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Chris D. Drinovz is an experienced employment and labour lawyer serving the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, a Partner at KSW Lawyers and the Head of the Employment & Labour Group which consists of several lawyers. Chris attended the University of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from UBC.
Chris has been practicing law for over 11 years with a strong focus on employment law matters. He advises both workers and organizations, but his practice is focused on working with employers to help achieve long term strategies and business goals. This involves both advisory work on contracts and policies, but also providing representation in dispute resolution issues. His expertise covers all facets of the workplace including wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, workplace policies, human rights issues, and all WorkSafeBC matters, including occupational health & safety.
Chris has appeared in Provincial, Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada. His litigation experience includes mediations, arbitrations, injunctions, judicial reviews, trials, and appeals. He also regularly appears in provincial and federal administrative tribunals such as the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal, and Employment Standards Tribunal. In April 2021, Chris was recognized in the2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch in the practice area of employment law for employers and employees.
Chris enjoys valuable volunteer work and dedicates his time on the Executive of the Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association BC, the Policy Review Committee of the BC Chamber, and the WorkSafeBC Policy Development Committee of the Surrey Board of Trade. He also serves the business community by acting as the Vice President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.
A recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, Chris studied Mathematics, English Literature, and Spanish at the University of British Columbia as an Undergraduate Scholar. He continued his education at UBC Law School where his honours included the Law Foundation Award. While attending UBC Law, Chris was active in the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and the Union Gospel Mission. Chris articled at a large Fraser Valley Firm where he practiced employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal law. He then moved to a boutique employment and disability law firm in Langley before joining KSW in 2016. He is currently on the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Employment Law Subsection.
Chris has a passion for skiing, power-lifting and music. He is an avid jazz fan and a member of the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society. He also plays drums for “Lost & Loaded” a rock cover band of wannabe rockstars.
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia
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Is your business following HR bests practices when it comes to employee dismissals to prevent any legal challenges from occurring? How familiar are you with the Employment Standards Act (ESA)? What obligations are there at the time of dismissal?
We hired Chris Drinovz to complete our employment contracts. He worked with us to customize the agreement to our needs and had the whole thing wrapped up in less than two weeks. He was great to work with.
I was directed to Christopher D. Drinovz to assist with wrongful termination and severance negotiation. Chris went out of his way to ensure I understood applicable laws and process and helped me to negotiate a much better settlement than I was originally offered. Chris is highly recommended and is now my go-to lawyer for all employment related needs. Chris was even kind enough to review a new offer from another employer and ensure I didn’t end up in a similar situation I had with my last employer. Being proactive is the name of the game and understanding employment law can be a huge challenge. If you have questions or concerns regarding your employment situation look no further than Chris and KSW!
I was referred to Christopher D. Drinovs to assist with employment contract negotiations. Chris was pleasant and easy to work with. He grasped my need very quickly and turned around the proposal I needed very expeditiously with clear language. This resulted in a positive and mutually agreeable outcome. The fee for services was very fair. Thank you Chris for your assistance.
Absolute pleasure working such a professional and dedicated group during the pandemic. Much thanks to Mr. Christopher Drinovz and co!
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