Background & Experience
Anthony (Tony) has practiced labour and workplace law since his call to the BC Bar in 1994. He became a partner in Askew Fiorillo Hughes & Glavin in 1997 and remained with the firm which ultimately became Glavin Gordon Clements and now Koskie Glavin Gordon. Lexpert has “repeatedly recommended” Anthony since 2004 as a leading practitioner in the area of labour relations in the province.
Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Anthony maintains a broad labour law practice representing unions in both the private and public sectors. His private sector clients represent workers in industries ranging from brewery, winery, longshore, airline and newspapers to camera, technicians and performers in film and television. In the public sector he represents firefighters, resident doctors and unions in the health care, post-secondary education, transportation and municipal sectors. In addition to his labour relations clientele, Anthony has also developed a significant health and welfare trust practice, having concluded two large public sector joint trust agreements affecting over 50,000 employees and their dependents. Anthony continues to be involved on behalf of unions in the creation and implementation of new health benefit joint trusts.
Anthony also carries on a small sports law practice in which he serves as regional counsel to the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association and acts as a player agent to professional lacrosse players under contract with National Lacrosse League clubs.
In addition to providing legal, strategic and educational services to clients, Anthony’s practice routinely involves appearing before a range of administrative bodies including labour arbitrators, labour relations boards, pension standards tribunals, financial services tribunals, privacy commissioners, workers’ compensation boards and human rights tribunals. As well, he pursues his clients’ interests at every level of the courts in British Columbia and in the federal jurisdiction. Anthony also participates in negotiations on behalf of several of his clients, including on behalf of the cinematographers' guild and the BC Council of Film Unions in industry bargaining with the film and television producers in Los Angeles.
As part of the firm providing full services to its clients, Anthony is involved in teaching a variety of labour law courses and, each year, puts on a week-long arbitration law course with three arbitrators for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School in Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
Anthony was a member of a number of trade unions in the Lower Mainland of BC prior to and during his university studies. He continues to be an active member of the local community as well, having served as a founding member of two local resident associations and as a member of the New Westminster Advisory Planning Commission. Anthony has also coached minor lacrosse, hockey and soccer, was a long-time member of the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association executive, and currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Board of Governors after having served several years as its Chairman.