With more than 20 years of experience in the practice of employment law, Blair Curtis is our most senior lawyer. He is the firm’s head of litigation.
Blair has spent 14 years helping our clients obtain successful outcomes to their workplace issues. Prior to that, Blair practiced for 6 years at a large national law firm. Blair has extensive experience in employment law and related matters.
He has assisted clients in reaching favorable resolutions of disputes including: wrongful dismissals, severance pay disputes, human rights complaints, employment standards complaints, employment contract interpretation disputes, unfair competition injunctions, and worker’s compensation issues. Blair regularly advises on, and drafts agreements pertaining to executive employment, such as employment contracts, stock option agreements, non-competition and confidentiality clauses.
In each case, Blair applies his negotiation skills first to determine whether litigation may be necessary. He continues to look for opportunities to negotiate a good deal for his client throughout his handling of a case.
In his practice, Blair has appeared as counsel before all levels of Courts in British Columbia and has succeeded in arguing a number of important and precedent setting employment law cases. He has also acted as counsel before various federal and provincial administrative tribunals in employment law related matters.
Blair is the author of numerous published papers on a wide array of employment law topics. As a regular contributor to B.C.’s Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) program, Blair has written papers on, and presented to lawyers on, many employment-related subjects, such as: punitive damages, efficient methods for accessing the Court system, the duty of honesty in employment relationships, and mitigation of damages. Blair is a member of the organizing committee for CLE’s Employment Law Conference, having first volunteered in this capacity in 2012.
Blair is an accomplished chef and oenophile. He is a member of two French wine organizations that promote the appreciation of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver International Wine Festival. The wine festival supports Bard on the Beach and Blair sits on the Gala Auction Wine Committee in this connection.
His other interests include playing guitar, collecting Canadian art, and studying baseball and hockey history.