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
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:
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Field Law is pleased to announce that Melissa Cook has joined the Firm on January 13, 2014 as an Associate with our Calgary Business Law Group. Melissa joins Field Law with an established corporate/commercial practice that has an emphasis on securities work.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Field Law is pleased to announce the election of Vance Langford, Partner and Leader of its Business Immigration Group, to the position of Secretary for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), National Immigration Law Section for upcoming 2013-2014 term. Vance will complete five successive terms as an officer of the Section, including Chair in 2016-2017. Prior to his election as Secretary, Vance served as Chair of the Alberta Immigration Law Section and as an elected Executive Member of the National Immigration Law Section since 2007.
“I am extremely honoured to serve the Members of the National Immigration Law Section," says Vance. "I look forward to continuing work with the members of the Executive Committee from across Canada and the tremendous staff at the Canadian Bar Association.”
In 2012-13, the National Immigration Law Section celebrated its 30th anniversary and was awarded the CBA National Sections Council Award of Excellence. The Section provides resources to its members and promotes improvements to the Canadian immigration system. In May 2014, the Section will hold its National Immigration Law Conference in Calgary.
Vance graduated with Distinction with a Master of Laws from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2000 after completing his Bachelor of Laws at the University of British Columbia in 1997. As a practitioner, author, mentor and advocate, he has been has been addressing immigration and refugee law issues for more than 25 years.
Field Law’s Business Immigration Group provides services to businesses and individuals related to work permits, labour market opinions, permanent residence, citizenship and related matters including customs, trade and investment laws.
Related Links: National Immigration Law Section Website,
September 26, 2013
Announcing the 2013 Field Law Community Fund Program Award Winners!
We're pleased to officially announce the Award winners* of the Field Law Community Fund Program for 2013. These outstanding individuals and groups have demonstrated an understanding of the areas of need within each of their communities and, with the funds from the Program, will work to make a difference in each community.
The Field Law Community Fund Program received 83 applications for funding, including those that support at-risk youth, education, homeless, women’s organizations, community sports and arts and culture. Through a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a local judging panel finalists were selected to receive anywhere from $1,000 to the total annual award of $30,000 (depending on the market).
Please find below, the list of Program Award winners in Southern and Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
At least $30,000 will be distributed in 2014 in both Calgary and Edmonton markets and $15,000 in the Yellowknife market for a total of $75,000. Community partnership is a top priority for Field Law. Many members of the Field Law team regularly volunteer and contribute to the community on an individual basis. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and Northwest Territories and is anticipated to become an annual initiative. To learn more, visit fieldlawcommunityfund.com.
*Award winners are subject to correctly answering the skill testing question as provided in the Eligibility, Rules and Regulations.
Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program Website
Field Law Launches Student Recruitment Website
We are excited to launch our newly designed student recruitment website, www.fieldlawstudentrecruitment.com , which aims to provide law students with an accessible and engaging portal through which they can learn about student recruitment at Field Law as well as apply for articling and summer student positions.
The user-friendly layout of the site provides students with a unique insight into what it means to article or summer with Field Law, as well as tips and tricks to help streamline the application process, helping students to make the best decisions for their goals and future law career.
Related Link: Field Law Student Recruitment website