawyers.com

Tamara Ramusovic is an associate lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster.

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

At the Federal Court, Tamara assisted two senior judges in the adjudication of a wide range of matters, gaining experience in judicial reviews, administrative and human rights law.

While at law school, Tamara volunteered at a student-run legal aid clinic and assisted clients with immigration and refugee law applications.

Tamara is a member of the Canadian Bar Association's labour, employment, human rights, administrative and civil litigation sections.

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 VanderHouwen joined Moore Edgar Lyster as an associate after articling and summering with the firm. She practices in all areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law.

Melissa was called to the Bar in 2015 after obtaining her JD at the University of Ottawa, where she received the Regional Senior Justice Prize for achievement in Appellate Advocacy. In law school, Melissa represented the University of Ottawa at the Laskin Constitutional and Administrative Law Moot, where she received the Mark MacGuigan prize for Best Overall Oralist, among other awards. She also worked as a student editor for the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and as a clinician at a student legal clinic.

Prior to law school, Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from Simon Fraser University in International Studies and Economics. At both the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser, Melissa was a varsity athlete and captain of the women's rowing team. She loves the outdoors, and in her spare time can usually be found exploring the mountains and waterways of the west coast.

Sara Hanson

sarahanson@unionlawyers.com

Sara Hanson is an associate lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster. Originally from Vancouver, Sara attended Osgoode Hall Law School before completing her articles with two justices of the Federal Court of Canada, where she worked on a wide range of administrative law matters. Sara joined the firm after being called to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia in 2015.

Throughout law school, Sara was actively involved in the Osgoode Hall community as an associate editor for the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, a contributing editor for theCourt.ca, a peer mentor, and a co-founder of a student led distinguished speakers series. She also spent a semester working full-time at a community legal clinic where she assisted clients with resolving disputes in the context of landlord and tenant law.

Sara received academic awards for the highest standing in legal ethics, legal writing and aboriginal law, as well as awards in recognition of her work at the legal clinic and her contributions to the life of the law school.

Prior to law school, Sara obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary, where she worked as an assistant editor at the student newspaper.
March 30, 2016

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch - The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch

Lindsay A. Waddell is speaking on "Human Rights Complaints Involving Self-Represented Parties".

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 2900 - 550 Burrard Street, Vancouver

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April 2, 2016

BC Parents of Special Needs Students - Advocating For Special Needs in BC Schools Conference

Lindsay A. Waddell is speaking on "Education as a Human Right" and on "Getting to Yes - advocacy tools and escalation".

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

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April 8, 2016

Continuing Legal Education Society of BC - Labour Relations 2016 Conference

Tamara Ramusovic is a panelist speaking on "Privacy and Labour Law Updates".

Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

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April 13-14, 2016

Lancaster House - Human Rights and Accommodation Conference

Lindsay A. Waddell is co-chairing the conference.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver

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April 14, 2016

Lancaster House - Human Rights and Accommodation Conference

Lindsay M. Lyster is a panelist speaking on "Accommodating Competing Interests: Striking a principled balance between human rights and collective agreement claims".

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver

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May 5, 2016

Labourlawonline - BC Accommodation Law Conference

Shona A. Moore, Q.C. is a panelist speaking on "The Year's Top Accommodation Cases".

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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May 5, 2016

Labourlawonline - BC Accommodation Law Conference

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

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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