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Cindy  Switzer

Cindy Switzer

Associate Fasken
Taking the time to meet with clients to understand their circumstances and business objectives, and coming up with innovative solutions which reflect a sound understanding of the laws applicable to the workplace and each client’s particular needs and challenges is extremely rewarding.
Jurisdiction New York, 2000 | British Columbia, 1997
Office(s) Vancouver

Cindy Switzer is an internationally experienced practitioner in the areas of employment, human rights and corporate immigration practicing in Vancouver. With many years of experience in both Canadian and US workplace law, she advises clients on all aspects of the employment relationship including business immigration.

Cindy’s in-depth expertise includes human rights and accommodation, discrimination, retaliation, leaves of absence, employment contracts, personnel policies, wrongful termination, and related court litigation. When clients require it, she also appears 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.

As part of her business immigration practice, 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, and helps clients to obtain temporary work permits under NAFTA, 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.

Prior to joining Fasken, Cindy was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Labour & Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department. Her US employment litigation experience enables her to provide trusted advice to US and multi-national employers on cross-border issues.



  • LLB University of British Columbia
  • BA McGill University

Community involvement

  • Director, People’s Law School of British Columbia
  • Access Pro Bono, Volunteer Lawyer, Mental Health Program
  • West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Law Reform Committee
  • Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part), Arbitrator, Pro Bono (2009-2014)

Memberships & 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
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