Erika Lambert-Shirzad  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Erika has a multi-disciplinary solicitor/litigator practice, practicing a mix of environmental, municipal, health, expropriation and regulatory law. Erika has extensive experience drafting bylaws and policies, conducting legal research, providing legal advice and opinions, and negotiating and drafting agreements. She has also acted as counsel in legal proceedings before administrative tribunals and in civil litigation, judicial review and injunction proceedings before all levels of British Columbia courts.

Representative Work

  • Drafted bylaws and policies regulating, among other things, construction, farming, flooding, governance, highways, land subdivision, use and development, licencing, municipal taxation, noise control, professional credentialing and discipline, soil deposit and removal, and signs.
  • Negotiated and drafted a wide variety of legal agreements including, but not limited to:
    • confidentiality and intellectual property agreements;
    • construction, infrastructure and expropriation agreements;
    • environmental remediation, water service, and flooding agreements;
    • real estate agreements (e.g. covenants, development agreements, easements, encroachment agreements, housing agreements, latecomer agreements, leases, licences, parking agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and statutory right of ways); and
    • technology service and telecommunication agreements.
  • Acted as counsel in legal proceedings before administrative tribunals. Representative cases can be viewed below:
  • Acted as counsel in civil litigation, judicial review and injunction proceedings before all levels of British Columbia courts. Representative cases can be viewed below:

Publications & Presentations



  • "Update on Medical Assistance in Dying", BLG-U, March 2019

  • "An Introduction to Canadian Wildlife Statutes," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Webinar, November 2018
  • "2018 Legislative and Regulatory Update," BLG Vancouver Environmental Law Seminar, November 2018
  • "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG-U, May 2018
  • "Lectures on Administrative Law in the Local Government Context," Capilano UniversityApril 2016, 2017 and 2018 and 2019
  • "Due Diligence from an Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Perspective," Client Presentation, March 2018
  • "Case Law Update - 2017 a Year in Review," Environmental Managers Association of BC Workshop, January 2018
  • "Legislative and Regulatory Update," BLG Environmental Law Seminar, October 2017
  • "Uncivil Civic Engagement," Local Government Management Conference,  May 2017
  • "Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying," The Society of Notaries Public’s of BC Fall Conference, September 2016
  • "Carter & Bill C-14: Legal Issues," Provincial Health Services Authority Risk Management Education Series,  April 2016
  • In-House Local Government Seminars:
    • Urban Homelessness: Regulating The Use of Space in British Columbia’s Cities, November 2015
    • Trends and Legal Update: Uber, Liquor, Composting and More, May 2015
    • Trains, Planes and Pipelines Lanes, October 2014
    • Bylaw Enforcement: Knowing Your Options and Exercising Them Strategically, April 2014
    • Changing Demands on Agricultural Lands, October 2013
    • Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations: Impacts on Local Governments, April 2013