Donald L. Richards



Key Practice Area

Labour & Employment Law

Year of Call




After his call to the Bar in 1986, Don began his legal career at Farris in civil and criminal litigation acting as defence counsel and, later, as Federal Crown prosecutor. In 1990, after returning from a world tour, Don rejoined Farris where he began practising employment and labour law, which is still his preferred area of practice today. Don’s practice includes acting on behalf of employers in the telecommunications, transportation, retail, broadcasting, education, and hospitality industries, as well as a number of municipal employers, before the Federal and Provincial Labour Relations Boards, at arbitrations and at human rights proceedings.

He was recently Counsel for an employer on Canada’s first Facebook termination case. Don has also acted as counsel for TELUS Corporation; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; University of British Columbia; Health Canada; Translink; Starbucks Coffee Company; Canada Post Corporation; several municipalities; police and fire departments; and a variety of employers in other businesses, ranging from a large coal mine in northern British Columbia to a small local brewery.

Don is a member of the Vancouver Bar Association and various employer human resource associations. He has made presentations to a variety of labour relations organizations, including the Human Resource Management Association (“HRMA”) and the Continuing Legal Education Society, and has conducted various client seminars and management training sessions.

  • Telus Communications Inc. v. Telecommunications Workers Union, [2018] BCCA 331
  • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2022)
  • Benchmark Canada Litigation Star (2022)