Andrea Zappavigna

I provide you with the advice you need to approach your situation with confidence.

I am a labour and employment lawyer with experience in all aspects of workplace law.  I represent clients at every stage of the employment relationship, from negotiating employment contracts, to advising on employment standards, human rights issues, post-employment duties, and terminations, including wrongful and constructive dismissals.

I joined HHBG in 2012 and have been practising law for over ten years. For the first four years of my career, I worked at Western Canada’s largest management-side employment and labour law firm. There, I gained top-rate legal training and experience, working for both private and public sector employers in a variety of industries. I have also acted as labour relations counsel for health authorities across British Columbia. My depth of experience as a management-side lawyer offers my employee and union clients a unique perspective, and valuable insight.

I routinely act as counsel in labour arbitrations and other hearings.  I have acted as counsel in employment law trials before both the BC Supreme Court and the BC Provincial Court. I have appeared before the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Labour Relations Board. I have also been involved in litigation which has proceeded to hearing at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

How I practise law is as important to me as the legal expertise required.  My approach attempts to combine empathy with a forthright manner.   I value sincerity, approachability, and the ability to be personable. I strive to use my strong negotiation and advocacy skills to resolve files in the most advantageous and cost-effective manner possible.

I enjoy living in North Vancouver with my husband and two young children.  My oldest child has just started Kindergarten, and I am delighted to be a ‘Parent Librarian’ at his school.  I treasure reading, travelling, and time with friends and extended family.

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