Title: Commercial law


Robert A. Sider



Robert Sider

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Local Time:Mon. 11:12
Web site: Direct Page


Rob's practice focuses on management-side labour and employment law. He advises on labour and employment aspects of commercial transactions and day-to-day labour and employment issues. His work includes labour and employment litigation, arbitrations, human rights, employment standards (including director and officer liability issues), collective bargaining and workers compensation.

Recognition and Ranking:
Chambers Global: recognized in the Employment & Labour (Canada) category
Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for labour and employment law
Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Future Star for Labour and Employment in British Columbia
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for employment law (management)
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

* Providing advice on significant downsizings, plant closures, and reorganizations
* Negotiations of employment contracts, stock option plans, and change of control agreements with senior executives
* Providing advice to Boards on compensation and director liability issues
* Conducting investigations of harassment and defending employers in respect of harassment claims
* Acting as chief spokesperson for the employer on both first collective agreements and renewals
* Successfully negotiating collective agreements for a wide variety of employers in both British Columbia and Alberta, including employers in the forestry, construction, transportation, service, financial and food industries
* Providing advice on share and asset deals in the forestry, mining, manufacturing, financial and service industries

Professional Associations

Professional Activities
* Canadian Bar Association, Member
* Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Employment Law Subsection, Member and past Chair (2004-05)
* Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Labour Law Subsection, Member
* Human Resource Management Association, Member
* Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), Member


"Stress Leave: Legitimate or Escape Tactic", BCBusiness Magazine (March 3, 2011), Author


"The Rundown on Employment Law", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 6, 2013), Speaker

"Creating a Psychologically Safe Workplace: Reducing stress and addressing mental illness", Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, Lancaster House, Vancouver, BC (April 17-18, 2013), Speaker

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

"Tackling Tough Duty to Accommodate Issues", BC Human Resources Association Conference, Vancouver, BC (April 26-27, 2012), Speaker

"Employment", Business Basics 2012, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (February 16, 2012), Course Presenter

"Managing the Sick Employee", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 14, 2011), Speaker

"Background Checks in the Age of Facebook" BC Human Resources Association Conference (April 14-15, 2011), Speaker

"Written Employment Agreements - Getting It Right", Legal Symposium, BC Human Resources Association (February 10, 2011), Speaker

"Written Employment Agreements - Getting It Right", Legal Symposium, BC Human Resources Association (January 27, 2011), Speaker

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1991)
Alberta (1999)
Yukon (2010)



Dickinson College; Victoria College, University of Toronto (B.A., 1987)
University of Toronto (LL.B., 1990)