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, 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
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.
Larissa Ruderman graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2005. She is a member of the Bar in British Columbia and is a non-practicing member of the Bar in Ontario. She clerked for the Court of Appeal for Ontario before working as judicial research counsel for the Court of Appeal and the Ontario Court of Justice.
Additionally, Larissa worked as a litigation support lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario, providing services to clinic and private bar lawyers across the province in areas such as civil, human rights and constitutional law. She also worked as research counsel for Lancaster House Labour and Employment Law and the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
Larissa has been active in pro bono organizations such as the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Seattle Unemployment Law Project. She sat on the board of the Parkinson's Society and the Research Ethics Board of the Hospital for Sick Children.
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.