Gabriel Somjen

Gabriel Somjen QC; CPHR

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

Gabriel Somjen is senior counsel in our Labour and Employment Group in our Vancouver office. Gabriel is experienced in all areas of labour and employment law, including labour board matters (provincial and federal), Employment Standards claims, human rights claims, wrongful dismissal claims, and negotiating and drafting employment contracts and collective agreements. He is also experienced in providing preventive and proactive advice regarding workplace issues and conflicts, the mitigation and resolution of workplace conflicts, and arbitration and mediation.

A listed arbitrator for both the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for British Columbia and The British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, as well as a mediator with Mediate BC, Gabriel often presides as chair in labour arbitrations and mediations.  He has appeared before the BC Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal, labour arbitration boards, and other administrative tribunals. 

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Don't just sleep on it — sleep deprivation can be a serious problem for employees and employers," Canadian Employment Safety and Health Guide, July 16, 2017.
  • Has published articles and delivered lectures on various topics in labour relations including mandatory retirement, picketing, collective bargaining, grievances and smoking bylaws, drug and alcohol testing, social media, apologies. 
  • Co-Presenter, "From Curbside to Store Front: Risks of Rewards From the Business of Marihuana," BLG Seminar, June 2016.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2010) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Labour & Employment Law).
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Workplace Human Rights).
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of Who's Who Legal Canada (Management Labour & Employment Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.