March 9, 2015
Labour and Employment: Year in Review Part Two - Session 2.1
March 10, 2015
Labour and Employment: Year in Review Part Two - Session 2.3
March 17, 2015
Labour and Employment: Year in Review Part Two - Session 2.4
February 25, 2015
New Office Manager Joins Field Law’s Edmonton Team
Field Law is pleased to welcome its newest Office Manager, Laurie Watters, to the Edmonton office, effective February 17, 2015. A seasoned professional, Laurie comes to Field Law with more than 25 years of human resources experience, primarily in the oil and gas industry. Her focus is aligning effective HR practices with overall corporate goals. Laurie has lead the strategic development and application of HR processes in the areas of compensation and benefits, recruitment, performance management, learning and development, retention management, career development and workforce management.
Laurie obtained her HR Management Diploma (with distinction) from Grant MacEwan University in 1999, her Certified Human Resources Professional designation in 2004, a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Alberta in 2007, as well as a Certified Compensation Professional designation in 2007. She is a member of Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Canadian Society of Training and Development, and World at Work.
“It is exciting to be joining such a well-established business, especially during their centennial year,” says Laurie. “I look forward to contributing to the Field Law team and learning more about the legal field from my coworkers at the firm.”
February 9, 2015
Vance Langford Appointed to The Board of Governors of Bow Valley College
Partner Vance Langford was appointed to The Board of Governors of Bow Valley College. Vance's term will run until January 2018. We congratulate Vance on his appointment.
January 6, 2015
Yellowknife Welcomes New Field Law Office Manager
Field Law is excited to announce the addition of Kat Saunders, Office Manager, to the Yellowknife team, effective January 6, 2015. Kat brings a wide range of managerial experience from her work in both the public and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Kat acted as office manager and community program coordinator for the Kitikmeot Law Centre, a regional legal aid clinic run by the Nunavut Legal Services Board out of Cambridge Bay, NU. She also filled the role of acting executive director during her time at Kitikmeot, and oversaw four satellite locations in addition to the centre’s main office.
Kat offers a deep-rooted knowledge of organizational problem solving and is also well versed in the facilitation of departmental partnerships to improve company programming and processes. As a detail-oriented individual, she has had the opportunity to develop and improve office resources, including internal training programs, staff acquisition and retention strategies, and conflict resolution tactics.
“My focus as a manager has always been on the people I work with,” says Kat. “I look forward to supporting Field Law’s Yellowknife team and creating a foundation of trust and common understanding that will foster a positive, team-oriented work environment."
Field Law is pleased to welcome Anthony Burden as an associate in the Insurance and General Litigation Groups effective January 19, 2015.
Anthony accumulated a broad range of legal experience throughout his apprenticeship at a mid-size Edmonton firm. Following his call to the bar in 2014, Anthony focused his practice on litigation, specifically in the areas of insurance defence, personal injury and construction.
“We are excited to have Anthony join our team,” said Dan Downe, Insurance Group leader. “His commitment to professionalism and client care will be a valuable addition to the Insurance and General Litigation Groups and we look forward to building on his solid foundation of legal experience.”
Effective July 21, 2014, Field Law was pleased to announce the addition of lawyer Malkit Atwal to the Wills, Trusts and Estates; Estate Litigation and Dispute Resolution; and Transaction and Corporate groups. Primarily practicing in the areas of estate planning, estate litigation and estate administration, Malkit brings experience in working with clients from both a global and regional perspective. With a clear understanding in matters of will, family relief, estate trustees and undue influence claims, Malkit’s knowledge and skillsets cover a broad spectrum of legal topics.
Malkit represents both professional trust companies and individuals in a wide variety of estate matters, including wills, trusts, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives. Malkit also represents clients requiring assistance with contested wills, family relief claims, undue influence claims and the removal of estate trustees.
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”.