Education

  • B.A., 1992
    McGill University
  • LL.B., 1995
    University of British Columbia

Year of Call/Admission

  • New York, 2000
  • British Columbia, 1997

Cindy Switzer

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Cindy Switzer is a member of Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment, & Human Rights Group. Cindy’s practice is focused on the representation of management in wide range of workplace-related matters, as well as business immigration.

Business Immigration

Cindy assists employers bringing executives, senior managers and specially skilled workers into Canada from around the world. She provides corporate and individual clients with advice on business visitor and other work permit exemptions, helps clients to obtain temporary work permits under NAFTA, the International Mobility Program, and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Cindy works with clients to secure positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) and to transition foreign workers to permanent residents through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs.

Labour, Employment & Human Rights

Cindy provides strategic advice to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship including human rights and accommodation, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, employment contracts and termination, employment standards and related court litigation. She has appeared as counsel in mediations, settlement conferences, and trials before the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia as well as state and federal courts in New York.

International Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Cindy was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Labour & Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department. She represented the City of New York in a broad range of labour and employment matters in federal and state court as well as before administrative agencies, including conducting jury trials. Cindy’s US employment litigation experience enables her to provide trusted advice to US and multinational employers on cross-border issues.

Community Involvement

  • Director, People’s Law School of British Columbia
  • Executive Officer, CBABC Immigration Law Section
  • West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Law Reform Committee
  • Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part), Arbitrator, Pro Bono (2009-2014)

Membership/Affiliations

  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association, Labour Law, Employment Law, Human Rights, and Immigration Law Sections
  • American Bar Association, Litigation, Labour & Employment Law Sections
  • Law Clerk, British Columbia Supreme Court (1995-1996)
  • Professional Women’s Network