Preston Parsons

Preston Parsons

Associate Lawyer
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Preston is a Partner at Overholt Law LLP with over 10 years of practice experience in the firm's core areas of labour relations law, employment law, civil litigation, privacy law, and human rights law. Preston takes great care in advising all clients, including both employers and employees, with an emphasis on taking proactive steps to avoid problems and disputes from arising wherever possible.

During his career, Preston has appeared at the BC Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Provincial Court for litigation and advocacy, mediations, and more. He has also appeared at the BC Labour Relations Board, BC Human Rights Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal (General and Appeal Divisions), 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 and aviation litigation firm. Preston joined Carman Overholt, Q.C. and Jennifer Kwok at Overholt Law LLP’s predecessor firm, in January 2013.

Outside of the courtroom, Preston assists clients with privacy and pension inquiries, workplace investigations, drafting employment contracts, and advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants including non-competition clauses. Preston also advises and represents various professionals regarding investigations and disciplinary proceedings before their professional associations or regulatory bodies.

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

Mediation Certification

  • BC Provincial Court Mediation Practicum Certificate, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2011


  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Juris Doctor - 2010
    • Honours: Class Valedictorian
      • Provincial Court Judicial Externship - Winter 2010
      • Provincial Crown, Criminal Clinic - Winter 2009
      • Small Claims Mediation Certificate in Fall 2009
      • Competed in the 2008 UBC Peter Burns Mock Trial Moot
      • Summer Student, Law Students' Legal Advice Program - Summer 2008
  • Athabasca University Faculty of Business, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada
    • B.Comm - 2007
    • Honours: with Great Distinction

Published Works

  • Recent Published Works

    • Regular columnist in BCLMA Topics Newsletter Magazine from 2013 to Present, writing on wide variety of topics including Bullying and Harassment policies, Workplace Investigations, Model Policies for Law Firms, Law Wellness, Bring Your Own Device Policies, Terminating Key Employees, COVID-19 compliance, and more. For the current and back issues, see:
    • "Duty to Accommodate….A Pandemic?", CPHR PeopleTalk Magazine, Winter 2020 Edition

Representative Cases

  • Advised and represented nursing, counselling, and engineering professionals regarding investigations and proceedings before their associations and regulatory bodies
  • Represented employers in employment insurance proceedings before the Social Security Tribunal (General and Appeal Divisions)
  • Represented employers and employees in the resolution of wrongful termination matters in BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal and at mediations
  • Represented employees and employers in hearing before the BC Human Rights Tribunal regarding allegations of sexual harassment/assault and failure in the duty to accommodate a mental disability
  • 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
  • UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program Pozer Award, 2008
  • Elected Valedictorian, UBC Law Class of 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon)
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Skate Canada

Pro Bono Activities and Volunteer Contributions

  • Current:
    • CBABC Elected Vancouver Country Representative, 2015 – Present
    • TRU Law Student Mentor, 2016 – Present
    • UBC Law Student Mentor, 2011 – Present
    • Start Proud Vancouver Region Executive
      • Vice-President, 2016 – 2019
    • CBA National Young Lawyers Executive
      • Past Chair, 2018 – 2020
      • Chair, 2017 - 2018
      • Vice-Chair, 2016 – 2017
      • Secretary-Treasurer, 2015 – 2016
      • Member-at-Large, 2014 – 2015
    • CBA National Finance Committee
      • Member, 2016 – 2017
    • CBA National Membership Committee
      • Member, 2015 – 2016
    • CBA National Sections and Conferences Committee
      • Member, 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 Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)
      • Clinician and/or Clinic Head, Richmond and LGBT Legal Centres, 2007-2010