Field Law is pleased to welcome new associate Tim Bailey to the Intellectual Property and Technology group, effective September 2, 2014. Tim brings more than five years of experience from prominent Canadian law firms and extensive knowledge in the areas of intellectual property, in particular patents and trade-marks. Tim first began practicing law in Alberta, where he was called to the bar in 2009, and continued on to practice at a national firm in Toronto after being called to the bar in Ontario in 2011. Tim’s experience in patent law and ongoing research in various areas of intellectual property will serve to further strengthen the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Field Law.
“I am honoured to be joining such a well-established and respected law firm,” says Tim Bailey. “Field Law’s focus on excellent legal advice, client relations and community development is impressive and it is a privilege to be part of that. I am excited about the capabilities of this firm and I look forward to supporting my colleagues in my new position.”
A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, Tim also holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He has also authored a number of works for various legal publications.
“Tim’s work with numerous international patent offices in a variety of technical fields makes him an excellent fit for our Intellectual Property and Technology group,” says Tony Edwards, practice group leader at Field Law. “We look forward to having him join our team of talented lawyers and believe he will make a valuable addition to Field’s client oriented practice.
Sandra Corbett QC Presenting at CDL CICMA Joint Programme
Lawyer: Sandra Corbett
Partner Sandra Corbett QC, will be presenting on ‘Diminished Value” at the Canadian Defence Lawyers CICMA Joint Programme. The event will be held in Calgary, AB on October 16, 2014 from 2:00 - 5:00PM.
To learn more about the event and sign up online, visit the CDL CICMA Joint Programme webpage.
September 5, 2014
Field Law Welcomes Associate Jenna Kirk to its Business Immigration Practice Area and Labour & Employment Group
Lawyer: Jenna Kirk
Practice Areas: Business Immigration, Labour and Employment
Field Law is pleased to announce the addition of Jenna Kirk as an Associate in the Business Immigration practice area and Labour & Employment Group, effective September 2, 2014. Jenna joins a growing Business Immigration practice and will also work on Labour & Employment matters at Field Law. Her previous experience articling at a boutique immigration law firm and as a student in the legal department of a large natural resources company will serve her well in these dynamic practice areas.
“It is a privilege to be joining Field Law where I can continue to develop legal skills in areas where my passion lies. Field Law is known for its commitment to high professional standards and it has a great firm culture” says Jenna Kirk. “Ethical practice and compassion for the people who we advise, represent and work with is reflective of my values. I am excited to get to know our Business Immigration and Labour & Employment clients and to achieve results for them.”
“Jenna is a valuable addition to the Field Law team,” comments practice group leader Vance Langford. “Her prior experience in business immigration and employment law and her desire to focus on these areas makes her a strategic hire for us. We look forward to introducing her to our clients.”
Jenna graduated from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and was called to the bar in July, 2014. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University. Outside of her law practice, Jenna actively gives back to the community where she works and lives, most recently as a volunteer lawyer with Student Legal Assistance.
September 4, 2014
Field Law Receives Fourth Place Ranking in Canadian Lawyer Top Western & Northern Firms Survey
Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce they have received a fourth place ranking in the annual Canadian Lawyer Top Western and Northern Firms Survey. This ranking reflects a significant leap over the past two years as Field Law moved from seventh to fourth place. The ranking places Field Law as the second primarily Alberta-based firm. Every two years, Canadian Lawyer reaches out to lawyers and in-house counsel across Canada to vote on the top regional firms in Western and Northern Canada. Respondents are asked to rank the top 10 firms in the areas of regional service coverage, client base, notable mandates, service excellence, and legal expertise. To be considered in the vote, firms are required to have offices primarily in Alberta, British Columbia, and the territories, as well as offer a wide range of legal services. The final rankings are determined through a points system, in which firms are listed on a sliding scale from first to 10th place based on the number of votes received.
“It is a great honour to receive this recognition from our peers and in-house counsel across Canada,” comments James Casey, Managing Partner, Field Law. “I think this is a reflection of our flexible and strong team of lawyers. We continually adapt to the evolving needs of our clients while maintaining a high quality of service. We are truly humbled by this acknowledgement.”
Field Law has developed into a high performing business to contend with the challenges of today's tough and rapidly changing marketplace. By harnessing technology and focusing on professional excellence in legal and client services, Field Law is able to retain a loyal client base while continuously attracting new clientele and legal talent.
One survey respondent commented that Field provides “extremely good value for the fees paid,” while another was impressed by Field’s “level of personalized service and willingness to work as part of a larger team”.
Field Law is pleased to welcome Karen Tereposky as an Associate in the Calgary Labour and Employment Group, effective July 2014. Karen’s experience began with a clerkship at the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan and continued with associate positions at a major national law firm and a large regional firm. There she obtained a broad range of litigation experience, working on significant projects in the areas of insolvency, employment law, oil and gas and general commercial litigation.
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Karen was called to the Bar in 2000 and has since accumulated expertise in the areas of labour and employment litigation, as well as bankruptcy, insolvency and security enforcement. Karen has been practicing law for over ten years and has appeared in the Saskatchewan and Alberta Courts of Queen's Bench.
July 3, 2014
Field Law Announces Award Winners of 2014 Community Fund Program
Regional law firm donates $30,000 to local Southern Alberta community initiatives for second year
Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce three winners of the 2014 Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program, which was created to support local community initiatives, had 84 applicants in its second year, with 38 stemming from the Southern Alberta market. Field Law granted three grand prize awards in the Southern Alberta market, providing funds to help launch or grow each local project. Each of the winners received all of the funds they requested. Winners were selected through a combination of online votes and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law people, interested clients and community members, allowing the public to weigh in on the projects closest to their hearts and communities. This allowed the panelists to know which projects resonated most with the local community so that they could factor this into their decision-making along with other criteria. Field Law’s 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.
Corporate social responsibility and community engagement is front of mind for the team at Field Law, both at a professional and personal level.
“We’re proud to be able to assist communities through our program in Southern Alberta,” said Doreen Saunderson, Executive Committee Member in the Calgary office at Field Law. “There were many worthy groups who requested awards in 2014, and we’re thrilled with the community award Program’s success for the second year. We believe that our contribution can positively impact people’s lives, and look forward to future opportunities to make a difference.”
Field Law congratulates the following grand prize winners of the 2014 Community Fund Program:
Defy Depression ($15,000 recipient)
Depression is insidious and impacts every aspect of one’s life no matter what gender, culture, or status one may be. One in five people are depressed and approximately one in twelve employees believe they are depressed although they have not been assessed. An individual who is depressed and untreated impacts at least three people in their network. Three million Canadians will experience depression at some point in their life, and annually the economic cost of depression is $7.9 billion. Yet depression is highly treatable: 80% of people can and do recover. The earlier it’s identified and treated; the more effective the outcome. Defy Depression is an initiative from the Calgary Counselling Centre based on a four pillar approach focusing on: Activation, Access, Training & Education, and Research. This initiative will build a stronger community, and a stronger economy.
The Saturday Children’s Learning Program ($10,000 recipient)
The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre (DDRC) is seeking this grant to launch the Saturday Children’s Learning Program with the objective of helping youth with autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities improve their day-to-day lives. Many children who have developmental disabilities require assistance, and their families lack the resources or networks to provide the best opportunities for these children. A second, but equally important benefit of the program is the opportunity for the parents and families of these young people to develop an organic support network of people facing the same challenges. This program will benefit youth ages 2 to 14 who have a developmental disability. As children with developmental disabilities are an at-risk youth population, the DDRC feels that this grant will allow our organization to begin bridging the gap between transitioning from youth to adult. Providing a resource for these basic skills to be further developed allows for these vulnerable youth to have more independent futures. The overall goal of this program is to begin building these basic skills at an early age.
Stampede for All ($5,000 recipient)
The Stampede for All idea received the most online votes in this Market with over 2,000 or 15% of the votes.
The Calgary Stampede is an exciting time of year that brings the best of our city to citizens, visitors and the communities we live in. Unfortunately, enjoying these festivities may be prohibitive to some of our city’s most vulnerable because of cost or physical ability. A special Stampede BBQ lunch will bring the food, entertainment and Stampede Spirit to nearly 700 vulnerable Calgarians from Horizon Housing Society’s tenants and community partners who may not normally have the means or physical ability to experience the Calgary Stampede. Because the majority of tenants do not own vehicles, and many are also in wheelchairs or otherwise physically challenged, Horizon Housing will deploy shuttle buses to pick up residents. Events like this Stampede BBQ are the first step to creating community, where individuals and families can make friends, establish connections and ultimately develop a support network that helps them better manage life’s challenges.
In addition to the $30,000 distributed in 2014 in the Southern Alberta market, Field Law distributed an additional $45,000 in the Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories markets to deserving projects, for a total of $75,000. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative. To learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com.