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Sebastien Anderson Professional Law Corporation
Sebastien Anderson Labour lawyer of the year
Sebastien Anderson, Barrister & Solicitor
LL.B., Labour College of Canada ’83

My informal legal education commenced in 1980 when I became a shop-steward responsible for interpreting and applying the collective agreement and related statutes in the workplace.

In 1983, I successfully completed the CLC’s Labour College of Canada residential program at the University of Ottawa. In 1983, I was employed as a union staff representative for a large provincial trade union in Alberta, where I worked as servicing representative, a negotiator and a union-educator.

I presented my first arbitration case in 1987, and shortly thereafter began representing the union and its members full-time in hearings before provincial and federal labour boards, arbitration boards, and human rights tribunals.

Between 1995 and 2001, I was on education leave to attend to my undergraduate and law school studies.

During law school, I worked for the union and a union-side labour law firm in Alberta.

In 2001, I was an articling student at a union-side law firm in Vancouver, BC, and was called to the Bar in BC in 2002 and in Alberta in 2004.

As an associate, partner, and managing partner of a Vancouver labour-side law firm, I have gained experience in a surprisingly broad range of intersecting fields of law including: accommodation of addictions, bankruptcy & insolvency, defamation, disability, torts, and police law, to name a few.

My personal interest in computers and technology has led me to develop a highly automated and self-sufficient approach to the practice of law. As a result, we introduce to the legal marketplace one of the first virtual labour/employment law offices in Canada: Labour Rights Law Office.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Alberta
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
American Bar Association

Contact Sebastien
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #222
Direct: 604-283-3304
Send Sebastien an E-Mail


Paul Eastwood

Paul Eastwood, Legal Researcher
LL.B. (Distinction), U of A, 2001

Paul graduated from the U of A Faculty of Law in 2001. During law school, Paul served as the Co-Editor in Chief of the Alberta Law Review. In 2000, Paul was selected to represent the U of A Faculty of Law in at the Gale Cup National Moot Court Competition held in Toronto in 2000, which won an award for the “Best English Language Factum.” He also volunteered to provide legal advice and representation to individuals with low income through the U of A Faculty of Law’s Student Legal Services program.

Reynold Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP selected Paul as an Articling Student, following which he worked as an Associate. Subsequently, Paul provided legal advice and legal services to low-income Albertans through Legal Aid Alberta.

Paul brings with him nine years civil litigation experience. He has argued cases in Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal. He has also prepared applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prior to attending law school, Paul worked for several years in the not-for-profit section and as a NDP staff member of Alberta’s Official Opposition. He also worked as a Researcher for a Member of Parliament.

Outside of the practice of law, Paul is Secretary of the Board of the Lendrum Mennonite Church, where he is also an active member of the congregation. Paul also enjoys film, reading novels, and playing soccer.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Paul Eastwood
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Send an E-mail to Paul


Karlan Modeste - Associate Lawyer
Karlan Modeste, Associate Lawyer
JD (Dal), BA (UFV)

Karlan obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University in 2013. She worked as a Staff Lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid until joining Labour Rights Law Office.

During law school, Karlan coordinated the Pro Bono Students Program, pairing law students with community agencies to deliver free legal services. In 2012, Karlan received the Schulich Scholarship in Law, followed by the Dawn Russell Community Commitment Award in 2013.

Prior to her career in law, Karlan worked for the BC provincial government as a Child Protection Worker and with Fraser Health Authority as a Recreation Therapist.

Karlan practises in the firm’s core areas: labour, employment, human rights and maintains a general civil litigation practice. As a value added service Karlan also practices in family law. As an advocate, Karlan has litigated criminal and family law matters in both provincial and superior courts and appeared for administrative hearings in prison law.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Karlan Modeste
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #225
Direct: 604-283-3307
Send an E-mail to Karlan

Karlan is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Canadian Bar Association.

Bar Admissions
Nova Scotia, 2014;
British Columbia, 2014


Sherry Shir, Associate Lawyer
Sherry Shir, Associate Lawyer
JD (UBC), BMLSc (UBC)

Sherry graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, in May 2014. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from UBC.

During law school, she worked as a volunteer in UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as a Summer Research Assistant at a leading union-side labour law firm in downtown Vancouver.

She joined the Labour Rights Law Office as an Articled Student in May 2014; and as an Associate Lawyer in May 2015. She was called to the BC Bar on 15 May 2015.

Sherry is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Canadian Bar Association.

Sherry, speaks, reads, and writes Farsi fluently.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Sherry Shir
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #224
Direct: 604-283-3306
Send Sherry an E-Mail

 

Labour Rights Law Office welcomes Czarina Pacaide to our dynamic team!

Czarina Pacaide, JD candidate (UBC), BSc (Hons) (Ottawa U & UNBC)

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Czarina Pacaide, a 2017 graduant from UBC’s Peter Allard School of Law, has accepted the firm’s offer of an Articling Student position commencing 15 May 2017. While attending law school, Czarina was employed as a Legal Research Assistant in the Human Resources Department at UBC. In addition, she has previous work experience as a Legal Intern with West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association and, while attending UBC, as a Clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program .

Czarina speaks Tagalog (Filipino) fluently. When not totally immersed in law texts, she may be found in a Pilates class, ice skating, or demonstrating her “Hip Hop” moves (from which all members of the Firm will benefit greatly). She also enjoys oil painting, photography and social media engagement.

When you have the opportunity to meet Czarina, we hope that you will join us in welcoming her to your legal team!

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