596 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 4 J U L Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE
Charles (Chuck) Harrison
Charles (Chuck) Harrison was born on June 13, 1959
and passed away on January 24, 2017 following a
brief illness. He lived his entire life in Vancouver
apart from his first three years in Calgary and one
year as a “ski bum” in Whistler. He attended Lord
Byng Secondary School and attended UBC both for
undergrad and for law school, graduating with the
class of 1985. Chuck’s entire career was spent at the same firm. He articled
and practised at Russell & DuMoulin, later Fasken Martineau DuMoulin
LLP, where he practised labour and employment law and became a leader
in the field.
From the very beginning of his legal career Chuck was an excellent
lawyer and a fantastic colleague: easygoing, humorous and willing to take
on anything. His work was meticulous. As a young lawyer, when he took on
a case you rarely heard from him or the client, as he just went about his
business. As the years went by Chuck continued to excel in his chosen field,
taking on a wider array of more complex cases, at arbitrations and at the
labour boards of both B.C. and Canada. First as a junior, then as the lead
lawyer, he worked on some of the biggest cases for B.C.’s largest employers:
airline, railway, forestry, energy and construction companies. Chuck represented
his clients with skill and efficiency. Moreover, he loved the occasional
bizarre case that occurs in the practice of all employment lawyers.
People do silly things at work and we get paid to deal with it. Chuck enjoyed
the variety of practice that labour and employment law provided.
Clients loved Chuck: he remained calm at all times, was thoroughly prepared
and was a great strategist. Adjudicators would often go out of their way
to tell others how great it was to have Chuck appear in front of them. In fact,
they repeated this so often that it made the listener think that the adjudicator
wished Chuck was there instead. Hearings with Chuck were a treat. His
good nature and excellent sense of humour diffused the most difficult situations.
Opposing counsel respected Chuck and trusted him completely.
A number of his long-term clients worked with Chuck for decades. They
truly loved working with him. One client noted, “His patience, humour, graciousness
and talent made him an absolute pleasure to work with and to
know as a friend. He will surely be missed.” Over and over, Chuck’s clients
recounted how much they respected and liked him and considered him as
not only their lawyer but also their friend.