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Darlene has a wide range of solicitor skills. Her general practice is mostly in corporate commercial areas. Her business clients range from start-up companies to large established businesses in the community, including franchisors and franchisees is a variety of industries. Her individual clients are just as diverse, coming from many different perspectives and communities.

Darlene has provided numerous lectures and presentations on lending, wills, estate planning, and planning for retirement. She taught Business Law at Simon Fraser University until 2010 and has been a guest lecturer for the Law Society for a number of years.

Darlene has volunteered all her adult life in a variety of ways from coaching soccer to teaching adults to read and much more in between. Darlene continues to play soccer, flag football and referee minor hockey and is always looking for tips to improve her golf game.

I love my job and what I love the most is meeting clients and learning all about what they do and how their businesses operate. My gift is listening and wanting to understand what they do well enough so that I can effectively guide them through whatever brought them to me. I genuinely care about the success of their business and families and they know this about me.

Education:

  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
    Canada,1999
  • St. Mary’s University (Final Year)

Classes And Seminars:

  • Business Law, Simon Fraser University

Bar Admissions:

  • British Columbia, 2000

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Darlene Dort really helped us with our share purchase agreement and subsequent financing. She made sure we knew of our risks and represented us well in our negotiations with the other side. Thanks Darlene.

10.17.2020

Harman Johal

Great service! Darlene really knows her Real Estate related facts

12.14.2020

Souky Souky

Koodos to Darlene for helping me out with the Estate purchase. Darlene is very knowledgeable and answered all questions I had during my Purchase. I would recommend her for any of your legal matters. Koodos to Darlene Dort. I will be incorporating my business soon and will be going to this firm.. A++++++++++++++++

5.11.2021
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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
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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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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