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March 6, 2014
Field Law Kicks Off Second Annual Community Fund Program
Regional law firm accepting new applications for program designed to grant funds to local community causes

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, has announced the commencement of the 2014 Field Law Community Fund Program. Now in its second year of activity, the Program supports local initiatives and causes within the communities Field Law serves The Field Law Community Fund Program received rave reviews from its inaugural program in 2013. This year the goal is to expand on last year’s success and develop the program further. The program provides $75,000 annually to local individuals, projects and/or organizations, offering an interactive method of engagement with the communities that Field serves.

The Field Law Community Fund Program involves the community by enabling local individuals, initiatives and causes to apply for funding. Through a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a local judging panel, finalists are chosen. Each winner will receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award for their community market, which could be $30,000.

“Field Law is strongly invested in the communities we serve,” says Jim Casey, Managing Partner. “We are humbled by the important work of the various groups and causes in these three markets and strive to play a small part in effecting positive change.”

Field Law has made corporate social responsibility a significant platform for their business. Their preferred causes (but not exclusive) are those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

“The Community Fund Program shows the compassionate side of our profession by engaging our clients and the community in our charitable giving,” says Doreen Saunderson, Calgary Managing Partner. “We were extremely proud of the efforts of everyone involved last year and are ready and eager to expand on opportunities to help.”

The 2014 Community Fund Program opens for applications on March 5th. To apply for the Field Law Community Fund Program and to learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com. Interested individuals and/or groups must have their online application submitted by April 17, 2014.

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program website

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March & April
Before You Hit "Send": Preparing Your Organization for CASL Compliance Before You Hit "Send": Preparing Your Organization for CASL Compliance
Are you compliant with Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL)?
Lawyers: Kelly Nicholson, Anne Côté, Melissa Timbres
Practice Areas: Privacy, Business

The Act, which comes into effect on July 1, 2014, will impact all businesses, organizations, and individuals that send commercial electronic messages. With significant fines, imminent class action suits, and active legal enforcement, education is key when it comes to protecting your business.

Join us for a discussion on:



  • What is CASL? To what sorts of messages and organizations does it apply?

  • Where does the legislation stand now?

  • Preparing your organization for CASL compliance – a checklist of points to keep in mind.

  • The three pillars of CASL compliance: consent, identification, and unsubscription requirements.

  • What are the exemptions, and what is the effect of the new regulations?

  • Breaking news in privacy case law

Related Link: For more information and to register click here

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January 13, 2014
Melissa Cook Joins Field Law
Lawyer: Melissa Cook
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate Finance and Securities

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce that Melissa Cook has joined the firm as an Associate in the Calgary Business Law group, effective January 13, 2014.

Melissa joins Field Law from a large, multi-national firm. Her focus is in securities law, particularly in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, continuous disclosure compliance, general securities and corporate law compliance. She has extensive experience in representing both private and publicly traded issuers, acting on behalf of underwriters and dealers in both private and public offerings of equity and debt, as well assisting clients with corporate and commercial matters, including but not limited to governance matters and assisting issuers in navigating continuous disclosure obligations.

“Field Law offers a strong variety of legal services, a client focused culture and has a firm foothold as a regional-sized law firm,” said Melissa. “I’m thrilled to be joining a supportive and collegial environment, expanding my corporate and commercial practice alongside well-regarded lawyers and sharing my expertise with my colleagues and our clients. Transactional work is a focal point in my practice and moving to Field was an important move for my career.”

“Our Business Law group sets a precedent within our region for their comprehensive expertise and capabilities,” said James Casey, Firm Managing Partner. “Melissa adds a new dimension to our team through her energy and background but more importantly our clients will benefit from her personal service and specialized area of focus.”
Melissa was called to the Bar in 2008. Before pursuing a career in law, Melissa worked for one of the largest Canadian banks for a period of four years.

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January 2013
Join us for Our Annual Year in Review Part One and Two Seminars
Lawyers: Laura Buckingham, Ayla Akgungor, Kelly Nicholson, Anne Côté, Steve Eichler, Derek Cranna, Christin Elawny, Geoffrey Hope, Vance Langford, Nancy Bains, Frank Molnar, Joël Michaud
Practice Areas: Labour and Employment, Privacy, Occupational Health and Safety, Immigration

Field Law is pleased to present our annual Year in Review seminars focusing on legal updates and practical challenges unique to the areas of: Labour Law, Employment, Human Rights, Immigration, Privacy and Occupational Health and Safety.

The seminars are split into Part One and Two sessions and run from January 15 – March 5. For seminar details and to register, click through to our seminar brochure.

Related Link: Year in Review Seminar Brochure

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January 1, 2014
New Partners in 2014
Lawyers: Erika Carrasco, Brian Futoransky, Farha Salim, Andrew Wilkinson

Field Law is pleased to announce the addition of four new partners effective January 1, 2014. Their commitment to client success and professional excellence reflect Field Law's values, and ensure a future that is rewarding for both our clients and the Firm. Congratulations to Erika Carrasco, Brian Futoransky, Farha Salim and Andrew Wilkinson.

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December 31, 2013
Congratulations Frank Molnar, MIR, QC and Sandra Corbett, QC
Lawyers: Frank Molnar, Sandra Corbett

Field Law is proud to announce that our own Frank Molnar and Sandra Corbett have been singled out for their achievements by appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

“The Queen’s Counsel designation recognizes the exceptional capabilities and talents of this year’s impressive group. These lawyers are a credit to their profession and to their province.” - Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Frank is a Calgary-based partner and the Chair of the Calgary Labour and Employment Group. His primary areas of practice are labour and employment and education law. Sandra is an Edmonton-based partner, whose litigation practice focuses on insurance, personal injury defense and product liability.

We consider it an honour and a privilege having Frank and Sandra as partners in the firm. Their hard work, dedication and expertise are a reminder to all of us of what can be achieved when we pursue excellence in our field.

Related Link: Government of Alberta Queen’s Counsel Announcement

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Nov 20, 2013
Field Law Welcomes Antony (Tony) Edwards as IP Partner
B.C. lawyer brings diverse experience to Field’s growing intellectual property department
Lawyer: Antony (Tony) Edwards
Practice Area: Intellectual Property and Technology

Field Law is pleased to announce Antony (Tony) Edwards joined the partnership, effective Nov. 1, 2013. Tony joins Field Law with more than 23 years of experience in intellectual property law, and has provided successful guidance through the intellectual property protection process to a diverse portfolio of clients. “Tony is a valuable addition to the Field Law team. He adds tremendous depth to our expanding team of Patent Agents, Patent Agent Trainees and patent lawyers,” said Neil Kathol, the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice group leader. “Our clients will benefit from Tony’s in-depth understanding of the protection processes required in a variety of industries, as well as the enforcement of the appropriate protection, whether patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design or trade secret.”

Tony earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia, and was called to the B.C. bar in 1990. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and B.C.

Prior to joining the Field Law team Tony was one of the founders of Horsepower IP, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Kelowna, B.C.

“I felt it was the right time in my career to make the move to a regional size law firm, where I could practice with the support of a team while still maintaining a personal connection with my clients,” says Tony. “With its growing IP department Field Law is a great fit for my practice and I look forward to sharing my expertise with Field Law clients.”
Prior to pursuing his legal training, Tony earned a degree in Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering at the University of Washington, and thereafter served for more than four years in the Canadian Air Force, developing and testing experimental aircraft systems. Tony’s science and engineering background gives him a technical and practical appreciation of the patent needs of his clients.

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November 8, 2013
Field Law Welcomes Prominent Calgary Mediation Practice
Respected founder and retired judge joins Field Law team as consultant
Lawyer: Ian MacDonald
Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to welcome Resolution Associates, a trusted and respected family mediation and arbitration practice based out of Calgary. Resolution Associates, founded by Judge Michael Porter (retired) in 1998, was created to provide alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a way to provide options to prevent litigation and to help clients achieve solutions quickly, affordably and amicably. He was seeking to retire and transfer his long-tenured business when Field Law negotiated an agreement to transition the business into Field Law’s current ADR group and over to Ian MacDonald, QC, C. Med., of Field Law.

Since his admission to the Alberta Bar, Ian has concentrated his practice in litigation and dispute resolution for both plaintiffs and defendants. Ian is recognized as a leader in the mediation and arbitration field and received his accreditation as a Chartered Mediator in 2001. In addition to conducting a busy mediation and arbitration practice, he continues to be involved in the training of individuals wishing to develop or improve their negotiation and dispute resolution skills.

In his practice as a negotiator, litigator and mediator, he explores avenues of common interests with a view to finding a workable resolution of civil disputes and business issues. Ian’s strength is getting to the heart of the issues quickly and finding effective solutions in a timely manner.

“We are honoured that Judge Porter selected us as his succession plan to his well-established ADR practice, and recognized our experience, professionalism and commitment to his current roster of clientele.” said MacDonald.

Judge Porter joins the Field Law team as a consultant to ensure a professional transition for current clients.

“It’s evident that Field Law is committed to the highest standards of professional excellence and client focused service,” said Judge Porter. “Their ADR group is growing and gaining more recognition daily, and I am confident our new combination can help foster the growth and expansion of their services.”

Field Law is proactive in finding the best fit alternatives to litigation. They offer a full range of alternatives to the traditional litigation process to allow clients the best opportunity to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently without unnecessary cost.

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November 4, 2013
Charlene Lipchen Joins Field Law
Lawyer: Charlene Lipchen
Practice Area: Intellectual Property and Technology

Field Law is pleased to announce that Charlene Lipchen has joined the Calgary office of Field Law as an Associate effective November 4, 2013. Charlene has a diverse litigation practice focused on intellectual property disputes and defending product liability and professional negligence claims. She has represented clients before the Federal Court, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Copyright Board and the Trade-mark Opposition Board. Charlene is a registered trade-mark agent and a welcomed addition to the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.

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