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Graham Nattress

Overholt Law LLP | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A lawyer since 2001


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Overholt Law LLP
570 Granville Street , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 3P1
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With over three decades of dedicated service in the legal and human resources fields, Graham Nattress stands as a seasoned professional, bridging the intricate worlds of litigation and employee relations. His career spans a formidable array of roles, from litigation lawyer to human resources executive, showcasing his versatility and depth of knowledge. Graham's legal expertise is recognized across British Columbia and Manitoba, where he is a respected member of both bars.

Graham's journey in the legal profession has seen him navigate the complex terrain of employment and insurance litigation. His resume boasts significant experience with one of the nation's premier life and health insurers, a leading international travel firm, a provincial government's auto insurance body, and in the trenches of private practice. This diverse experience has equipped him with a unique perspective on the nuances of employment law and the intricacies of insurance disputes.

In addition to his legal practice, Graham has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of legal minds as an instructor of the Insurance Law course at the University of Manitoba Law School. His commitment to education underscores his belief in the importance of nurturing intellectual growth and professional development in the field.

Graham's approach to legal challenges is characterized by his analytical prowess and strategic thinking. He has a proven track record of resolving complex issues with efficiency and foresight, skills honed through years of high-stakes litigation and executive decision-making. His expertise extends beyond the courtroom, as evidenced by his success in appearing before Superior Courts in every province, save for Quebec. His litigation journey has also taken him through the corridors of Appeal and Provincial Courts, Human Rights Tribunals, and before various employment regulators.

A strong proponent of mediation, Graham has facilitated hundreds of formal and informal mediation sessions, contributing to the resolution of disputes in a manner that is both constructive and conciliatory. His efforts in developing employment policies, contracts, and litigation management systems have significantly benefited corporations, streamlining their legal processes and enhancing their operational efficiency.

As the designated Grievance Investigator and Mediator for grievances involving Shared Health, Manitoba's provincial health authority, and the Manitoba Association of Healthcare Professionals, Graham plays a crucial role in maintaining harmonious workplace relations within the health sector. His recent transition to Overholt Law in July 2022, culminating in his promotion to Partner in January 2023, marks the latest chapter in a distinguished career dedicated to the pursuit of justice and the advancement of employee relations.

Previous Work Experience:

  • Litigation experience with Canada's leading life and health insurer, an international travel company, a provincial government auto insurer, and in private practice.

  • Executive human resources position leading an in-house team of litigation lawyers.

  • Insurance Law course instructor at the University of Manitoba Law School.

  • Grievance Investigator and Mediator for Shared Health and the Manitoba Association of Healthcare Professionals.

  • Joined Overholt Law in July 2022 and became a Partner in January 2023.

Practice Areas:

  • Employment Law

  • Labour Relations Law

  • Human Rights Law

  • Professional Discipline

  • Corporate Governance

  • Privacy and Freedom of Information

  • Pension and Benefits


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