Preston Parsons

Preston Parsons

Lawyer

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Phone: 778-653-7561

Direct Line: 604-676-4197

Toll Free: 877-296-1161

Fax: 604-568-6552

Email: Email Me | preston@overholtlawyers.com

Preston is a lawyer at Overholt Law and practices in the firm's core areas of labour relations law, employment law, and human rights law. Preston takes great care in advising both employers and employees with an emphasis on taking proactive steps to avoid problems and disputes from arising wherever possible.

Preston has experienced a wide breadth of legal practice and procedure and has appeared in both British Columbia Supreme Court and Provincial Court for employment litigation and advocacy, mediations, and more. He has also appeared at the BC Labour Relations Board, BC Human Rights Tribunal and in federal labour arbitration proceedings. He has summered, articled, and practiced in downtown Vancouver since 2009, first at a large regional firm and later at a boutique class action litigation firm. He has worked on some of the largest and most complex legal cases in Canada, an experience which makes him well suited to the management of his clients' files.

Outside of the courtroom, Preston assists clients with workplace investigations, drafting employment contracts, and advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants including non-competition clauses.

Away from the office, Preston is a professional figure skating coach and enjoys the arts, charities, travelling and giving back to the profession through his work with the Canadian Bar Association.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia, 2011

Education

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

J.D. - 2010

Provincial Court Judicial Externship - Winter 2010

Provincial Crown, Criminal Clinic - Winter 2009

Peter Burns Mock Trial Moot - Fall 2008

Summer Student, Law Students' Legal Advice Program - Summer 2008

Mediate BC

Provincial Court Small Claims Mediation Practicum Certificate - 2009

Athabasca University, Faculty of Business, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada

B.Comm - 2007 (with Great Distinction)

Published Works

"Demystifying Unwritten Expectations", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Winter 2017

"Laying Down The Law: Dealing With Difficult Rainmakers", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, August 2016

"Bring Your Own Device: Word from the OIPC", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Summer 2016

"Tips & Guidance for Navigating Employment Terminations", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Spring 2016

"Lawyer Wellness and Mental Health", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Winter 2016

"Model Policies for Your Firm c/o The Law Society", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Autumn 2015

"Workplace Investigations in Difficult Situations", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Summer 2015

"Pronoun Usage - Introducing You to They", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Spring 2015

"Loose Lips Sink Settlements", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Winter 2015

"Parting ways - Departing Employees, Firm Property and Personal Information", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Autumn 2014 Edition

"He Said, She Said: Why your firm should have written employment contracts", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Summer 2014 Edition

"Does your law firm have a bullying and harassment policy?", BCLMA Topics Newsletter, Spring 2014 Edition

Representative Cases

Represented employers and employees in the resolution of wrongful termination and other employment matters in BC Supreme Court and through mediation

Successfully represented a franchisor in a Canadian territorial competency and forum non conveniens dispute: JM Food Services Ltd. v Canada Businet Co. Ltd., 2012 BCSC 862

Honours and Awards

CBA National Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award, 2011

Elected Valedictorian, UBC Law Class of 2010

UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program Pozer Award, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

Canadian Bar Association

Vancouver Bar Association

Human Resources Management Association

Law Society of British Columbia

Skate Canada

Recent Speaking Engagements

"Disability Management and Employee Absenteeism, October 5, 2016"

"Current Legal Issues and Trends in Human Resources Management, April 20, 2016"

"12th Edition Western Labour and Employee Relations Forum: Updates on Disclosure Laws: Latest on Drug Testing and Other Laws that Deal with Personal and Medical Information, January 28 - 29, 2016"

Community Involvement/Volunteerism

Current:

Vice-Chair, CBABC National Young Lawyers Executive
Chair, Start Proud Vancouver Region Executive, 2016 – Present
CBABC Elected Vancouver Country Representative, 2015 – Present
TRU Law Student Mentor, 2016 – Present
UBC Law Student Mentor, 2011 – Present

Past:

CBA National Young Lawyers Executive

  • Secretary-Treasurer, 2015 – 2016
  • Member-at-Large, 2014 – 2015

CBABC SOGIC Forum Executive

  • Co-Chair, 2011 – 2015
  • Membership and Outreach Coordinator, 2009 – 2011

CBABC Young Lawyers – Lower Mainland Forum Executive

  • Member-at-Large, 2013 – 2015

Law Student’s Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)

  • Clinician and/or Clinic Head, Richmond and LGBT Legal Centres, 2007 – 2010