Shona A. Moore, Q.C.
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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.
Natasha L. Edgar
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.
Originally from Montreal, Menachem completed a student clerkship at the Quebec Court of Appeal before graduating from McGill University's bilingual faculty of law. He articled at the Ontario Information and Privacy Commission, where he developed expertise in privacy, access to information and administrative law. Menachem was called to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia in 2016.
Menachem is active in a number of community and social justice organizations. At the BC Civil Liberties Association, he volunteered on challenges to electronic surveillance and religious discrimination. He was the youngest member on the board of the Montreal Holocaust Museum Centre and was a director for McGill's Human Rights Working Group. He has assisted pro-bono on legal challenges to anti-refugee laws in Canada and in Israel.
Menachem was valedictorian of his class at Concordia University and received multiple awards at McGill's faculty of law, including dean's honour list. Menachem is named after his grandfather, who was a labor activist in Brooklyn's garment sector in the mid-20th century, and is proud to be carrying on the family tradition.