Kirby Smith


Background & Experience

Kirby is a compassionate advocate dedicated to advancing the interests of unions and workers. She works primarily in the areas of labour, human rights, class action and administrative law. Kirby has appeared before labour arbitrators, labour relations boards, other workplace administrative tribunals, the BC Court of Appeal, as well as provincial and superior courts in BC and Alberta. Kirby acts on behalf of a wide range of clients, and has significant experience advising on issues related to contract interpretation, labour board applications, and workers compensation and disability benefits claims.

Following graduation from McGill University’s Faculty of Law in 2013, Kirby completed her articles at a large BC union and worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Alberta. She also mediated and adjudicated employment standards disputes as an Industrial Relations Officer with the BC Employment Standards Branch, before returning to her litigation practice.

Kirby sits as a board member of Strathcona Health Society and volunteers with Access Pro Bono BC’s Mental Health Program and Francophone Telephone Clinics. She also provides legal services to individuals about workplace sexual harassment through the SHARP Workplaces Legal Advice Clinic.

She is fluent in French.


  • McGill University (B.C.L./LL.B.)
  • University of British Columbia [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]


  • Law Society of BC, Member
  • Law Society of Alberta, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, member
  • Association des juristes d’expression française de la Colombie-Britannique, member


Awards & Rankings

  • Access Pro Bono Allan Parker QC Award for Representation Services (2016)
  • Law Students’ Association Award (2013) for contributions to the life of the Faculty
  • Richard Golick Extracurricular Achievement Prize (2012)