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.

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

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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.

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.
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

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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”.

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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".

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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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