The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2024 recognizes 26 Mathews Dinsdale lawyers, from coast-to-cost, as leaders in the fields of Labour and Employment Law, Workers' Compensation Law, Employee Benefits Law and Immigration Law.
Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Saskatchewan
University of British Columbia, B.H.K.
University of British Columbia, LL.B.
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch
Working out of our Vancouver office, Grady assists employers in both labour and employment matters. He also regularly responds to human rights issues and complaints, represents management at the bargaining table, and advises on workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety matters.
Grady provides practical advice and creative solutions to his clients, drawing on his experience to recognize the difference between matters requiring litigation and those that are best resolved. He is called to the bar in BC and Saskatchewan, and provides advice and representation to clients in all Western Canadian Provinces in a wide variety of industries.
Grady is a former Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC), where he taught Employment Law for several years, and currently volunteers his time to act as a Moot Court Judge for first year law students. He is the author of the Labour Law section of the Lexis Practice Advisor and serves on the Board of Directors of the Richmond United Football Club. Grady has also been recognized by multiple ranking publications as a leading labour and employment lawyer.
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Representative experienceMay 2023
Represented a School District at arbitration in upholding the layoff procedure followed during a reorganization.April 2023
Counsel for University in arbitration involving tenured faculty member terminated for insubordination; grievance dismissed.October 2022
Represented security contractor before Human Rights Tribunal; complaint dismissed.August 2022
Acted for construction employer in defending human rights complaint alleging discrimination; complaint dismissed.February 2022
Represented a franchise grocery operation at arbitration relating to employee classifications; grievance dismissed.December 2021
Obtained dismissal of multiple human rights complaints against janitorial employers.October 2021
Counsel for manufacturer in response to union certification proceedings and unfair labour practice complaint; all applications and complaints dismissed.August 2021
Represented a food manufacturer in successful defending a Prohibited Action Complaint based on COVID-19 allegations.May 2021
Acted for grocery industry franchisees in successful appeal of Labour Relations Board decision.May 2021
Participated in successful defence of appeal relating to a dismissed union grievance.March 2021
Counsel for employer in WCAT proceedings; worker appeal dismissed.February 2021
Counsel for healthcare and support services employers in multiple rounds of collective bargainingJanuary 2021
Acted for production facility in WorkSafeBC proceedings; all claims dismissedJanuary 2021
Counsel for security contractor before Canadian International Trade Tribunal in successful defence of bid awardNovember 2020
Counsel at Labour Relations Board in relation to numerous applications for union certification in healthcare industryNovember 2020
Successfully defended union challenge to participation of certain employees in union certification voteAugust 2020
Acted for manufacturer in multi-jurisdictional wrongful dismissal litigation (Alberta and Saskatchewan)April 2020
Counsel at arbitration for a grocer, resulting in dismissal of a probationary termination grievanceFebruary 2020
Counsel for University in grievance arbitration relating to long-term accommodation disputeNovember 2019
Counsel for healthcare employer in successful defence of wrongful dismissal claimNovember 2019
Successful defence of Employment Standards complaint challenging termination for just causeSeptember 2019
Successful counsel at arbitration for employer defending termination of employee for just causeAugust 2019
Obtained transfer of civil proceedings for employer sued out of provinceAugust 2019
Acted for employer in review of arbitration award by Labour Relations BoardAugust 2019
Counsel for construction employer in decertification proceedings before Labour Relations BoardMarch 2019
Obtained dismissal of grievance on preliminary application based on union delayDecember 2018
Counsel for healthcare employer, successfully defending discriminatory action complaintDecember 2018
Acted for a University at arbitration, obtaining preliminary dismissal based on union delay in pursuing grievance to arbitrationJune 2018
Counsel at arbitration for a poultry processor, resulting in dismissal of a grievanceApril 2018
Chief spokesperson for a food manufacturer in collective bargaining and mediation, resulting in a lengthy renewal of a collective agreementApril 2018
Acted for a janitorial service provider in union certification proceedings, successfully having application dismissed as unlawfulApril 2018
Chief spokesperson for a health care services provider in bargaining, successfully negotiating a first collective agreementJanuary 2018
Represented a security provider in first contract arbitration
Industry recognitionBest Lawyers® in Canada
Labour and Employment LawCanadian Legal Lexpert®
Employment Law – EmployerThe Legal 500 Canada
Labour and Employment Law – Next GenerationChambers and Partners Canada
Labour and Employment Law – British ColumbiaDoyle’s Guide
Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) – British Columbia
CLE Employment Law Conference, 2023
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Annual Conference, 2022
CLE Employment Law Conference, 2022
Lancaster House BC Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference
CLE Employment Law Conference, 2020
Montridge Advisory Group
The Latest Happenings in Discipline and Discharge in the Construction Industry: What You Need to Know
4th Biennial Western Construction Labour Relations Forum
CLE Employment Law Conference, 2018
Lancaster House Audio Conference
CLE Employment Law Conference, 2017
Mathews Dinsdale recognized by The Legal500 Canada 2023 as a leading firm in Labour and Employment, highlighting our national reach. Testimonial - "It is the only workplace law firm with offices from coast-to-coast, so being a national organization ourselves this is extremely important to us. It was Canada’s first law firm to devote its practice to employment law."
Mathews Dinsdale has once again been recognized as a leading law firm in the Chambers Canada 2023 Guide for Employment & Labour - Nationwide, Ontario and British Columbia. Congratulations to our lawyers in BC, AB, ON and Atlantic Canada, who have been ranked and recognized this year.
Mathews Dinsdale lawyers from coast-to-coast recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as leaders in Labour Law, Employment Law, Construction Labour Relations, Occupational Health & Safety Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.
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