Dean Crawford, Q.C. is a partner at Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP. He practices in the area of labour and employment law, including employment litigation, human rights proceedings, labour relations, workers compensation and employment standards.
Dean works closely with employers and employees on preventative steps to resolve workplace issues quickly and efficiently. He also represents clients in litigation and has considerable experience acting for both employers and employees before the B.C. Court of Appeal, the B.C. Supreme Court, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, WorkSafe BC and labour arbitrators.
Dean is frequently called upon to advise clients on executive employment agreements and has considerable experience in drafting such agreements. He has negotiated agreements for large organizations and was the lead advisor to the Midwives Association of British Columbia in respect of a breakthrough agreement reached with the Government of B.C. in 2014.
He writes frequently on the topic of non-compete and non-solicit agreements and competition by former employees at his blog: www.competingemployee.com. He was a contributing author to the Canada chapter of Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey (American Bar Association, 2010).
He has previously taught employment law at the University of Victoria law school and has spoken at conferences on employment law on several occasions.
Prior to joining Pulver Crawford Munroe, Dean was the head of the employment law group in the Vancouver office of a prominent national law firm.
A former political assistant to Canada’s Minister of Justice and Minister of Health, Dean also carries out a practice in the area of government relations and public policy. He provides strategic advice to clients on their interaction with government and analysis of the impact of proposed government initiatives.
Dean’s clients have included some of the largest global retailers, hotels, transportation and pharmaceutical companies, many mid-sized and small businesses, as well as senior executives, managers and professionals.
Dean is very involved in his community and the legal profession, having previously served as the President of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and a director of the Legal Services Society, which delivers the Province’s legal aid program.
He is currently a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia, which recommends appointments to the bench to the federal Minister of Justice. He also serves as President of the North Shore Girls Soccer Club, one of Canada’s largest all-girls soccer clubs.
Dean was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
The Advocate, January 2006
American Bar Association, 2010