Derek G. Knoechel*
Lawyer

I level the playing field.

I provide clients both employers and employees with strategic advice on all aspects of employment law.  This includes reviewing and negotiating employment contracts, advising and acting for clients with respect to wrongful dismissals, terminations, severance packages, constructive dismissals and the enforcement of post-employment obligations, including non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants.

I have appeared as counsel at mediations, arbitrations and hearings before the British Columbia courts, boards of arbitration and various administrative tribunals, including Employment Standards and the Labour Relations Board.

After obtaining an honours undergraduate degree in sciences at St. Francis Xavier University (as Governor General Medalist), I graduated from the University of Victoria’s Law School in 2004. I then clerked with the British Columbia Supreme Court for a year.  I did my articles with a large national law firm in Vancouver and practised exclusively with its labour, employment and human rights group after my call to the bar in 2006. This enabled me to gain considerable experience advising clients on all aspects of the employment relationship. I joined HHBG in 2011.

When not practising law, I can be found playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking/snowshoeing with my family, or chasing a white ball around a golf course.

Managing Partner, Vancouver Office
Managing Partner, Surrey Office
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