Title: Commercial law


Patricia Gallivan, Q.C.



Patricia Gallivan

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Patricia is a senior member of our Labour and Employment Law Group with extensive experience in all facets of labour relations, employment and human rights law.

Patricia spent two years as Legal Assistant to the Chairman of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board before entering private practice. Patricia acts as counsel and provides strategic and tactical advice to the firm's corporate and institutional clients emphasizing preventative aspects of labour and employment law in order to minimize the potential for problems in these areas.

Patricia's practice includes collective agreement negotiations as well as appearing as counsel on behalf of Employers at arbitration, and before the Provincial and Federal Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunals and the courts.

Patricia was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2000.

Recognition and Ranking
* Chambers Global: recognized in the Employment & Labour (Canada) category
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for labour and employment law
* Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for employment law (management), labour relations (management) and workplace human rights law (management)
* Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law: recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of labour and employment
* Expert Guides: recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of labour and employment
* Who's Who Legal Canada: recognized for management labour & employment law
* 2009 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized as a leading woman lawyer for her outstanding contribution to the practice and business of law
* Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated


Languages: English


Areas of Practice


  • Employment and Labor
  • Labor Law
  • Labor Relations
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Privacy & Freedom of Information


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

* Acting as chief spokesperson for first and subsequent collective agreement negotiations in both the Federal and Provincial Sector in such diverse industries as: transportation, forestry, manufacturing, mining, film and retail

* Representing employers on significant Labour Relations Board decisions including decisions with respect to the appropriateness of the bargaining unit and management exclusions

* Representing employers in labour relations matters in both the Provincial and Federal sector including certifications, unfair labour practice complaints, decertifications, strikes, lock-outs and picketing

* Acting for clients faced with labour disruption including strike contingency planning; strike replacement challenges and injunctions
* Providing strategic and tactical employment advice to management with respect to the negotiation of employment contracts and the development and implementation of workplace policies on such diverse matters as drug and alcohol and privacy

* Providing advice to employers on human rights matters including the duty to accommodate: investigating humans rights and workplace harassment complaints

* Providing labour and employment advice on corporate transactions, reorganizations, downsizings and closures

* Acting as counsel in Labour Relations Board, arbitration, Human Rights Tribunal and on privacy matters

Professional Associations

Professional Activities:
* Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), Secretary, Treasurer
* Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (Labour Law, Employment Law, Human Rights Law, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Law Subsections), Member
* Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia, Member
* Management Rights Journal, Federated Press, Editor-in-Chief and Contributing Editor
* Frequent lecturer at client seminars as well as guest speaker programs sponsored by such groups as Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia, Lancaster House Publishing and Canadian Legal Education Society.


"Latest Developments in Labour Relations (Unionized Employers)", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 6, 2013), Speaker

"Cross Canada Employment Law Check Up", 9th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Conference (September 20-22, 2012), Chair

"Labour Relations Update for Unionized Employers", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1977)
Queen's Counsel (2000)
Northwest Territories (2008)



Loyola College (B.A., 1972)
Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1976)