Howard Employment Law represents the natural evolution of Geoffrey Howard’s more than 30 years of employment law practice. He started out in employment law as a junior lawyer in Toronto representing mainly employees, pursuing their wrongful dismissal claims and learning the ropes in civil litigation. On returning to his native Vancouver in 1994, Geoff knew he wanted to focus on employment law.
While working at the growing Vancouver office of international law firm Gowlings as an associate and then a partner for over 18 years, he gained broader business and commercial litigation experience, which he put to use when advising his growing employer client base. After stints at leading local employment and business boutique firms, he was ready to fulfill a longstanding ambition of starting his own firm in September 2020.
Geoff was delighted his legal assistant Nikki Morrow jumped at the opportunity to “join him in HEL”, where she is helping to set up firm systems to better serve our clients but has also taken on office administration and accounting responsibilities as Office Coordinator. His wife Marie-Claire oversaw the firm setup and manages the finances and operations of HEL. The HEL team was thrilled when Sebastian Chern, an experienced employment law associate looking to relocate from Chilliwack to Vancouver, agreed to join the HEL team on opening day.