Field Law, named one of Western and Northern Canada’s top law firms, has more than 120 lawyers working together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, Northern Aboriginal, labour and employment, insurance, occupational health and safety, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions.
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July 2020: Field Law has launched its eighth annual Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program allows for local individuals, groups or organizations (registered and non-registered), to apply for funding to support pay-it-forward initiatives. Over the last seven years the Program has awarded funds to support 96 organizations and charitable initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. With $550,000 donated in support of these local charities to date, we are excited to award $60,000 in 2020!
April 2020: Field Law welcomes Lyndon Thiessen and Barry McGuire to the firm as counsel. Lyndon’s practice focuses on corporate structure and shareholder agreements, business purchase and sale transactions, strategic tax planning, and corporate restructuring. Barry’s practice is focused strictly on real estate, assisting both commercial and individuals in purchasing property. Barry also works with investors looking to purchase rental properties. Field Law is also proud to announce four of our partners have been appointed Queen’s Counsel, Derek Cranna, J. Mark Jackson, Christine Pratt and Sharon Stefanyk.
March 2020: Appearing before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Erin Berney of Alberta member firm Field Law secured a decision that has the potential to affect condominium boards across Canada. In Condominium Corporation No 042 5177 v Kuzio, the Court ruled that condominium boards in Alberta have legal authority to adopt bylaws that prohibit, restrict or regulate the operation of units as short-term Airbnb-style rentals. Condominium corporations whose bylaws include commercial prohibitions or requirements for single-family, residential use of the units will also likely be able to rely on those provisions to restrict short-term rentals of their properties. The Court of Queen’s Bench is the superior trial court for the province, hearing trials in civil and criminal matters and appeals from decisions of the provincial court.
February 2020: Jason Harley and Alisha Hurley have joined Alberta member firm Field Law as associates. Mr. Hurley previously served 17 years as an Edmonton police officer. He will focus his practice on professional regulation and labor and employment. Ms. Hurley has over 15 years’ experience in professional regulatory work, as well as general litigation with a focus on commercial matters.
January 2020: Trevor Batty, Jennifer Marshall, Scott Matheson and Marc Yu have been named partners in Alberta member firm Field Law. Mr. Batty is a member of the firm’s collections, bankruptcy and insolvency practice, advising clients on the complexities of insolvency and restructuring processes. Ms. Marshall is a corporate, commercial, and securities lawyer, helping clients navigate complex legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and reorganizations. A litigator, Mr. Scott helps his clients secure practical solutions to prevent and mitigate future issues. Finally, Mr. Yu focuses his practice on health and privacy matters, including medical malpractice defense.
December 2019: Jenny Reddy, Farhana Nurani, Jason Wolcott, and Miranda Sinclair have joined Alberta member firm Field Law. Ms. Reddy and Ms. Nurani are both located in Edmonton, with Ms. Reddy joining the firm’s real estate team, and Ms. Nurani joining its wills and estates team. Mr. Wolcott has joined the firm’s insurance team in Calgary, and Ms. Sinclair will join the firm’s labor and employment group in Calgary. Ms. Wolcott practices in the area of business law, focusing on commercial real estate and financing. Ms. Nurani will be working in residential and commercial real estate, wills, estate administration and litigation, as well as corporate law and commercial finance. Mr. Wolcott is a civil litigator focused on defending insured parties involved in damage claims in Alberta, including complex and high-exposure claims. Finally, Ms. Sinclair will focus her practice on labor and employment and immigration, representing businesses and individuals in both U.S. and Canadian immigration matters.
November 2019: Alberta member firm Field Law will be presented with the Law Firm Award at the 2019 Women in Law Leadership Awards. The Law Firm Award is presented by the Counsel Network and the Association of Women Lawyers to an Alberta firm that best demonstrates leadership in fostering an inclusive environment for female lawyers. The firm’s commitment to and recognition of the importance of gender diversity has led to its adopting progressive policies relating to maternity leave, parental leave, flexible work arrangements, alternative career paths, and equality and diversity. Notably, it has a 40/60 ratio of female to male lawyers, and a 55/45 female to male ratio among its associate lawyers. The award will be conferred at a banquet to be held at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary later this month.
October 2019: Thirty-four lawyers at Alberta member firm Field Law have been listed in the 14th edition of Best Lawyers in Canada®. J. Mark Jackson was named “Lawyer of the Year” (medical negligence) in Edmonton and Michael Casey, QC was named “Lawyer of the Year” (insurance law) in Calgary. Among the 34 listed, four are being recognized for the 14th consecutive year, with nine making their debut on the list. The firm has also been ranked in the Chambers Canada 2020 guide in the areas of corporate and commercial law, employment and labor, and general business law. Additionally, Cameron Hughes has been ranked for energy; Frank Molnar, QC, for employment and labor; and Jack Williams, for general business law.
September 2019: Anne Rupcich, Aimee Youm, Erin Berney, and Matt Trotta have joined Alberta member firm Field Law. Ms. Rupcich and Ms. Youm both join as members of the insurance team in the firm’s Calgary office, where they will practice in the areas of insurance defense and general litigation. Mr. Trotta joins the business team in the Calgary office, where he will focus his practice on wills, estates and trusts and tax matters. Ms. Berney will join the firm’s litigation team in its Edmonton office. She focuses her practice on residential and commercial condominium matters, from traditional, bare land and phased-style development, to “barely blended,” duplex, mixed-use, and rural developments, including foreign ownership requirements.
August 2019: Jeremiah Kowalchuk has been named managing partner of Alberta member firm Field Law for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2019. Mr. Kowalchuk is an experienced litigator, having represented medium-to-large companies as well as owners, contractors, and engineers before all courts in Alberta and in the Federal Court. He formerly chaired the firm’s litigation practice group and has served on the firm’s executive committee for the past two years. He received his LL.B. from the University of Alberta.
June 2019: Kevin Feth, Q.C., a former partner in Alberta member firm Field Law’s Edmonton office, has been appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. A graduate of the University of Alberta Law School, Justice Feth practiced primarily in the areas of education law, employment and labor, human rights, administrative law, commercial and constitutional litigation, and Aboriginal law. He is recognized by Benchmark Litigation: Canada as a peer-reviewed “litigation star” in labor and employment and by Best Lawyers® in Canada as a recommended lawyer in education law. Justice Feth this year received the Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Legal Profession from the Law Society of Alberta and the Alberta branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
April 2019: Rob Rakochey has joined Alberta member firm Field Law on its litigation team in the firm’s Calgary office. Mr. Rakochey works with clients to mitigate and avoid risks associated with their business activities. He also advises developers, contractors, insurance companies, major financial institutions and captive lenders on such issues as construction, employment, occupational health and safety, contractual and commercial claims, insurance, shareholder disputes, and oil and gas. He received his LL.B. from the University of Alberta.
March 2019: Cameron Hughes has joined Alberta member firm Field Law as the firm’s energy group leader. With more than 20 years of experience working in the energy industry in Alberta, Hr. Hughes’ practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, energy infrastructure, project finance and development, and joint ventures in the oil and gas and power sectors. He advises clients with respect to upstream, midstream and downstream matters, over-the-counter commodity trading, cross-border trading, energy derivatives, risk management, asset and payment securitization and credit issues. Additionally, Jill Bishop and Urvil Thakor have joined the firm in its Calgary office. Both practice in the areas of insurance defense, general litigation and estate litigation. Angela Beierbach and Orlagh O’Kelly have joined the firm in its Edmonton office. Ms. Beierbach has experience in a wide range of litigation matters. She also handles wills and estate matters. With eight years’ experience as a Crown Lawyer with the federal Department of Justice, Ms. O’Kelly has handled cases involving constitutional challenges to legislation, as well as judicial reviews of government decisions.
December 2018: Rob Worthington, J.R. MacDonald, Saul Abrams, Rami Pandher and Chris Johnston have joinded Alberta member firm Field Law to provide domestic and cross-border tax advisory services to the firm’s clients. Collectively, their experience includes working with public and private corporations, charitable organizations and individuals to plan and implement domestic, cross-border and international tax strategies. Also at Field Law, A. Danielle Bourgeois has received a Lexpert® Rising Stars Award. Ms. Bourgeois focuses her practice on civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, debt collection, insurance defense, personal injury, fraud, shareholder disputes, residential construction, foreclosure, judgment recovery, and commercial and residential leases. She also handles regulatory matters under Canada’s Public Health Act.
September 2018: Alberta member firm Field Law has expanded its blog to become a portal providing the firm’s clients added information on topics related to wills and estates, construction, commercial litigation and insurance. Plans are also under way for its privacy and craft-brewing lawyers to become contributors to the site. The blog includes insights and updates from the firm’s lawyers designed to increase awareness of key issues in the business and personal lives of clients, potential clients and referral partners. To visit the blog, click here.
August 2018: Alberta member firm Field Law last month awarded $75,000 to organizations and charitable initiatives throughout the province and the Northwest Territories as part of its Community Fund Program. Established in 2012, the firm created the program as a means to amplify and strengthen its charitable giving. Over the past six years, it has awarded $475,000 to over 80 organizations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Its related online voting campaign generates favorable publicity for both program participants and the firm, while client involvement with the judging panel helps cultivate stronger community ties. Some of this year’s winning ideas included a summer soccer camp for underserved kids, a community kitchen for those living in poverty, a school gardening program, and a workshop to train volunteers to teach English to newcomers.
November 2017: Sandra Corbett, QC, of Alberta member firm Field Law has been presented the 2017 Women in Law Leadership Award in the area of leadership in the profession. The award recognizes lawyers in private practice who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and a commitment to being a positive role model for other lawyers. The honor was conferred at the 7th annual WILL award dinner, which was held November 9, 2017, in Calgary.
March 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump’s far-reaching executive order imposing new bans on refugees and some legal immigrants has not only sown considerable confusion but also among individuals and businesses around the world generated considerable interest in immigration options to Canada. To help its fellow member firms advise their clients, both individual and corporate, Alberta member firm Field Law has prepared “Canada Welcomes You,” which was written by Vance Langford and Jenna Kirk, both of whom are members of the firm’s business immigration group. With over 15 years’ experience working with Canadian and international clients, Mr. Langford has extensive knowledge of the Canadian temporary foreign worker program, employer compliance and strategies for obtaining permanent residence and citizenship in Canada. He received his legal education at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Kirk has assisted individuals and employers with applications for admission to Canada as temporary residents and foreign workers, and with applications for permanent residence and citizenship. She also has experience with U.S. visa applications, waivers and NEXUS applications, as well as Canadian record suspension applications, applications based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and residency appeals. She received her J.D. from the University of Calgary.