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Chris D. Drinovz is an experienced employment and labour lawyer and the head of the Employment & Labour Group at KSW Lawyers. He was born and raised in Surrey and has practiced law exclusively in the Fraser Valley since 2010. Chris’ expertise covers all facets of the workplace including wrongful dismissal, severance opinions, human rights, discrimination/harassment, employment standards, employment contracts and workplace policies, dismissal planning, employee investigations, pension & benefits, disability and other insurance claims, employment insurance and CPP disability, WorkSafeBC injury claims, discriminatory action, and occupational health/safety fines and assessments, partnership and shareholder disputes, arbitration, collective agreement advice, unfair representation complaints, non-compete/solicit disputes, and injunctions. Chris also practices in other complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters. You can read some of his client decisions below.

Chris acts as general employment counsel for many local small and mid-sized Fraser Valley businesses. He takes a practical and pragmatic approach to planning and/or dispute resolution tailored to the need of each client. He also represents wrongfully dismissed employees which experience includes being co-counsel in a class action lawsuit against a large national employer.

Chris has successfully argued cases in the 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.

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. In 2007, Chris graduated on the Dean’s Honour List with a Bachelor of Science, having also been recognized by the Golden Key International Honour Society for being in the top 15% of all students. Chris 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 was named the third best lawyer in the criminal law category of the 2014 Georgia Strait Best of Vancouver Awards. 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

  • Juris Doctor – 2010
  • Honours: Law Foundation Award

University of British Columbia

  • B.Sc., Bachelor of Science – 2007
  • Honours: Undergraduate Scholar Program Award
  • Honours: Dean’s Honour List
  • Major: Mathematics
  • Minors: English Literature, Spanish

Professional And Community Involvement:

  • Canadian Bar Association BC, Vice-Chair for Employment Law Section
  • Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President on the Board of Directors
  • BC Chamber of Commerce, Policy Review Committee Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Trusted Advisors Group for TEC Canada
  • “Workforce Reset: A Playbook for Worker and Employer Resilience”, Employer Panel
  • WorkSafeBC Policy Development Task Force
  • Surrey Cares Foundation, Past Board of Directors
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Friendly Drifter Society, Board of Directors
  • Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Volunteer on various Boards of Directors
  • Member of Access Pro Bono’s Lawyer Referral Service
  • Law Students Legal Advice Program, Peter Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Bar Admission:

  • British Columbia, 2011

Honours And Awards:

  • Rrecognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch in the practice area of employment law for employers and employees.
  • Rated Top 3 Best Employment Lawyers in Langley, Surrey and Abbotsford by ThreeBestRated, under Best Business of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
  • Rated Top 3 Best Employment Lawyers in Abbotsford by ThreeBestRated, under Best Business of 2019.
  • Georgia Strait, Best of Vancouver Awards, Best criminal lawyer in Vancouver, 2014.

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Testimonials

Brad Kiendl

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.

9.28.2019

Aly Abji

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!

11.10.2019

Tracy Holden

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.

11.4.2020

Kash Khan

Absolute pleasure working such a professional and dedicated group during the pandemic. Much thanks to Mr. Christopher Drinovz and co!

5.8.2021
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Successful Cases

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3.3.2020
Human Rights
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Our client was injured in a helicopter crash at work. The employer then terminated her employment while she was on medical leave and WorkSafeBC benefits. Our client filed a complaint under the Human Rights Code and the employer applied to dismiss the complaint under s. 27(1)(c) of the Code. We resited the application to dismiss and it was denied as the employer was unsuccessful in showing that the complaint had no reasonable prospect of success. Importantly, the tribunal found that “determinations made by WorkSafeBC abour whether an employee can return to a pre-injury job are not based on a human rights analysis of whether an employer has fulfilled its duty to accommodate.”
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1.21.2020
Commercial, Insurance & Criminal
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Chris was co-counsel for the defendant in a case where the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally ran him over with her vehicle. After a six day trial, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for aggravated and punitive damages and found the plaintiff was in fact 50% responsible for the incident.
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11.19.2019
WorkSafeBC Compensation
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Judicial review – Workers Compensation Board accepted our client’s claim for a back injury sustained on a first day on the job with her new employer. In setting her long-term wage rate, WCB found her to be a ‘temporary’ worker. We argued for our client that her employment was permanent. WCAT dismissed our claim and affirmed the initial WCB decision. We petitioned the BC Supreme Court, and the Court found the WCAT decision was patently unreasonable as it failed to make findings about the words of our client’s oral employment contract. This judicial review presented an interesting intersection of employment law, workers compensation law, and administrative law. Read Chris’ blog post about this case here.
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9.20.2019
Employment Insurance & CPP
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Chris’ client was denied Employment Insurance benefits after the Commission determined that she had left her job voluntarily. We appealed to the Social Security Tribunal and successfully argued that our client was in fact terminated from employment and therefore she was entitled to EI benefits. She received a retroactive payment and ongoing support during her search for new employment.
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29.8.2021
Can an Employer Require Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine (BC)? – CanLII Authors Program
CanLIIDocs 228
1.7.2020
“Constructive Dismissal After Covid-19” – Signals Magazine by New Car Dealers’ Association of BC
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1.6.2020
“The New Era of Employment Law” – BarTalk Magazine by Canadian Bar Association of BC
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