Kerri Crawford is part of our litigation group. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015 and began her legal career at a boutique litigation firm in Toronto before moving to Victoria and being called to the BC Bar in 2016. Prior to joining Stewart McDannold Stuart, Kerri worked at a full service firm in Victoria, where she developed a litigation practice with a focus on both employment and labour law and local government matters. She has frequently represented clients before the British Columbia Supreme Court and at various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, the Tax Court of Canada and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. Kerri has advised clients on a broad variety of matters affecting local governments, including land title matters, zoning issues, home occupations, bylaw prosecutions, judicial review and other administrative proceedings, claims of nonconforming use, injunctive relief, and development and building permit issues.
Kerri devotes a significant amount of her practice to the intersection of local government law and labour and employment law, including terminations, layoffs, human rights issues, claims of wrongful dismissal, employee misconduct, accommodation, occupational health and safety standards, claims of bullying and harassment, interpretation of Collective Agreement provisions, and policy and contract drafting. She is keenly attuned to the unique concerns affecting local governments in their capacity as both employers and public institutions.
Kerri has a significant background in music. Prior to attending law school, she earned a diploma in jazz music performance and an undergraduate degree in classical music performance, worked in an administrative capacity for a prominent opera company in New York, and spent several years as the Director of the Harbord Street Jazz Festival in Toronto. She enjoys the opportunity to occasionally moonlight as a jazz saxophonist.