Jay Spiro



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Jay Spiro is an experienced lawyer with a practice focused on employment law. Jay provides strategic advice and dedicated advocacy to clients in a wide range of workplace-related matters.

Jay helps businesses and non-profit employers mitigate risks and successfully manage their workforces through effective employment agreements, lawful job changes and terminations, and consistent compliance with employment standards, human rights obligations and WorkSafeBC requirements. Clients appreciate his responsive, level-headed, and strategic approach.

As counsel to employees, Jay advises and represents clients in relation to job offers, severance negotiations, constructive and wrongful dismissals, and complaints involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation. His focus is on helping clients achieve the best possible outcome in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Jay’s practice and approach to conflict resolution have been enhanced through extensive experience in a wide range of legal matters, including commercial and construction disputes, municipal and administrative law matters, and personal injury claims. He has appeared before the B.C. Supreme and Provincial Courts, the Federal Court of Canada, the B.C. and Canadian Human Rights Tribunals, the Employment Standards Branch and the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Jay is regularly engaged as a speaker on effective workplace management and serves the local Tri-Cities community as a non-profit director and youth soccer coach. He received his law degree in 2005 from the University of Ottawa and a business administration degree in 2001 from Trinity Western University.

Outside the office, Jay loves spending time with his wife and four kids exploring beautiful B.C. by foot, skis, bike, paddle, and motorized off-road vehicle.

Education & Credentials


  • British Columbia, 2006


  • LL.B., University of Ottawa, 2005
  • BBA., Trinity Western University, 2001


  • Canadian Bar Association

Selected Experience

  • Acted for a marine engineer in a human rights complaint against an employer for unlawful discrimination on the basis of family status. The client was awarded over $500,000 in damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and expenses. Smolik v. Seaspan Marine Corporation, 2021 CHRT 11
  • Acted for defendant employee in an injunction application by former employer seeking to prevent her from soliciting, contacting or continuing any form of communication with past clients. Successfully argued application should be dismissed due to plaintiff’s failure to establish a strong case that defendant solicited clients or misused confidential information. Capital Direct Lending Corp. v Blanchette, 2019 BCSC 1068
  • Acted for plaintiff in a summary trial seeking compensation for services provided to defendant business. Plaintiff was awarded damages of approximately $80,000 on a quantum meruit basis. Nygard v Continental Steel Ltd., 2018 BCSC 541
  • Acted for a long-term employee who received a precedent-setting award of $25,000 for injury to dignity and self-respect as a result of the employer’s unlawful discrimination and failure to accommodate a disability. Datt v. McDonald’s Restaurants (No. 3), 2007 BCHRT 324

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