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August 24, 2015
Field Law Recognized by Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers and Lexpert Rankings
Regional firm earns inclusion in Chambers Canada directory

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce their recent inclusion in the following national rankings: Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada© and The Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory.
For the first time, Field Law was listed in Chambers Canada 2016 as a “Highly Regarded Corporate/Commercial” firm. Chambers Canada is one of the world’s most trusted and prestigious stand-alone guides to the leading lawyers and law firms in Canada. Rankings are based on a comprehensive submission process and the in-depth assessment of a variety of practice areas and legal services.

A record 22 lawyers from the firm were also selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada© 2016. They were recognized for a total of 34 rankings in 18 distinct areas. Two new lawyers from Field Law were added to the list this year and another three practitioners increased their ranked areas of recognition.

A respected peer review publication in the legal profession, Best Lawyers® was established in 1983 and is based on an
exhaustive annual peer review survey in which almost 3,700 leading Canadian lawyers cast nearly 460,000 votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. In addition to the peer-selection process, lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

The following Field Law practitioners from the firm’s operational regions received the accolade:

Calgary, Alberta:
Roy Boettger, QC – Trusts and Estates
Michael Casey, QC – Insurance Law
Dan Downe, QC – Insurance Law
Neil Kathol – Intellectual Property Law
Frank Molnar, QC – Labour and Employment Law
Farha Salim – Trusts and Estates
Doreen Saunderson – Insurance Law
Jean van der Lee, QC – Construction Law

Edmonton, Alberta:
Dan Carroll, LLM, QC – Construction Law, Insurance Law
James Casey, QC – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment Law
Jonathan Faulds, QC – Aboriginal Law, Class Action Litigation
Kevin Feth, QC – Education Law
Jay Guthrie, QC – Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation
Don Neeland, QC – Corporate Law
Jennifer Oakes, QC – Real Estate Law
Rick Pabst – Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
Mark Raven-Jackson – Medical Negligence
Sharon Stefanyk – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation
Bob Teskey, QC – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Brent Windwick, QC – Personal Injury Litigation
Brian Vail, QC – Insurance Law
Scott Watson, QC – Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Project Finance Law, Securities Law

Best Lawyers® also pays tribute to noteworthy litigators in various areas of practice, naming a “Lawyer of the Year” for each background area. The lawyers from Field Law who were acknowledged as such are as follows:

Don Neeland, QC – Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Edmonton for 2016
Bob Teskey, QC – Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Edmonton for 2016

Each year, Lexpert™, Canada’s leading source of news and information about the business of law, publishes The Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, the product of an extensive peer survey process offering a comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada and profiling leading practitioners and firms. Field Law was named the 29th largest law firm in Canada and the 7th largest law firm in Calgary and Edmonton in the 2015 Canadian Lexpert™ Directory. The directory also included 11 Field Law practitioners in its Leading Lawyers Directory Ranking, two more than in 2014.

The following lawyers from Field Law were recognized in the Leading Lawyers Directory:

Calgary, Alberta:
Roy Boettger, QC
Dan Downe, QC
Jean van der Lee, QC

Edmonton, Alberta:
James Casey, QC
Dale Cunningham
Jay Guthrie, QC
Donald (Dino) McLaughlin
Rick Pabst
Mark Raven-Jackson
Scott Watson, QC
Brent Windwick, QC

Field Law also maintained its 2014 status as a Lexpert™-ranked firm in the following practice areas:

Leading Firms – Mid-sized & Smaller:
Calgary, Repeatedly Recommended , Construction Law
Edmonton, Consistently Recommended, Medical Negligence – Represent Defendants
Edmonton, Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development

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July 31, 2015
Field Law Community Fund Program Awards $40,000 to Northern Alberta Winners
Regional law firm donates funds to local Northern Alberta community initiatives for third year

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is proud to be celebrating its 100 year anniversary by donating $100,000 to initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories via the annual Field Law Community Fund Program. Now in its third year, the Program, which supports local community projects and initiatives, received a record number of 105 applications, 41 of which came from the Northern Alberta market. Field Law granted two grand prize awards and four additional awards in the Northern Alberta area, providing a total of $40,000 to help launch or grow each local project. The selection process for this year’s winners included a combination of online public voting and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law representatives, as well as invested clients and community members. The online voting portion of the selection allowed the public to share their thoughts on which projects they felt most deserved funding in their community, which in turn gave the panelists a clear idea of which projects resonated the most with members of the community so that they could factor those opinions into the final decision-making along with additional criteria. Field Law’s preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

“Having a meaningful presence in the community has been a priority for Field Law for the last 100 years and that remains a significant part of our corporate culture to this day,” said James Casey, Firm Managing Partner, Field Law. “The Community Fund Program is just one of the ways we are able to celebrate the bond we have with the communities in which we operate and we are pleased to be supporting a number of deserving causes in the Edmonton area this year. We saw an overwhelming amount of public participation through the application and voting processes and are very pleased with the results the Program saw in 2015.”

Field Law congratulates the following prize winners of the 2015 Community Fund Program:

You Can Ride 2 ($15,000 recipient) – Grand Prize Winner

You Can Ride 2 (YCR2): Borrow-a-bike is an adapted bicycle loan pool which provides bikes on loan to children whose special needs make it challenging for them to ride a two-wheel bicycle. YCR2’s goal is to help communities across the province offer similar services that will provide children with the freedom to ride with their families. Funds will go towards automating their program.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Alleviation of Poverty ($10,000 recipient) – Grand Prize Winner

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Alleviation of Poverty (Edmonton Particular Council) is a social justice organization that serves the disadvantaged in the Capital Region of Alberta by offering short term relief and a ‘hand up’ towards a better life. The Society also distributes furniture, household goods, clothing, food hampers and other donated goods to the underprivileged in Edmonton. Funds will go towards repairs for their three delivery trucks.

ED-ucate ($5,000 recipient)

ED-ucate is a one-day symposium held in Edmonton as part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week to educate professionals, families, community members and others about eating disorders (ED). Professionals with extensive backgrounds in eating disorders hold a series of sessions aimed at improving understanding of these complex illnesses and reshaping the misconceptions, misinformation, shame and stigmas surrounding them.

Parkland County ($5,000 recipient)

Parkland County is spearheading a campaign to install inclusive playground equipment to allow children in this rural county to better access community play areas. Safe and appropriate equipment, including accessible swings and wheelchair friendly access mats, will be added to four Parkland County community parks in an effort to create empathy and understanding towards disabilities among children and parents alike.

Linking Generations ($5,000 recipient)

Linking Generations is an intergenerational program that encourages “bridging the gap” between seniors and youth, bringing generations together so they can learn from each other and share life experiences. The program encourages volunteering and social responsibility in youth by matching students and seniors for weekly visits that foster community connectedness and social responsibility.

Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace ($5,000 recipient)

The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace youth conferences are annual gatherings organized for high school students to introduce and make relevant Gandhi’s vision of non-violence (ahimsa), personal responsibility, dedication to community, and stewardship of the environment. The Foundation has recently begun to expand the program to include conferences for junior high and elementary aged school children as well.

In addition to the $40,000 distributed in 2015 in the Northern Alberta market, Field Law distributed an additional $40,000 and $20,000 in the Southern Alberta and Northwest Territories markets, respectively. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and the Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative. In the Program’s three years, $250,000 has been awarded to 42 community ideas and organizations engaging about 70,000 online voters. To learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

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July 23, 2015
Field Law Community Fund Program Awards $20,000 to 2015 Winners
Regional law firm donates funds to local Northwest Territories community initiatives for third year

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is proud to be celebrating its 100 year anniversary by granting $100,000 to initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories via the annual Field Law Community Fund Program. Now in its third year, the Program, which supports local community projects and initiatives, received a record number of 105 applications, 7 of which came from the Northwest Territories market. Field Law granted 2 grand prize awards and 2 additional awards in the Northwest Territories area, providing a total of $20,000 to help launch or grow each local project. The selection process for this year’s winners included a combination of online public voting and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law representatives, as well as invested clients and community members. The online voting portion of the Program allowed the public to share their thoughts on which projects they felt most deserved funding in their community. Votes provided panelists a clear idea of which projects resonated with members of the community and factored into the final decision-making along with additional criteria. Field Law’s preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

“We are so pleased to be giving back to the Yellowknife community through the Community Fund Program for the third consecutive year,” said Jack Williams, Partner at the Yellowknife office. “Field Law’s 100th anniversary marks an important milestone for us and it is a privilege to be sharing it with deserving community projects through this year’s awarding of $100,000. We look forward to watching these pay-it-forward programs flourish in the years to come.”

Field Law congratulates the following prize winners of the 2015 Community Fund Program:

Y Mentors! ($3,000 recipient)

This Y Mentors! program focuses on providing free leadership and empowerment mentorship for at-risk girls while boosting their self-esteem by educating them on social justice issues, encouraging their involvement in local volunteer organizations and teaching them about the education and career opportunities available to them.

Camp Connections Cookhouse Renovation! ($4,000 recipient)

Camp Connections is an adventure camp for those who have been involved with Social Services in the Northwest Territories. The new cookhouse will act as a central gathering place and meal hall for staff and campers, as the camp itself continues to offer a place of safety, consistency and empowerment for over 100 children each summer.

The Art of Healing ($5,000 recipient)

The Art of Healing is a psychological support program for female cancer survivors and caregivers in the Northwest Territories, offering support for dealing with the impacts of cancer while allowing participants to develop valuable personal support networks.

Young Leaders’ Summit on Northern Climate Change ($8,000 recipient)

The Young Leaders’ Summit will be holding their third summit on northern climate change this August. The summit will combat environmental and socio-economic challenges to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the Canadian north.

In addition to the $20,000 distributed in 2015 in the Northwest Territories market, Field Law also distributed $40,000 each to the Southern Alberta and Northern Alberta markets. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and the Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative. To learn more about the program and the 2015 winners, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

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July 6, 2015
Field Law Community Fund Program Awards $40,000 to Southern Alberta Winners

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is proud to be celebrating its 100 year anniversary by granting $100,000 to initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories via the annual Field Law Community Fund Program. Now in its third year, the Program, which supports local community projects and initiatives, received a record number of 105 applications, 57 of which came from the Southern Alberta market. Field Law granted 2 grand prize awards and 4 additional awards in the Southern Alberta area, providing a total of $40,000 to help launch or grow each local project.

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is proud to be celebrating its 100 year anniversary by granting $100,000 to initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories via the annual Field Law Community Fund Program. Now in its third year, the Program, which supports local community projects and initiatives, received a record number of 105 applications, 57 of which came from the Southern Alberta market. Field Law granted 2 grand prize awards and 4 additional awards in the Southern Alberta area, providing a total of $40,000 to help launch or grow each local project.

The selection process for this year’s winners included a combination of online public voting and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law representatives, as well as interested clients and community members. The online voting portion of the Program allowed the public to share their thoughts on which projects they felt most deserved funding in their community. Votes provided panelists a clear idea of which projects resonated with members of the community and factored into the final decision-making along with additional criteria. Field Law’s preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

“It is a privilege to be sharing the achievement of Field Law’s 100 year anniversary with the community through this year’s awarding of $100,000,” said Doreen Saunderson, Executive Committee Member in the Calgary office. “The Community Fund Program is close to our hearts and it’s always inspiring to see the enthusiasm with which the community participates in both the application and voting processes. We saw a number of worthy groups request funding in 2015 and we are thrilled to be paying-it-forward to causes that will positively impact our communities and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Field Law congratulates the following prize winners of the 2015 Community Fund Program:

Between Friends ($5,000 recipient)
The Between Friends Volunteer in Training program was developed for participants with disabilities. This program empowers participants living with a disability to gain independence and self-confidence while growing as leaders.

Dare to Dream ($5,000 recipient)
Dare to Dream is a justice education and outreach program for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit youth aged 11 to 14. They support Aboriginal communities by encouraging and inspiring Aboriginal youth to become leaders and role models.

Girl Power Summer Camp ($5,000 recipient)
The Women’s Centre will offer Girl Power Camps this summer to mentor girls ages 10 to 12 and promote basic values of equality, self-determination and empowerment.

Healthier Families – Healthier Lives ($5,000 recipient)
The Ronald McDonald House program will focus on providing coping mechanisms for parents with sick children.
Personal trainer led boot camp classes will allow for a healthy release of energy to relieve frustration and help parents cope with the daily stress of having a child in hospital receiving long-term care.

CANNONBALL! ($10,000 recipient)
The Cannonball Program offers professional mentorship for youth playwrights to collaboratively write the 2015 full-length mainstage production - Atlantis. The program also includes a festival of youth-written, directed, and performed work.

Disaster Preparedness ($10,000 recipient)
During the 2013 floods, the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society stepped up to save hundreds of animals affected by the devastating floods in Southern Alberta. AARCS will continue to develop their program so that they can be ready to assist in any emergency situation.

In addition to the $40,000 distributed in the Southern Alberta market for the 2015 Community Fund Program, Field Law will also distribute an additional $40,000 and $20,000 in the Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories markets, respectively. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and the Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative. To learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

As part of Field Law’s continued commitment to its communities, the firm also presented a commitment of $50,000 to the RESOLVE campaign at its annual Stampede event. RESOLVE is a unique collaboration of nine partner agencies raising $120 million to build affordable and supported rental housing for 3,000 vulnerable and homeless Calgarians. Field’s contribution to the campaign will be directed towards Horizon Housing Society, a not for profit organization that provides affordable, integrated and supported homes to over 700 individuals in the city of Calgary. For more information, please visit www.resolvecampaign.com.

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May 20, 2015
Field Law Community Fund Program Seeks Community Input to Select Program Finalists
Regional law firm opens voting phase to public with $100,000 available for distribution in celebration of firm's 100th year anniversary

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, requests the community’s input in helping determine what community causes or ideas should be awarded funds through the Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program, which launched the online voting phase, has received more than 100 applications, a new record for the fund granting program which supports local pay-it-forward ideas and causes within the communities. In celebration of Field Law’s 100th anniversary, The Program will donate $100,000 across all three regions in 2015: a $25,000 increase over the first two years of the Program. Through a combination of community online voting and deliberation by a local judging panel, finalists will be announced and a total of $100,000 will be allocated amongst the three markets: Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta and Northwest Territories. The voting process allows the public to have a say in what projects are needed most in their communities.

“We’ve been a part of these communities for 100 years,” says Jim Casey, Managing Partner at Field. “We value the community’s input in helping us make the best decision on the use of funds and how we can better aid our fellow community members long-term.”

With the additional funds available for distribution this year, Field Law is eager for the Program to achieve even greater success and make a deep and lasting impact in the community.

Field Law is deeply invested in the communities they serve. Their preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports, or arts and culture.

The Community Fund Program has been launched firm-wide at all three of Field’s offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife. To view the applicants and share your vote, visit fieldlawcommunityfund.com by June 18, 2015.

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April 28, 2015
Vance Langford Joins the Board of Directors of the United Way of Calgary and Area

Partner Vance Langford joined the Board of Directors of the United Way of Calgary and Area at the AGM on Monday, April 27, 2015. Vance has been a volunteer with the United Way of Calgary and Area since 2007 on its Investment Committees, Campaign Cabinet and Public Policy Committee. He looks forward to continued service and building a great city for all.

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April 7, 2015
Field Law Launches Third Year of Community Fund Program with Additional Funding in Celebration of 100th Anniversary

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program supports local pay-it-forward ideas and causes within the communities Field Law serves. In celebration of Field Law’s 100th anniversary, $100,000 will be donated across all three regions in 2015: a $25,000 increase over the first two years of the Program. The Field Law Community Fund Program provides an interactive avenue for communication with the community to determine where they would like to see funds distributed. Local individuals, initiatives and causes can apply for funding over the course of five weeks. Then, through a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a Community Market Judging Panel, finalists are chosen. Each winner will receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award for their Community Market. Funds will be allocated in varying amounts to each market, with the maximum award set at $40,000 each for the Northern and Southern Alberta markets, and $20,000 for the Northwest Territories market.

With additional funds available for distribution this year, Field Law is eager for the Program to achieve even greater success and make a deep and lasting impact in the community. In 2014, 11 deserving community initiatives across all three regions received funding. Recipients ranged from organizations helping those with depression to community gardens to female empowerment programs.

“2015 marks our 100th anniversary and we couldn’t be more excited to use this opportunity to give back to our communities,” says Jim Casey, Managing Partner, Field Law. “After seeing the success of the program during its first two years, we feel like we have strengthened connections with our communities that will take the third year of the program to new heights.”

Field Law is deeply invested in the communities they serve. Their preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports, or arts and culture.

“The Community Fund Program offers Field Law the unique opportunity to connect with our communities at a very grassroots level of engagement,” says Doreen Saunderson, Partner, Field Law. “Hearing about the impact the program has had in the Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife communities over the past two years is both humbling and exciting. We look forward to seeing the creativity and compassion behind this year’s submissions.”

The 2015 Community Fund Program opens for applications today. 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 May 11, 2015. To indicate interest in participating on the Community Market Judging Panel, please contact Stephanie Quaife at squaife@fieldlaw.com by June 1, 2015.

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program Website

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