Valerie Le Blanc
Valerie Le Blanc primarily practices in the areas of employment, labour and human rights law. She frequently acts for employers and employees in relation to contract negotiations, employment obligations, and termination from employment, and is often consulted on constructive dismissal matters. She has experience in drafting and implementing employment policies, non-competition agreements, employment contracts and letters of termination. She also provides services in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, wills and estates, and residential tenancy disputes. Ms. Le Blanc has represented clients before British Columbia’s Provincial and Supreme Courts, as well as before administrative tribunals, including the provincial Human Rights Tribunal and the Residential Tenancy Branch.
Ms. Le Blanc was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. She then moved to the west coast to attend the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, earning her LL.B. in 2010. In addition to demanding academic studies in law, Ms. Le Blanc gained practical legal work experience through the Law Co-op Program with the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Housing and Social Development, and also with the Policy and Legislation branch of the Ministry of Environment. Ms. Le Blanc also contributed to the Ombudsperson’s investigation into senior’s care in the province and completed a term as an advocate at the Law Centre, assisting individuals with both criminal and family disputes in provincial court. Ms. Le Blanc volunteered as a legal advocate for organizations such as the Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), as a presenter for the Faculty of Law – Law4All Program and as a researcher for Pro Bono Students Canada. In 2009, Ms. Le Blanc was recognized for her academic success and commitment to the legal community with the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award.
Ms. Le Blanc currently sits on the board as Treasurer for the Canadian Bar Association – Women Lawyers Forum (Vancouver Island). Ms. Le Blanc is also an accomplished violinist and serves on the Board of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria.
Ms. Le Blanc articled with Velletta & Company and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Victoria Bar Association. In her spare time, Ms. Le Blanc enjoys travelling, cooking, music, hiking and spending time with her family.