Melissa practices in all areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law. Melissa provides strategic advice and advocacy to unions regarding a wide variety of labour matters including discipline and discharge, collective agreement interpretation, policy grievances, organizing efforts, and unfair labour practice disputes.
Melissa provides advice and representation for non-unionized employees on many workplace issues, including wrongful dismissal and severance negotiation, employment contract interpretation, and accommodation disputes. She has spoken on the legal issues associated with over-worked employees at the CLE BC Employment Law Conference (2018). She also provides advice and advocacy for unions and individuals on Human Rights issues, including disputes related to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family status, race, religion, age, and disability.
Melissa has represented clients in matters before the BC Court of Appeal, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the BC Labour Relations Board, and in federal and provincial grievance arbitrations. Melissa obtained her JD from the University of Ottawa where she received numerous prizes, including the Regional Senior Justice Prize for achievement in Appellate Advocacy, and the Mark MacGuigan Prize for oral advocacy at the Laskin Moot. She joined Moore Edgar Lyster LLP after her call to the bar in 2015, having summered and articled with the firm.
In the community, Melissa serves on the executive of the CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum, and on the Board of Directors of the Muddbunnies Riding Club, a non-profit that promotes and encourages women in mountain biking. She has previously volunteered for LEAF, West Coast LEAF, the Canadian Red Cross, and as President of her varsity rowing teams at the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University. In her spare time, she can usually be found exploring the mountains and waterways of the west coast with her dog, Toby.