Profile – Catalina Rodriguez

Catalina Rodriguez

Employment Lawyer & Workplace Investigator

Law SchoolUniversity of British Columbia and Universidad de Los Andes
HometownBogota, Colombia and White Rock, B.C.
When not at work
I am
Playing hangman with my daughter, walking the Maltipoo, running, reading, working out at home and hoping Covid lets me go back to a gym soon.
CertificationsCPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) COC (Certified Organizational Coach)
AwardsNone since Law school, when in first year I received the Outstanding Service award from the Law Students Legal Advice program.
LanguagesSpanish, English and conversational rusty French
Ice Cream FlavourChocolate + Limoncello on a waffle cone.
If I wasn’t a lawyer
I would be
A ballet dancer, a yogi, a writer, a neuroscientist, a biologist. Do I have to choose one?
Book RecommendationIn Search of Human Nature, Mary E Clark
Community WorkPast president of the Board of Directors of West Coast Leaf.

about Catalina

My clients are humans first and foremost, and their legal problems at work impact their health and their lives. I am passionate about service and bring a mindful approach to everything I do, personally and professionally.

I have been practicing employment and labour law in B.C. since 2006. My experience as a workplace lawyer has brought me many different opportunities.  I have worked in private practice with a large national firm representing companies, and with a small firm representing mostly employees. I have also been in-house counsel for employment matters for a large retailer.  Prior to joining Forte Law, I was head of employee relations for the Canada operations of a global bank. All of these experiences have given me a broad range of perspectives on important issues for all of us – our work and employment relationships.

I am a workplace investigator, with particular expertise in bullying, harassment and fraud issues. I have a passion for practical advise, and for dedicated client service.

Growing up in Bogota, Colombia, I attended Universidad de Los Andes Law School. Upon immigrating to Canada, and working in the legal field on various capacities, I went back to law school, this time at the University of British Columbia. I have a CPHR designation (Chartered Professional in Human Resources).

I am a facilitator and trainer on compliance topics as well as on leadership development, and more recently, on diversity and inclusion. I am trauma-informed, have a keen interest in non-violent communication, and I am a certified organizational coach. My young daughter and I live and play in beautiful South Surrey/White Rock in the vicinity of Forte Law.

meet Catalina

client reviews

Catalina’s energy and enthusiasm is a great addition to our team at Forte Law. She genuinely cares for her clients and everyone she deals with in her work as an investigator. Catalina is an action taker and gets things done!

Sara Forte