Catalina Rodriguez
Lawyer

I am passionate about my clients, my practice, and fairness.

With over 10 years of experience in labour and employment law, I recognise that workplace issues, particularly the end of the employment relationship, is a stressful and uncertain time. I listen. I provide my clients with the information they need to map the route ahead, and make decisions based on their legal rights, the strength of their case and a balanced assessment of the costs involved. I graduated from law school in Bogota with a major in journalism in 2000, and from law school at the University of British Columbia in 2005. I articled with a national firm in Toronto and Vancouver, and became an associate with their labour and employment group, which by then had become a regional Vancouver based firm. I was then in-house counsel for labour and employment matters with the Canadian operations of a large U.S. retailer in charge of compliance in all provinces before joining the HHBG team.

My experience includes negotiation of termination agreements, wrongful dismissals, implementation of policies in compliance with various jurisdictions, accommodation, representation before the Employment Standards Branch, the Human Rights Tribunal and dealing with various courts and government bodies in B.C., Ontario and Quebec.

I have dealt with executive compensation disputes over long term and short term incentive plans, as well as disputes related to non-competition and fiduciary obligations. On the labour front, my experience includes union certification issues, grievances, unfair labour practices and successorship matters. During my in-house tenure, I facilitated multiple sessions on labour, employment and human rights compliance, experiential seminars on leadership topics and I also held the role of privacy officer and of Human Resources Director with responsibility for Health and Safety compliance.

I bring to my clients a strategic perspective of both sides of an issue and an understanding of the realities of employment in the corporate world. I have been a speaker at the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association annual meeting on employment law for in-house counsel and I am a past Board member of West Coast LEAF.

Assistant

Jennifer Seong - Paralegal
jseong@hhbg.ca or 604.639.1758
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