Mediation. Jess guides parties to resolve their conflicts quickly and fairly. Her approach is practical and respectful, and is informed by her extensive experience helping individuals and organizations to resolve challenging interpersonal and legal disputes. Jess welcomes work mediating workplace conflicts, personal injury claims, business disputes, and housing-related disputes. Jess has advanced mediation training and is a member of the MediateBC Civil Roster.
Jess gets it: she has excellent people skills, reads people well and always grasps the issues. I’ve worked with a number of “new” mediators over the past 10 years and Jess is the best of the bunch. We need more like her.
– Paul Taberner, mediator
Labour law. In her law practice, Jess advises and represents unions on human rights, workers’ compensation, and collective agreement interpretation issues. Jess is experienced in general litigation and public interest litigation, and has represented clients before a wide range of tribunals and at all levels of court. She has a particular interest in matters involving disability and workplace accommodation.
Jess also provides customized training for unions and other organizations that want to learn more about the legal processes affecting their operations. Jess designs such training on a case-by-case basis and empowers her audience to confidently handle challenging situations. Past topics have included workplace conflict, disability accommodation, WCB claims, interviewing skills, and systems management.
Before becoming a lawyer and mediator, Jess worked as a cashier, a library clerk, a barista, and a farm hand. She obtained her BA from Oxford University and her law degree from the University of Victoria. Jess is an active pro bono lawyer and a committed volunteer with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
Jozipovic v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board), 2012 BCCA 174 | The Court of Appeal struck down a WCB policy that had prevented injured workers from getting a loss of earnings award.
British Columbia (Public Safety and Solicitor General) v. Stelmack, 2011 BCSC 1244 | The Supreme Court found the government had breached privacy legislation by refusing to release jailhouse footage to a former detainee.
Lavender Co-Operative Housing Association v. Ford, 2011 BCCA 114 | The Court of Appeal concluded that a housing co-operative had not discriminated on grounds of family status.
Clements v. Gordon Nelson Investments Inc., 2010 BCSC 31 | The Supreme Court struck down an exceptional rent increase affecting all the tenants at a Vancouver building.
Ross v. British Columbia (Residential Tenancy Act, Dispute Resolution Officer), 2008 BCSC 1862 | The Supreme Court found that the petitioner’s right to a fair hearing had been breached, and ordered a new hearing.
British Columbia v. Bolster, 2007 BCCA 65 | The Court of Appeal affirmed that a visually impaired truck driver was entitled to $115,000 in compensation after a government agency discriminated against him.
Harley v. Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, 2006 BCSC 1420 | The Supreme Court found that the petitioner had been denied a fair hearing and ordered a new hearing, commenting on the right to adequate reasons.