Field Law
400 – 444 7 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8
Canada
www.fieldlaw.com

Contact: Erika Carrasco

Phone: 403 232 1781

Profile
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.

Our value advantage comes from a commitment to collaborating and partnering with our clients and networks to find creative and effective legal solutions.

Doing Business in Canada

Practice Areas
Aboriginal
Business
Collections, Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Construction
Directors & Officers
Education


Energy
Health
Human Rights
Insurance
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment


Litigation
Professional Regulatory
Real Estate
Title Insurance
Wills, Estates & Trusts

News

October 2022: Field Law (Canada: Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon) announced they were ranked by Chambers and Partners for Canada 2023 in Band 3 in Employment + Labour for Alberta, with three ranked lawyers in Band 4 (Frank Molnar, KCKelly Nicholson and Steve Eichler). They were also ranked in Band 3 in General Business Law for Northern Canada and the Arctic, with Ayanna Ferdinand Catlyn as a ranked lawyer in Band 2. The firm also announced new lawyers. Regan Christensen recently joined the Calgary office. Regan was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016 and focuses on business litigation, debt collection, and alternative dispute resolution. Regan is a skilled negotiator and courtroom advocate who has successfully represented clients ranging from major financial institutions to small and medium-sized businesses in both trial and appellate court. Before relocating to Alberta, he spent six years as a lawyer in Ontario. Mark Hein joins as a lawyer in the Calgary office with a focus on general civil litigation, insurance defense (personal injury, property damage, occupier’s liability, product liability, and construction), commercial litigation, and employment litigation. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 2018.

July 2022: Field Law (Alberta) announced three new lawyers. Vivian Stevenson, QC recently joined the Edmonton office. Vivian was called to the Alberta Bar in 1990 and has since practiced in the area of civil litigation. Vivian represents clients in commercial disputes involving product liability, partnership and shareholder disputes and provides governance advice and guidance to not-for-profit organizations. Cory Dawson also joined the Edmonton office practicing in wills, estates and trusts, real estate, and family contracts including pre-nuptial, cohabitation, and separation agreements. In the Calgary office, Stefanie Kingsbury has joined as a lawyer practicing in insurance and general litigation.

May 2022: Field Law (Alberta) announced their newest lawyer, Royce Henning. Royce has joined the Calgary office, where he maintains a general civil litigation and insurance defense litigation practice with particular interests in personal injury, motor vehicle claims, condominium disputes, and professional liability. Katrina Haymond has been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC). The QC designation is awarded to lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the legal profession or public life in the province, as determined by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Katrina was called to the Alberta Bar in 1998 and practices in the area of administrative law, including professional regulation, privacy, policing, and labour and employment. She has presented at numerous workshops and seminars on topics of interest to clients, and has authored a number of resources to assist clients in fulfilling their statutory mandate. Katrina is committed to mentoring junior lawyers, and currently serves on the Policy Committee for the Canadian Bar Association.

January 2022: Field Law (Alberta) shared the news that SCG’s Team Canada member firms Clark Wilson LLP (BC), Field Law (Alberta), Taylor McCaffrey LLP (Manitoba) and WeirFoulds LLP (Ontario) are all listed in the Globe + Mail’s list of Canada’s Best Law Firms 2022. Two hundred firms were selected based on recommendations made by lawyers and clients in 28 different fields of law. Approximately 20,000 lawyers and in-house lawyers/legal executives working in legal departments across Canada were invited to participate in the survey.

November 2021: Field Law (Alberta) had 23 lawyers called to the Northern Bars and are proud to continue to strengthen their Northern practice with the recent admissions of Brian Filips to the Yukon Bar and Peter Gibson to the Nunavut Bar. With these new admissions, Field Law can proudly serve northern residents in the areas of: Commercial General Liability (CGL) claims, Motor Vehicle Accident claims, Claims Against Governments and Public Authorities, Construction claims, Fire Losses, Medical malpractice, Industrial losses, Environmental claims, Personal Injury claims, Defamation claims, Occupier Liability Claims, and First Party Claims and issues arising from coverage. Field Law congratulates Rami Pandher, the recipient of the 2021 Wolfe Goodman Award for his article “Practitioners Beware: Equitable Remedies Are Limited (But the Door Has Not Closed),” co-authored by Channing Brown and published in the Estates Trusts and Pensions Journal. Lee Carter join the firm in the Calgary office. Lee’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, litigation, and dispute resolution. Field launched its ninth annual Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program), which will distribute $75,000 in funding between Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Since its inception in 2013, the Program has donated $610,000 to 105 organizations across Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The Program holds a great deal of significance for Field Law, and for more than 100 years the firm has committed itself to building enduring relationships that extend beyond its clients to the communities they operate in. Field Law has been Named as a Recipient of the 5-Star Insurance Law Firm Award. Thirty-eight lawyers have been recognized in Best Lawyers™ Canada 2022 in their respective practice areas, and four lawyers named “Lawyer of the Year.” The firm is happy to introduce Sarah Denholm and welcome back Renée Gilead. Sarah has joined the Edmonton office, focusing on civil litigation for individual and corporate clients. In her practice, Sarah has been involved in various disputes, including managing and assisting with claims for shareholder oppression, professional negligence, insurance coverage, breach of contract, builders’ lien claims, and estate disputes.

June 2021: Field Law (Alberta, Canada) welcomed Brandon Harrison to the firm. Brandon will be joining the Insurance and Litigation group with a focus on insurance defense. His additional experience in contractual disputes and strata property law matters gives him a well-rounded approach to insurance litigation issues. Jonathon Austin and Amanda Baker also joined the firm. Both Jonathon and Amanda will be part of the Insurance and Litigation group, focusing on insurance defense. Field Law also welcomed Brent Boisvert to the firm. Brent slowed down his law practice to focus on his entrepreneurial ventures, including co-founding the cannabis retail chain, Seed & Stone (which he sold to Canopy Growth in 2018) and Vantage Hemp Co., a CBD extraction company. Finally, the firm announced the publication of “The Canadian Treatment of Construction and Builders’ Liens on Crown Lands”, written by Anthony Burden. This unique book is an important new resource for lawyers practicing in construction law, particularly for construction occurring on provincially funded projects. For more information please click here.

March 2021: Field Law (Alberta, Canada) welcomed Anthony Burden, Jason Kully, Lisa Statt Foy, Britt Tetz and Matthew Turzansky as partners of the firm. The addition of five lawyers to the partnership reflects the firm’s resilience and growth in 2020, and its continued expansion and diversification in key service areas in 2021. Anthony Burden’s practice focuses on the areas of insurance, construction and general litigation. Jason Kully serves as a legal advisor for a variety of professional regulatory organizations across many different professions and helps clients navigate legal issues in several areas, including health care, legal, real estate, engineering and geoscience, in matters involving governance, conduct and discipline, policies and procedure, privacy, registration, and unauthorized practice. Lisa Statt Foy is qualified to file and prosecute trademark applications in both Canada and the United States, and her clients frequently have cross-border interests and issues, including internet-based businesses, online retailers and brand owners with global interests. Britt Tetz’s practice emphasizes in corporate, commercial and real estate law. Matthew Turzansky provides legal services in general litigation, wills and estates, construction law, pension law and administration to clients across Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Also, Field Law announced it’s part of the Unmanned Systems Canada (USC-STC) association. Partner Erika Carrasco who leads the Emerging Technology team at Field, is now a part of their new leadership team to lead in this era of opportunity. She is one of few lawyers in Canada with a focus and experience in emerging technology, and as a result of her unique experience and focus, Erika is sought after by the media and various industries to provide insight into emerging technology law provincially, nationally and in the US.

December 2020: Field Law (Alberta, Canada) expanded their Business Law group by welcoming three lawyers to the firm, Niall BurkeDeirdre Lanigan and Dunni Shopido. Niall is a real estate lawyer focusing on all aspects of business purchases and sales, commercial, retail and residential purchases and sales, leasing, securities and business structuring. Deirdre’s practice focuses on transactions and securities with previous experience in corporate litigation and employment issues. Dunni’s practice also focuses on securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, the firm is expanding its Insurance and Dispute Resolution group by welcoming William McClary to the Firm. William is an insurance litigator who strategically guides and counsels clients through complex litigation. Field Law published The Annotated Health Professions Act written by James Casey, QC, Katrina Haymond, Greg Sim and Jason Kully. The book is available from Thomson Reuters and can be purchased by clicking here.

October 2020: Field Law (Alberta, Canada) has strengthened its corporate, commercial and securities capabilities with the addition of Sean MacLachlan in Calgary. By partnering with business leaders and peers, Sean helps business owners with the growth and success of their business ambitions. From seed-funding to public market capital, private and public M+A and commercial development, business owners and management teams trust Sean as their business advisor and advocate. Also, Field Law has announced the winners of its eighth annual Field Law Community Fund Program. This year we received 111 applications, the second-highest number of applications since the Program’s inception.

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.