Employment Litigator

Employment Litigator

Looking for change in 2024? We are hiring an experienced litigation lawyer to join our balanced and fun workplace law practice. We have a busy and growing employment litigation practice, representing employers and workers. Our firm has identified litigation as a focus for investment over the next 3 years. Our ideal candidate can independently run civil litigation files before the British Columbia Supreme Court and other courts, as well as hearings before administrative tribunals. We are looking for a lawyer who wants to spend at least 50% of their practice in employment litigation, but for a candidate looking for a varied practice, it can also include one or more of our other practice areas: labour law, human rights, workplace investigations, and bystander training through StandUP Teams™.

We serve our community best by reflecting its diversity. We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences, and from members of groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Our core values are:
  • Heart – We put our hearts into our work.
  • Kindness – We stand alongside our colleagues, clients, and community, empowering them to make confident decisions.
  • Courage – Fierce advocates, we are relentlessly innovative and find creative ways to solve problems and improve access to justice.

Candidates can expect from us:
  • Community & giving. We support our lawyers to give back through pro bono work, public legal education, and other local volunteer work.
  • Inclusion. We are committed to making our practice inclusive, equitable, and accessible – for our team and also for our clients.
  • Sustainable work. We believe that lawyers should have control over their practices and their lives. It is life-work balance here, not work-life. We do our best work for our clients when we can decide how much work to take on, and what type of files will be our focus.
  • Flexibility. We have lawyers working successfully in a variety of arrangements – full-time, part-time, contract work and remote work are all proven options. Our lawyers set their own schedules.

Our ideal candidate:
You are an experienced litigator who is called to the bar in BC. Experience in employment litigation is a significant asset, as is experience in practicing in Alberta. You have at least 5 years experience in civil litigation and can run all aspects of a litigation file. We have no maximum experience in mind and welcome senior applicants. Experience or interest in one of our other practice areas (labour law, human rights, workplace investigations, and respectful workplace training) is an asset.

To fit in here, you need to be practice from a place of respect and care for coworkers, clients, and other members of our communities, and be ready to have some fun at work. Remote work is fine, in whole or in part – or you can work from our offices in Surrey or Calgary. You must be available to appear in court in person in the lower mainland as required. We are open to full-time or part-time work and offer a comprehensive group benefits package. Assuming full-time work, our salary range is $120,000 to $200,000, which can be prorated for part time, plus bonus eligibility.

Sound Interesting?

Email your cover letter, resume and list of your reported decisions to info@fortelaw.ca with the subject line “Employment Litigator Candidate”.

All inquiries are confidential. Applications close January 1, 2024.